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Posted on Sat, 25 Nov 2017:

Baily and Woetzel: Innovation with Chinese characteristics, Project Syndicate, 28 Oct 17 [courtesy McKinsey]:
China is not given enough credit for how far it has come as an innovator. And yet, over the next decade, it could become the place where global companies conduct research and launch new products, write McK Global Inst fmr senior adviser; and dir

Why do nations invest in international aid? Ask Norway. And China, Wash Post (blog), 27 Oct 17:
How much are acts of generosity worth in intl relations? For rich nations, foreign aid has helped spread power and influence. Donors give foreign aid in part because it will benefit them, write Univ Oslo/Norway Ctr Devt & Envir res dir; and res fellow

What is a systems approach?, OECD Observer, Nov '17:
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle said that "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". He could have been describing a systems approach, which makes organisations more functional by looking at big-picture processes and practices

Posted on Sat, 18 Nov 2017:

Steve Hanke: Zimbabwe hyperinflates again, entering the record books …, Forbes, 28 Oct 17 [courtesy Cato Inst]:
In 2008, Zimbabwe suffered the 2nd most severe episode of hyperinflation in recorded history, writes Johns Hopkins Univ economist       (Zimbabwe's economy 'must be more market-led to help country recover', Public Fin Intl)

Gregory Mankiw: How to improve the Trump tax plan, NYT, 05 Nov 17 [PDF, courtesy Harvard]:
The centerpiece of the Trump plan is a cut in the tax rate on corporate income to 20% from 35%. Many economists believe the corporate tax is a bad way to fund the govt, writes Pres GW Bush's Council Econ Advisers chair

Joseph Stiglitz: America has a monopoly problem - and it's huge, Nation, 23 Oct 17:
There is a widespread sense of powerlessness, and we seem no longer to control our own destinies. If we don't like our Internet company or our cable TV, we either have no place to turn, or the alternative is no better, writes 2001 Nobel Laureate

Posted on Mon, 13 Nov 2017:

US retreat should not stop Asian economic integration, Nikkei Asian Rev, by Petri & Assoc, 02 Nov 17 [courtesy Peterson Inst]:
If the Asia-Pacific region is to sustain its remarkable econ integration over the next few years, it will have to go it alone without leadership from the US, write Inst & East-West Ctr economists; and China Invest Corp fmr manag dir

Trump bailed on a trade deal, and now a bunch of US businesses may suffer, CNBC, 13 Nov 17:
Over the weekend, Trans-Pacific Partnership countries made progress on a deal without the US. That may mean American farmers and small business owners will soon regret Trump's exit       (Countries agree on Pacific trade pact that excludes US, Politico)

Three questions - Robert Shiller on Bitcoin, Yale Univ, 19 Oct 17:
We asked 2013 Nobel Laureate and author of Irrational Exuberance (3rd ed, 2015) the ff: Does Bitcoin look like a bubble to you?; what is the underlying story driving the rise in Bitcoin prices?; and what could cause a reversal in this story?

Posted on Tue, 07 Nov 2017:

Paradise Papers - Secrets of the global elite, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 05 Nov 17:
The files, originally leaked to the German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with ICIJ, reveal offshore interests of more than 120 politicians and world leaders, incl the UK queen and 13 advisers, major donors and cabinet members of the US pres

Solis, Dollar and Stromseth: Rescuing US economic strategy in Asia, Brookings (blog), 25 Oct 17:
In the aftermath of US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, the US strategy for econ engagement with Asia faces serious obstacles. American credibility is severely wounded, write Inst's Ctr East Asia Policy Studies co-dir & senior fellows

Joseph Stiglitz: Has Trump captured the Fed?, Project Syndicate, 06 Nov 17 [via Columbia Univ]:
One of the important powers of any US pres is to appoint heads of the agencies responsible for governing the economy. Perhaps none is more important than the Fed. Trump's choice of Powell as Fed chair breaks precedent on several fronts, writes 2001 Nobel Laureate

Posted on Wed, 01 Nov 2017:

New Zealand is 1st on ease of doing business, on 15th anniversary of "Doing Business" report, World Bank, 31 Oct 17:
In its annual ease of doing business rankings, NZ, Singapore and Denmark retained their 1st, 2nd and 3rd spots, respectively, followed by S. Korea, Hong Kong, US, UK, Norway, Georgia, and Sweden       (Ranking of economies)

Dani Rodrik: Let government co-own new technologies, Washington Post, 26 Oct 17 [Scoll]:
(Part of: 38 ideas for repairing our badly broken civic life) - A specter is haunting our societies: job-killing technology, writes author of Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a sane world economy (Nov 2017)

Big ideas are getting harder to find, Stanford Univ, 26 Sep 17:
Economist Nicholas Bloom contends that so many game-changing inventions have appeared since WW2 that "the thought now of somebody inventing something as revolutionary as the locomotive on their own is inconceivable"

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