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October 19, 2006

China
The Economist v. Nick Lardy

China’s goods and services trade surplus is set to increase from $50b in 2004 to $185b in 2006.  China’s current account surplus is set to rise from around 3-4% of China’s 2004 GDP to around 9% of it…

June 29, 2012

Health Policy and Initiatives
John Roberts, Environmental Economist

Commentary in the aftermath of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has focused on its immediate political and policy consequences and on the limits it articulates to t…

September 12, 2018

Mali
Africa is the Fastest Urbanizing Place on the Planet

Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world.

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September 23, 2006

China
The Economist sides with Tyler Cowen

A quick synopsis of the last five years. The RMB tumbles against the euro (and most European currencies). Chinese exports to Europe surge, growing faster than Chinese exports to the US (eve…

September 14, 2018

Financial Markets
The Dangerous Myth We Still Believe About the Lehman Brothers Bust

The new consensus about the cause of the 2008 financial crisis is seductive — and misleading. Sebastian Mallaby presents an alternative opinion.

A street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City.

September 21, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Treatment of Terrorists: How Does Gender Affect Justice?

From arrest to sentencing to post-conflict reintegration and disarmament programming, evidence suggests that governments tend to be less responsive to women in terrorism compared to their male counte…

A Belgian police officer stands guard outside a courtroom during the trial of one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks.

September 20, 2018

Israel
What Israel’s Campaign to End Prostitution Teaches Us About Women Leaders

Over the course of decades, a determined coalition of Israeli women legislators found common ground to pass new legislation on prostitution.

Dr. Aliza Lavie celebrates exit poll results at the Yesh Atid party's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

June 20, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Economists’ Expectations for Fed Meeting

A majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the Federal Reserve to decide today to extend Operation Twist, but not to initiate another round of quantitative easing. Operation Twist is an ef…

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September 11, 2018

Health
New, Affordable Technology is Improving Women's Health Access

Just as the mobile phone and solar energy have allowed developing nations to leap-frog into more advanced stages of technology, advances in medical technology can provide easy access to maternal and …

Pregnant patient Angelica Martinez is checked by a doctor at a health program in Caracas.

September 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Augusta Victoria Mistake

As a strong supporter of the Trump administration's Middle East policy, I believe the president's recent decisions dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are correct--except for one. Everyt…