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June 28, 2005

United States
More wisdom from Martin Wolf

Having laid out the problem on Monday, Martin Wolf offers his solutions in tomorrow’s Financial Times. He presents three answers to the question "what is to be done"One answer is: nothing. Let each c…

February 8, 2006

Monetary Policy
The central bank (and oil fund) bid

I am constantly amazed by the concern well paid Wall Street economists display for poor Chinese peasants.    China, you see, cannot revalue the RMB without devastating rural China.  A revalued RMB wo…

November 3, 2006

Emerging Markets
More Bolsa Familia, smaller fuel subsidies

That seems to be the IMF’s message to Latin America.    The latest regional outlook lauded programs like Brazil’s Bolsa Familia:“These and other social assistance programs show considerable progress …

July 23, 2007

First Blackstone, then Barclays …

The alliance between the Chinese state – lest we forget, still a (nominally) communist state -- and the high priests of global financial capitalism is close to complete.    Goldman, Royal Bank o…

February 2, 2009

Emerging Markets
It wasn’t just the market ...

James Saft of Reuters worries that the crisis will lead to a shift away from the "Davos consensus," especially as the market’s power had pulled so many out of poverty. "the stuff underlying the Da…

April 29, 2009

Financial Markets
Why were arguments against taking on risk discounted heavily during the boom?

Barry Eichengreen writes exceptionally well: "THE GREAT Credit Crisis has cast into doubt much of what we thought we knew about economics. We thought that monetary policy had tamed the business cycl…

July 31, 2009

Geoeconomics, in pictures

This post is by Brad Setser and Paul Swartz of the Council on Foreign Relations. No doubt today’s GDP release will attract the lion’s share of the econoblogosphere’s attention. But sometimes it …


January 8, 2010

Ten for the Teens

It’s that time, and everyone is doing it, so I thought I should try my hand. Ten predictions for the teens, 2010-2020, in Southeast Asia. (I encourage colleagues to venture predictions for their area…

June 10, 2010

Kan’s Kiheitai-Japan’s Militia

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Issei Kato On June 4, the national legislators of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) gathered to select Naoto Kan as their party’s new leader, and thus as Japan’s new Prim…

Kan’s Kiheitai-Japan’s Militia

February 5, 2010

India’s Rise: The Role of the Diaspora

My long-standing friendship with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began when we were both students in Cambridge in the mid-1950s. One personal anecdote in particular underlines dramatically why the Indi…