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Posted on Mon, 31 July  2017:

Ten ways to expand US growth, IMF Survey, by Y Abdih, 27 July 17:
With the economy at full employment, the US will need to gradually remove both fiscal and monetary support, while intensifying efforts to address multiple constraints in the medium term, the IMF says in its latest report

Economics with a humanities face, Project Syndicate, by Morson and Schapiro, 29 July 17 [via Financial Express/Bangladesh]:
As one observer put it bluntly: "Economists literally think they have nothing to learn from anyone else." In fact, economists would benefit greatly if they broadened their focus, write Northwestern Univ arts prof; and economist/pres

Encouraging investment policy and promotion reform in times of uncertainty, World Bank (blog), by A Karim, 06 July 17:
For many nations, foreign direct investment (FDI) can be elusive, and chasing it can lead policy makers to frustration. Even economies built by FDI are aware that attracting and retaining FDI is not an easy task, writes WB priv sector specialist

Posted on Thu, 27 July  2017:

Joseph Stiglitz: Why tax cuts for the rich solve nothing, Project Syndicate, 27 July 17 [via Euronews]:
Although America's right-wing plutocrats may disagree about how to rank the country's major problems, the solution is always the same: lower taxes and deregulation, to "incentivize" investors and "free up" the economy, writes 2001 Nobel Laureate

Broadening financing options for infrastructure in Emerging Asia, OECD (blog), by Tanaka and Ibrahim, 13 Apr 17:
Agreeing on the need for new infra is one thing; finding a sustainable way to finance it is another. How best to finance infra is, therefore, a key concern for policy makers, write Development Ctr Asia Desk head; and economist

Straight from North Korea - Traveling to NK: brave or crazy?, Korea Times, by D Bandow, 21 July 17:
In the popular mind, there may be no more forbidding destination on earth. I’ve never had as many people ask if I was serious when I mentioned I was heading to North Korea last month, writes Cato Inst senior fellow

Posted on Tue, 25 July  2017:

South Korea shifts gears, aims at more labor-friendly growth, AP, 25 July 17:
S.Korea's new leadership has promised to help many left behind as the country grew prosperous, laying out a new five-year econ plan that promises to boost incomes and improve the country's sagging social safety net

Steve Hanke: 20th anniv, Asian Financial Crisis - Clinton, the IMF and Wall Street Journal toppled Suharto, Forbes, 06 July 17:
By Jan '98, Pres Suharto realized that the IMF medicine was not working and sought a 2nd opinion. In Feb, I was invited to offer that opinion and was appointed as Suharto's Special Counselor, writes Johns Hopkins Univ economist

What we have seen and learned 20 years after the Asian Financial Crisis, IMF (blog), by M Furusawa, 13 July 17:
The 20th anniversary is a good moment to ask whether the region is better prepared today to address another major shock. Important vulnerabilities remain, but the overall picture is one of greater resilience, writes IMF dep managing dir

Posted on Sun, 23 July  2017:

Jeffrey Sachs: America, we still have a jobs problem, CNN, 07 July 17:
For those with a college degree or above, life is good. Jobs are plentiful, incomes are rising. For those without a college degree, the situation is starkly different, writes author of Building the New American Economy: Smart, fair, and sustainable (2017)

David Dollar: Global value chains provide new opportunities to developing countries, Brookings (blog), 19 July 17:
Developing nations traditionally exported unprocessed raw materials. The leap to exporting manufacture products was complicated because it required a full suite of complementary industries, writes fmr US Treasury's econ/fin emissary to China

Coffee/Tea Room: Kate Raworth--Why the game of Monopoly was invented, Aeon, 21 July 17:
The game's little-known inventor would no doubt have made herself go directly to jail if she'd lived to know just how influential today's twisted version of her game has turned out to be, writes author of Doughnut Economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist (2017)

Posted on Thu, 20 July  2017:

Edward Glaeser: Why the portion of Americans with jobs keeps shrinking, Dallas Morning News, 11 July 17:
Politicians, when they do focus on long-term unemployment, too often advance poorly targeted solutions, such as faster growth, more infrastructure investment, and less trade, writes Harvard economist

Expectations and reality collide in active labor market policies, World Bank, 16 Mar 17:
Headlines from around the world warn of an impending crisis: how will nations create enough jobs for the next generation of workers? In this context, it's essential to understand how to design effective labor market policies

Collier and Haas: Here's why growing cities should tax land to pay for essential services, CityMetric/UK, 03 July 17:
People moving from rural areas into the cities expect better public services and infrastructure. And yet, many municipal authorities lack the capacity to provide these, write Univ Oxford economist; and Intl Growth Ctr senior economist

Posted on Tue, 18 July  2017:

Which group will drive the upswing in global growth? Big emerging economies vs the G7, Brookings (blog), 14 July 17:
Global economic growth is gaining momentum. While better econ news from the major industrial economies has been getting attention, what have been overlooked are the main drivers of this anticipated pickup, writes Inst senior fellow

Cogan, Hubbard, Taylor & Warsh: On the prospects for higher US economic growth, Hoover-Amer Enterp Inst, 18 July 17:
We do not share the view that the recent period of weak growth was simply an inevitable result of the financial crisis. Econ recoveries tend to be stronger after deep recessions, says Hoover-AEI economists' white paper

Looking beyond finance, Business Times/Singapore, by Mischke and Lin,  June '17 [courtesy McKinsey]:
Outdated and insufficient infrastructure can be dangerous, as well as simply inconvenient. But beyond these considerations, inadequate infrastructure can be a significant drag on econ growth, write McK senior fellow; and S'pore managing partner

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