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RealTime Economic Issues Watch The Future of Worldwide Income Distribution
Tomas Hellebrandt and Paolo Mauro — May 5, 2015
The debate about income distribution has focused on the trend of rising inequality in the United States and other advanced economies. Worldwide, however, income distribution is becoming more equal. This video presents new evidence derived from surveys of households worldwide, which projects eq ...

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Slave to the Blog: Human Rights Round Up
Stephan Haggard — May 5, 2015
A number of additional human rights items have popped up recently, in addition to the possible executions we covered last week. First up, the US and Korean missions at the UN ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Do Public Banks in Brazil Hurt Productivity?
Monica de Bolle — May 1, 2015
Much is said about lagging productivity growth in Latin America, particularly in comparison to emerging markets in other regions. The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has just released a book entitled Rethinking Productive Development, and one need not go beyond its initial pages t ...

Trade and Investment Policy Watch CEA Chairman Jason Furman on Trade, Innovation, and Economic Growth
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — May 1, 2015
What a fabulous show! The fight over Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become a trade wonk’s three-ring circus. Somewhat ignored in the spectacle are calmer accounts of the gains and losses from trade agreements.

Op-ed State Capitalism by Stealth, the New 21st Century Economic Reality
Douglas A. Rediker — April 30, 2015
Until recently, the term "state capitalism" referred primarily to state-owned enterprises competing with private companies. More recently, state capitalism has evolved to include more sophisticated means of state involvement.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch A New Negotiation Team in Greece Must Now Close the Deal with Europe
Angel Ubide — April 30, 2015
The unceremonious sidelining of Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis of Greece from the negotiations between Athens and the euro area opens a new phase in the crisis. Whether a solution is in the offing remains to be seen. But as predicted, Varoufa ...

China Economic Watch Property Series Part 2: China's Property Correction in Historical Perspective
Kent Troutman — April 30, 2015
This is part 2 in a series about China’s property market. See here for part 1. The property market in China is clearly in a correction. As we showed in a previous post, price growth is deep in negative territory and all signs are pointing ...

China Economic Watch Property Series Part 1: Trends in China’s Property Market
Sean Miner — April 28, 2015
This is part 1 in a series about China’s property market. In this post we try to give a broad update of China’s property market the past several years.  We take a look at housing prices versus quantity of floor space then we’ll wrap up with an overview of the housing policies Beijing imp ...

Op-ed Freeing American Crude: Oil Export Controls Amount to a Trifecta of Bad Policy
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — April 28, 2015
The US ban on crude oil exports combines bad economics with harmful national security overtones and violates US obligations to the world trading system.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Pension Reform in Bulgaria—Increasing Youth Unemployment
Simeon Djankov — April 27, 2015
Like many countries in Eastern Europe and the developed world generally, Bulgaria faces the challenge of unfunded liabilities in its pension system. Reforming the system has been debated in Bulgaria over the past decade. Recent proposals for reform, including the introduction of higher social sec ...

China Economic Watch Chart of the Week: China Ends its Exports Tax for Rare Earths
Sarah Oliver — April 27, 2015
This week, China announced that it was ending its export tax on rare earth minerals, essential components of many electronics, including computers and smartphones.  This ann ...

Policy Brief 15-6 From Rapid Recovery to Slowdown: Why Recent Economic Growth in Latin America Has Been Slow [pdf]
José De Gregorio — April 27, 2015
José De Gregorio finds that the recent growth slowdown in Latin America was not caused by external factors but was mostly cyclical in nature and a result of low productivity growth.

Op-ed Is Economic Openness an "Enemy of the People"?
Monica de Bolle — April 24, 2015
Protectionist arguments reflect an intense concern over specific groups that would lose from increased openness without taking stock of the countless others who would benefit from liberalization.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Brazil's Adjustment: It's (not) Mostly Fiscal
Monica de Bolle — April 23, 2015
Much has been said recently about the urgent need for fiscal adjustment in Brazil. Finance Minister Joaquim Levy conveyed this message during his trip to Washington in April, and President Dilma Rousseff began her second term in office in January by moving toward the removal of key price distorti ...

Trade and Investment Policy Watch Crude Oil Export Controls: A Trifecta of Bad Policy
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — April 23, 2015
It’s rare to find a policy that combines bad economics with harmful national security overtones and, at the same time, violates US obligations to the world trading system. But US restrictions on crude oil exports are just that rare bird.

RECENT EVENTS

 

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.

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Further Steps towards a Thriving Economic and Monetary Union

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, discusses how to secure a thriving Economic and Monetary Union.

Anders Aslund

Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

Anders Åslund presents the findings of his latest book on Ukraine, followed by comments from Ukrainian ministers Natalie Jaresko and Aivaras Abromavicius.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

Agenda for European Competition Policy

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager lays out her agenda for European competition policy over the next five years.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Tax Reforms in India: Vision for the Future

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discusses the crucial overhaul of India's indirect tax system.

SECULAR STAGNATION



The Case Against Secular Stagnation

Four PIIE experts say that, contrary to the arguments of some experts, the world economy is not afflicted by "secular stagnation," and that significant untapped economic potential in Europe and China combined with better fiscal policies can spur economic growth.

TRADE AND INVESTMENT



Benefits to the US Economy in Eight Charts

The benefits to the US economy from cross-border trade and investment are narrated and visualized through eight charts. They focus on the significant growth of two-way trade and investment, higher earnings in export-intensive industries, and the changing nature of trade in a globalized economy.

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