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North Korea: Witness to Transformation The Passport Index
Stephan Haggard — May 23, 2015
Social scientists like data, sometimes to their detriment. Thanks to my daughter Kit, I was alerted to the Passport Index, an interactive tool that ranks the passports of the world based on a simple metric: the number of countries that the passpo ...

China Economic Watch What Chinese investment could mean for Pakistan
Sarah Oliver — May 22, 2015
Last month, during his visit to Pakistan, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a 46 billion dollar investment plan aimed at developing infrastructure in the country. This announcement represents an ambitious jump in Chinese involvement in t ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch The Coming Greek Default: How Minister Varoufakis Thinks
Simeon Djankov — May 21, 2015
Earlier this week I spoke at the Emergency Economic Summit for Greece (held in Athens on May 19) and got a firsthand understanding of how Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis views a possible deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) a ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch China's Pivot to Latin America
Monica de Bolle — May 20, 2015
While President Obama pivots to Asia, China has unequivocally embarked on a symbolic and cash-abundant pivot to Latin America. Following President Xi Jinping's visit to the region in July 2014, Premier Li Keqiang has now arrived to seal the deal. His first stop in Brasilia rendered a US$50 billio ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Six Ways to Reduce Corruption in Greece
Simeon Djankov — May 19, 2015
Drawing on my experience in the government of Bulgaria, I offered six ways Greece can reduce corruption in a speech at the Emergency Economic Summit for Greece today in Athens. These guidelines are universal and apply to any country. 1. Reduce the redistributive role of the state. ...

Trade and Investment Policy Watch PIIE Chart: Improving Germany’s Business Investment Climate
Vijay Khosa — May 18, 2015
Germany's business environment has stalled and even deteriorated over the last year, according to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings. This may be a surprise to some given Germany is viewed as one of the most attractive foreign direct investment destinations in Western Europe.

Trade and Investment Policy Watch Progress Toward TPP Comments by C. Fred Bergsten
The Trade and Investment Editor — May 18, 2015
The Senate’s move toward passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), while approving separate legislation that would ban currency manipulation by trading partners, offers the best route to eventual approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to C. Fred Bergsten.

Working Paper 15-9 An Old Boys' Club No More: Pluralism in Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games [pdf]
Marcus Noland and Kevin Stahler — May 18, 2015
Marcus Noland and Kevin Stahler examine the growing diversity of participation and achievement in the Olympic Games.

Trade and Investment Policy Watch A Convincing Case For Passing the TPP
The Trade and Investment Editor — May 15, 2015
As the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) intensifies in Congress, Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, argues that critics are underestimating the benefits of the most significant trade deal involving the United States in more than 20 years.

China Economic Watch New York Times Interviews Nicholas R. Lardy on Markets and the State in China
Kent Troutman — May 15, 2015
In an interview with David Barboza of the New York Times, Nicholas R. Lardy reviews the findings from his latest book, ...

Paper Capital Markets Union: A Long-Term Vision [pdf]
Nicolas Veron and Guntram B. Wolff — May 14, 2015
A capital markets union (CMU) holds major potential for real benefits for jobs, growth, and financial resilience for the European Union—a potential that can only be achieved with a long-term structural policy agenda. Nicolas Véron and Guntram B. Wolff propose a staged process to sustain the necessary policy momentum to make the CMU fully worthy of its "union" label.

News Release Olivier Blanchard Appointed to Endowed Chair at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
May 14, 2015
Washington—The Peterson Institute for International Economics is pleased to announce that Olivier Blanchard, the world renowned macroeconomist who currently serves as chief economist and director of research at the International Monetar ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Does Germany’s Business Climate Live Up to Its Reputation?
Vijay Khosa — May 13, 2015
At a time when calls for structural and labor reform are echoing throughout Europe, Germany has maintained a reputation for fostering a business-friendly investment climate. This reputation results partly from the structural reforms undertaken in the early 2000s. Recent evidence from the World Ba ...

Trade and Investment Policy Watch ISDS Controversy
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — May 13, 2015
Last year, only trade wonks knew the acronym ISDS, Investor-State Dispute Settlement. Thanks to the battle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ISDS has now become a blogosphere term.

Policy Brief 15-7 Quantity Theory of Money Redux? Will Inflation Be the Legacy of Quantitative Easing? [pdf]
William R. Cline — May 12, 2015
William R. Cline examines the basis for concerns about inflation caused by quantitative easing in terms of the quantity theory of money, and finds that inflation has remained low despite a large buildup in the Fed's balance sheet not because the velocity of broad money has collapsed, but because the money multiplier has done so.



FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg

Progress Report on the Resolution of Systemically Important Financial Institutions

FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg discusses progress in developing a framework for the orderly failure of large, complex financial institutions without taxpayer bailouts and market breakdowns.

Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens

Challenges for Emerging Economies' Central Banks in the Face of Quantitative Easing in Advanced Economies

Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens delivers the Institute's 15th annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Lecture.

Ilan Goldfajn

Latin America: From Recovery to Slowdown

Ilan Goldfajn, former deputy governor at the Central Bank of Brazil, and Jose De Gregorio, former governor of the Central Bank of Chile, discuss emerging risks in Latin America.


The Future of Worldwide Income Distribution

Worldwide income distribution is becoming more equal. This video presents new evidence that global income inequality will decline further in 2035, largely owing to rapid economic growth in the emerging-market economies, with India, China, and Sub-Saharan Africa reaping the most gains.


Progress Toward TPP

C. Fred Bergsten explains why the Senate's approach of passing Trade Promotion Authority and a separate bill on currency provide the best path forward for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Debate Over ISDS

Gary Clyde Hufbauer explains why the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is aimed at averting expropriation of investments, not undercutting environmental or safety regulations in the United States.


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