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A Dramatic Opening with Cuba
December 18, 2014
Barbara Kotschwar, who was in Havana when normalization with Cuba was announced, assesses the impact and the prospects for renewed economic ties.
Economic Crisis in Russia
December 17, 2014
Anders Åslund analyzes Russia's economic woes and says the only way out is to get sanctions lifted by reversing course on Ukraine.
Europe Continues to Lag on Structural Reform
November 24, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard discusses the reasons why the drive for labor market and other structural reforms in Europe has stalled because of opposition from special interests.
A Breakthrough on Trade
November 21, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Cathleen Cimino explains why a new technology agreement with China and a compromise over India’s food subsidies has revived the Obama administration’s trade agenda.
Were European Bank Stress Tests a Whitewash?
October 29, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Morris Goldstein lists many shortcomings of the comprehensive assessment of banks in Europe, which he says would have found major banks lacking capital if more rigorous standards had been applied.
A Post-Electoral Test for Brazil’s Economy
October 29, 2014
Barbara Kotschwar explains that President Dilma Roussef of Brazil, reelected in a close race, must now try to revive the economy while continuing policies to help the poor.
Europe Turns against France
October 10, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Nicolas Véron discuss France's confrontation with the European Union over the French failure to meet its commitments on fiscal consolidation.
A Step Forward on Sovereign Debt
October 7, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anna Gelpern assesses the International Monetary Fund's proposals for debt agreements aimed at averting disputes like the one that has plagued Argentina and its creditors.
Why Wage Rates are Stagnating Despite Falling Unemployment
September 23, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
David G. Blanchflower discusses his research with Adam S. Posen demonstrating that lower jobless rates are masking the problem of people outside the official labor force who are still looking for work.
Battle to Save the Export-Import Bank
September 17, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
C. Fred Bergsten explains why the US Export-Import Bank is essential to a successful US trade strategy—and what might be done to limit export subsidies worldwide.