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November 26, 2005

Economics
Kansas is flat, the world is not …

To paraphrase the New Economist, the Financial Times must think the world is flat.  They just gave Tom Friedman the inaugural Financial Times/ Goldman Sachs book prize last week - for a book based on…

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October 2, 2005

Capital Flows
A consequence of saying no to China’s (oops, CNOOC’s) bid for Unocal?

Or just the natural result of expectations that China's demand for imported energy will soar in the future?  Probably a bit of both. China clearly has no particular desire to export democracy, o…

June 14, 2006

Financial Markets
The shifting balance of oil power

The Wall Street Journal has noticed that the state is no longer in retreat from the commanding heights of the global economy.  The basic pattern of capital flows is now set by central banks, not priv…

April 24, 2006

RGE pays my salary, not the IIE — and I am not exactly a true believer in dark matter

Patrick Smith seems to be based in Hong Kong, so I guess I can forgive him for thinking I work for the IIE (the Institute for International Economics).  The IIE is a great place, but they , alas, don…

April 2, 2006

Europe
Daniel Gross continues to say interesting things about the global economy

Daniel Gross has noted one other way the US and continental Europe are more alike than different - corporate success hasn't translated into broad-based wage gains.    Corporate profits are rising…

December 13, 2006

Economics
Image, reality and the global flow of funds …

Most participants in US financial markets -- I suspect -- tend to think of the US market as a key global hub, with US financial markets serving helping to match the world's savings with the world…

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December 16, 2007

Economics
Weekend extra-credit -

Weekend reading for all those waiting for the US current account and TIC data on Monday. Time for a strong rupee policy?  This weeks’ Economics focus column intelligently discusses the policy d…

March 8, 2009

Financial Markets
The shadow financial system – as illustrated in three new papers that cut through the London fog

Gordon Brown wants to shine a bit more light on the shadow financial system (hat tip IPEZone). One plank of his G-20 action plan is: "reform of international regulation to close regulatory gaps so …

November 12, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama in Asia

Above the Fold: The big news of the week has been President Obama’s Asia trip.  The coverage at home has generally been positive.  Walter Russell Mead reviews the India leg of the trip and applauds…

Friday File: Obama in Asia

January 14, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Reading the Constitution

U.S. Constitution. (Courtesy the National Archives) I had intended to blog last week about the Republicans setting aside time last Thursday morning to read the U.S. Constitution out loud on the Hou…

U.S. Constitution.