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News Release C. Fred Bergsten Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
November 20, 2014
WASHINGTON—The Peterson Institute for International Economics is pleased to announce that its founding director, C. Fred Bergsten, has been awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. On behalf of Ge ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Are Russia's Usable Reserves Running Dangerously Low?
Anders Aslund — November 20, 2014
Russia is heading toward a serious financial squeeze next year, despite the confident statements of President Vladimir Putin. The official figures accounting for Russia's international reserves show a dramatic decline in international reserves, but an examination of the numbers reveals that the s ...

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Nuclear Talk: Leon Panetta’s Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace
Stephan Haggard — November 20, 2014
Leon Panetta is an extraordinary public servant. He served in the House from 1977 to 1993, then as Director of the OMB from 1993 to 1994 and as Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997. After founding the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, prov ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Double Win for the Trade Liberalization in Bali
Cathleen Cimino — November 19, 2014
Two recent developments have the trade world buzzing and for good reason: the US-China agreement on tariff liberalization as part of the expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and the US-India resolution to the impasse over the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). These two agreements, al ...

Testimony Ukraine: How It Can Combat Corruption
Anders Aslund — November 19, 2014
Ukraine needs all the international support it can get to fight its imminent financial crisis and internal corruption, and the United States has a major interest in Ukraine's success.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch The New Ukrainian Government Must Save the Country
Anders Aslund — November 19, 2014
Ukraine is in a vicious financial crisis. Threatened constantly by Russian military aggression, the country faces a financial meltdown within the next four months. At the end of October, its international reserves fell to $12.6 billion, below the threshold considered critical for solvency. The hr ...

China Economic Watch Chart of the Week: China Maintains Commitment to Reduce Financial Risks
Ryan Rutkowski — November 18, 2014
Last week, the Peoples Bank of China released total social financing data showing credit growth continued to slow in October. Credit growth in the first ten months of the year wa ...

Op-ed Why We Won't Have Real Pay Growth until 2016 at the Earliest
David G. Blanchflower — November 17, 2014
The UK unemployment rate has recently fallen down to 6 percent, down from 8 percent in early 2010, but there has been no rise in pay. This has largely to do with the rise in underemployment.

China Economic Watch US-China Climate Deal: Walking on Water?
Jan Zilinsky and Sean Miner — November 14, 2014
One of the biggest headlines to come out of the APEC meetings in Beijing was the accord between China and the US on limits of CO2 emissions.  The U.S. agreed to cut emissions by 26 to 28 pe ...

Policy Brief 14-24 An Economic Strategy to Save Ukraine [pdf]
Anders Aslund — November 13, 2014
If the current ceasefire in the east holds, Ukraine has a great opportunity to break out of its vicious circle of economic underperformance. Yet, the window of opportunity is likely to be brief. The new government will have to act fast and hard on many fronts to succeed. Åslund lays out the strategy.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch IMF Governance Reform: Unfinished Business for the 113th Congress
Edwin M. Truman — November 12, 2014
US senators and representatives return to Washington on November 12 to complete the urgent unfinished business of the 113th Congress. They have a lot unfinished, and very high on that list for both the administration and the Congress should be approval of the 2010 International Monetary Fund (IMF ...

China Economic Watch China's Evolving Ties with Central Europe
Jan Zilinsky — November 12, 2014
When Miloš Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, visited China in late October, he said he hoped that a “full cancelation” of any visa requirements for Chinese citizens would be achieved in his lifetime (he is 70 years ...

Policy Brief 14-23 Why Bail-In Securities Are Fool’s Gold [pdf]
Avinash D. Persaud — November 12, 2014
Persaud explains why bail-in securities are fool’s gold and do not make sense in the more common and intractable case where many banks get into trouble at roughly the same time as the assets they own go bad.

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: China's Impact on Vietnam's Coal Industry
Sarah Oliver — November 10, 2014
China’s recent moves to shift away from coal consumption, through decisions to reinstate MFN tariff levels on coal imports and ban low-grade coal imports entirely, will likely add to the strain on coal producers, who are already hurt by declining wor ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch The European Union's Cap on Banker Bonuses Is a Good Idea
Avinash Persaud — November 6, 2014
Recently, Andrew Bailey, chief executive officer of the UK Prudential Regulatory Authority, came out against the European Union's cap on banker bonuses. The timing of his comments was odd. They undermined the European Banking Authority's new clampdown on banks' use of allowances to get around the ...


Peterson Institute for International Economics Announces New Funding Disclosure Steps [pdf]

A newly posted document gives our Statement of Principles, Facts about Our Funding, and charts and lists indicating funding sources and amounts in 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.



José Viñals

Global Financial Outlook: Challenges for Banks and Risks from Shadow Banks

José Viñals, financial counsellor and director of the monetary and capital markets department at the IMF, speaks at the Peterson Institute.

Patrick Low

Global Value Chains, Megaregionals, and Prospects for Multilateral Trade Cooperation

PIIE and the World Bank Group cohost a discussion with Jeffrey J. Schott and Patrick Low on multilateral trade.

Mohamed A. El-Erian

What Lies Ahead for the Global Economy: A BRICS Perspective

Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, delivered the Peterson Institute's tenth Whitman Lecture.

C. Fred Bergsten

Bridging the Pacific: Toward Free Trade and Investment between China and the United States

Coauthors C. Fred Bergsten, Gary Clyde Hufbauer, and Sean Miner present the conclusions of their latest book. Myron Brilliant, US Chamber of Commerce, provided comments.


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