Blogs&Reviews

  • Addressing global imbalances requires cooperation

    Maurice Obstfeld, 10 August 2018

    The IMF's 2018 External Sector Report assesses the current account balances for the 30 largest economies. In this post, Maurice Obstfeld outlines the key findings of the report.

  • Introducing a new Brexit policy panel

    Anand Menon, Jonathan Portes, 09 August 2018

    In this post, Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes summarise the results of the first in a monthly series of surveys in which a cross-disciplinary group of leading social scientists are asked their views on three key areas of uncertainty around Brexit: if — and when — the UK will leave the EU; how Brexit will affect British politics; and what our relationship with the EU is likely to look like in the future.

  • Our Gilded Age (India version)

    Diane Coyle, 08 August 2018

    Diane Coyle reviews James Crabtree’s "The Billionaire Raj", which offers a window on India’s super-wealthy and on on an extraordinary period of change in the country.

  • Red and Blue: One country or two?

    Helen Popper, 06 August 2018

    Republican and Democrat states, and their economies, differ. In this post, Helen Popper and David Parsley ask whether they are as different as economies from two distinct countries.

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  • Chad Bown, Euijin Jung, Zhiyao (Lucy) Lu, 19 June 2018

    On 15 June, the Trump administration produced the list of specific Chinese products on which it soon plans to impose tariffs. In this post, Chad Bown, Euijin Jung and Zhiyao Lu examine this list and China's proposed retaliation, and argue that even companies that are not suffering yet from China’s mistreatment will soon be hurting because of tariff-induced higher costs.

  • Jonathan Portes, 19 June 2018

    A 2018 Equality and Human Rights Commission report predicts a dramatic rise in child poverty. Jonathan Portes, a co-authorof the report, challenges Christopher Snowdon, a scepticof such gloomy predictions, to a bet to see who is right.

  • Michele Ruta, 18 June 2018

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious effort to improve connectivity on a trans-continental scale through infrastructure investment and regional cooperation. The initiative has the potential to accelerate the rate of economic integration and development, as trade costs decline. But, like any large undertaking, there are significant policy and economic challenges. In this post, Michele Ruta describes key opportunities and risks of the initiative. 

  • Diane Coyle, 18 June 2018

    Diane Coyle reviews Daniel Cohen’s "The Infinite Desire for Growth", which provides a concise, bird’s-eye view of the many issues that are being debated on economic growth, from the dawn of civilisation to the present and future.

  • Paul De Grauwe, 16 June 2018

    Russia's weight in global geopolitics is much greater than may be implied by its GDP or military spending. Exploring why that may be so, Paul De Grauwe looks at Russia’s nuclear arsenal and its role as a supplier of raw materials, including oil and gas, and argues that Russia is strong because Europe grants it that power.

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