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September 18, 2006

Monetary Policy
China’s future?

The Bank of Korea is taking ongoing losses on its reserve holdings.    South Korea's central bank may have a loss of as much as 3 trillion won ($3.1 billion) in 2006 because of interest costs f…

November 21, 2006

The booms in Spanish and Irish real estate make the US real estate boom look timid

I have outsourced Thanksgiving blogging to Charles Gottlieb of the Center for European policy studies in Brussels.   (Charles.gottlieb at ceps.be)His topic: The Spanish and Irish housing booms (or bu…


December 23, 2006

United States
Malpass on the US trade deficit …

Tis the season to be compassionate. And I guess that also applies to those who are allowed to grace the Wall Street Journal’s oped page – The opinions there rarely come as much of a surprise. …

April 6, 2007

Immigration and Migration
High Tide for Mexican Immigration

I wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times yesterday that has received a fairly strong response (you can find it here). Many responders - understandably - concentrate on the current effects of illeg…

April 13, 2008

Emerging Markets
Case closed: A savings glut, not an investment drought

The data at the back of the IMF’s latest WEO (table A16) indicate that the emerging world’s savings surplus stems from a “glut” of savings, not a “drought” of investment. In 2007, the savings rate o…


November 23, 2008

A new economic team

As Calculated Risk notes, before moving to New York I worked for Mr. Geithner at both the Treasury and the IMF. Mr. Geithner was, by the end of the 1990s, in charge of Treasury’s International Aff…

May 27, 2009

Politics and Government
The Line of Fire

I wrote the following piece on crime in Venezuela for foreignpolicy.com. Mention violence in Latin America today and most people think of Mexico. But if you want to talk about murder, the region’s ho…


December 16, 2009

Thailand’s Southern Insurgency

While most of the US policy-making community focuses on the AfPak theater, in southern Thailand another violent insurgency, which has attracted virtually no media attention, has proven nearly as dead…

January 19, 2010

Chile Votes for Change

Despite the calm, Chile’s presidential election Sunday was one of the transformative political moments in Latin America in recent years. Chile has transitioned toward a more pluralistic democracy and…


February 8, 2010

Anwar and Malaysia’s Unfortunate Downturn

When has any potential success story fallen as far and as fast in recent years as Malaysia? Sure, Iceland’s economy has collapsed, after its banks made such risky loans they made American financial i…