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March 1, 2004

Economics
In Defense of Globalization

An internationally renowned economist, Jagdish Bhagwati takes conventional wisdom—that globalization is the cause of several social ills—and turns it on its head. Properly regulated, globalization, h…

September 16, 2004

United States
Growing out of the trade deficit

The U.S. government’s spin on the widening trade deficit is that it reflects a growth deficit in the rest of the world. This spin does not hold up well. All parts of the world other than Europe are…

June 30, 2005

Capital Flows
CNOOC (once again)

The CNOOC bid presumably is motivated by two things. One, Beijing has plenty of cash, and already holds more Treasuries than it wants, so it wants to diversify its portfolio. As I argued earlier, C…

June 29, 2005

Capital Flows
Selling off little pieces of yourself

If the US wanted to fund its current account deficit by selling equity, it would need to sell off the equivalent of 40 Unocal’s a year -- whether Chinese state firms, European firms, Japanese insurer…

November 16, 2005

United States
The Twin Deficits … an early look into 2006

I wanted to try to pull together some of my thoughts after various data releases of last week:The US September trade dataThe Chinese October trade dataThe October US budget dataAnd from a bit earlier…

2004 non oil trade

June 7, 2005

China
Creditors, Debtors, Partners, Strategic Rivals, Mallaby, Pesek

Sebastian Mallaby is tired of the US blaming China for its own problems -- and notes, correctly, that the US hasn’t been terribly responsive to international criticism of its own policies.But who doe…

November 3, 2005

Emerging Markets
What ever happened to US relations with Latin America?

One of the things that has fascinated me is that US-Latin America relations have soured so much under Bush's watch.  I think I am fascinated in part because I don't really buy the standard ex…

January 10, 2006

United States
Directing the perennial dollar horror story

(Dollar) gloom and doom sells.  Even if it isn't true.So says Bloggin' Wall Street Folks who worry about the trade deficit are in denial. They cannot accept that in the new (financial globali…

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November 6, 2005

Economics
What risks should the American workforce assume in a more global economy?

Sebastian Mallaby had an interesting column in last Monday's Washington Post.   Mallaby highlights what he calls the biggest economic argument of the day -- namely, what role does the government …

December 5, 2006

Economics
Working to privatize Social Security = working against free trade … and a bit more on the politics of agricultural trade

Privatizing (or eliminating) social security and eliminating the United States remaining barriers to trade fit together well in theory.   Both consistent with a philosophy of reducing the government&…