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March 8, 2005

Financial Markets
I hope Andy Xie is wrong about this

Xie argues that Chinese prices won’t converge to US levels; rather US prices are likely to need to fall to Chinese levels.When a small economy like South Korea begins to develop, it is quite reasonab…

March 22, 2005

Financial Markets
The $1.3 billion question: What will happen to the renminbi

A week in China certainly does not make me an expert. Like many, I see China through the filter of English-speaking Chinese economists, and, to more precise, through the filter of those economists a…

April 11, 2005

United States
Skating on incredibly thin ice

Altogether, the circumstances seem to be as dangerous and intractable as any I can remember, and I can remember quite a lot. What really concerns me is that there seems to be so little willingness o…

April 15, 2005

Emerging Markets
Large players in large markets, part two

Brad DeLong is rather skilled at squeezing the fat off a post, and then creating something that is sharper, more succinct and often far better than the initial post. I know. He does it to me every n…

April 17, 2005

Economics
A few things Europe does (relatively) well

Some Europeans enjoy taking a few rhetorical pot shots at America every now and then. More and more Americans enjoy reciprocating.I suspect that US criticism of Europe will step up a gear in the nea…

April 22, 2005

Emerging Markets
This kind of thing usually happens in Ecuador when oil is at $20, not $50

Ecuador is not the most stable country in the Western Hemisphere. The best one can say about its political system is that it is disfunctional.Still, oil is around $50 a barrel and Ecuador exports oi…

April 27, 2005

United States
The comfortable road to ruin …

Read Martin Wolf’s latest column. His focus on emerging economies -- particularly in Asia -- is dead on. The "glut" of global savings originates there, far more than in Europe. The Euro zone’s cur…

April 29, 2005

Emerging Markets
China Trip Report

Nouriel and I put pen to paper and laid out our take on China. Our paper reflects on the trip we took there last month, along with the reading we did to prepare for the trip. There is nothing new her…

May 1, 2005

China
Will China get hit by the cover jinx?

It is a bit hard to start shorting the renminbi (RMB/ the Chinese currency) just because China has now made its appearance on the cover of Newsweek. It is hard to short something that has yet to be …

May 6, 2005

Economics
The Neiman Marcus economy powers on …

Luxury retailers are doing better than retailers that sell to poor folks ... that probably reflects the difference between those who are trying to get by on stagnant wage income in the face of higher…