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Latest Web Links -- Wed, 16 Nov 2022:

Will the COP27 in Egypt see progress on 'loss and damage' from climate change?, Context.news, 14 Nov 22:
As large swathes of the planet struggle with climate-inflicted woes, from floods in Pakistan to drought in the Horn of Africa, the thorny issue of how to address "loss and damage" driven by global warming is moving up the political agenda fast. Pressure is growing for new sources of global funding to repair the harm

Hausmann: Green growth opportunities -- How developing economies can capitalize on the green transition, Finance & Development, Dec '22:
Asking countries to contribute to global decarbonization by prioritizing the reduction of their own carbon footprints is an unhelpful framework. Creating value and livelihoods at home by helping the world decarbonize is a more promising proposition, writes Harvard Growth Lab dir

Emerging US battery supply chain should be wary of China's information ops, The Hill, by F Villalobos, 15 Nov 22 [courtesy RAND (blog)]:
China has a huge stake in producing lithium-ion batteries, and is not above waging disinformation campaigns against US firms involved in the battery supply chain. Extraction sector firms could work with cyber security experts/ intelligence community to educate their execs and local govts about the risks, writes RAND engineer

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Posted on Sat, 29 Oct 2022:

Prasad: The dollar's rise shouldn't hold back the Fed, Barron's, 20 Oct 22 [pdf, via Cornell U]:
Yes, the rising US dollar is causing havoc around the world. No, the Fed shouldn't hold back on raising interest rates on account of that. That would only cause more problems later, writes Cornell Univ economist and Brookings Inst senior fellow / author of The Future of Money (2021)

Lee: How to save emerging economies from another crisis, Project Syndicate, 21 Oct 22 [via AZVision/ Azerbaijan]:
Emerging economies now face a policy dilemma. They can allow continued capital outflows and currency depreciation, and watch prices – esp. of imported goods, incl food – continue to rise. Or they can follow the US example and hike interest rates, effectively smothering the pandemic recovery, writes Seoul Nat'l Univ economist / Vice chair of S Korean Pres's Nat'l Econ Advisory Council

Obstfeld: Emerging-market and developing economies need support amid rising interest rates, Peterson Inst (blog), 06 Oct 22:
Central banks around the world have been correct to take decisive action against inflation. But their belated scramble to hike rates on an accelerated schedule is forcing a rapid financial tightening onto emerging and developing economies, writes Inst senior fellow / fmr IMF chief economist and member of US Pres's Council of Econ Advisors

Posted on Mon, 10 Oct 2022:

2022 Nobel Prize in Economics -- Awarded "for research on banks and financial crises" to Ben Bernanke, Douglas Diamond, and Philip Dybvig, 10 Oct 22:
The Great Depression of the 1930s paralyzed the world's economies for many years and had vast societal consequences. However, we have managed subsequent financial crises better, thanks to research insights from this year's laureates. They have demonstrated the importance of preventing widespread bank collapses

Yellen warns of acute 'spillover' effects of interest rate hikes on developing countries, The Hill, 06 Oct 22:
Treas Secy Janet Yellen on Thurs (06 Oct) acknowledged the negative effects that continued interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve and other central banks are having outside their borders. "It is important to recognize that macroeconomic tightening in advanced countries can have international spillovers", she said

Posted on Sun, 14 Aug 2022:

Krugman: Finally, some good news on inflation, NY Times, 12 Aug 22 [via Chattanooga Times Free Pres]:
One month of zero inflation doesn't mean that the problem is solved. Economists have long known that you get a much better read on underlying inflation if you strip out highly volatile prices - normally food and energy, but measures of core inflation are still unacceptably high, writes 2008 Nobel Laureate

Taiwan 'matters far more to the world economy' than many people realize - economist, Yahoo Finance, 14 Aug 22:
A further escalation in cross-strait tensions that cut Taiwan's export off from the rest of the world would lead to renewed shortages in the automotive and electronics sectors, says a senior economist of a consulting firm. He noted that Taiwan is the world's largest producer of processor chips

Leruth & Mazarei: Who controls the world's minerals needed for green energy?, Peterson Inst (blog), 09 Aug 22:
Cobalt, copper, lithium, nickel, and rare earth elements are all essential for producing electric vehicles and batteries, and harnessing solar power and wind energy. The supply of these critical minerals is vulnerable for various reasons, write Tbilisi Univ economist; and Inst senior fellow

Posted on Sun, 10 Jul 2022:

Far from Ukraine, Sri Lanka is the epicenter of a global crisis, WashPost, by I Tharoor, 06 Jul 22:
Sri Lanka's problems are, in many aspects, unique to its situation and self-inflicted. Yet the astonishing collapse of the country is also inextricably linked to a wider, interlocking series of global phenomena: The war in Ukraine has spiked global food and energy prices and pushed a tough situation there over the edge

Kharas: 25 years since the East Asian financial crisis – Two forgotten lessons, Brookings Inst (blog), 07 Jul 22:
On 02 July 97, exactly 25 years ago, Thailand devalued the baht, triggering a wave of econ crises, with ripple effects onto other emerging economies incl Russia and Brazil. Yet there are two lessons that seem to have been forgotten, but that are relevant to today's econ concerns, writes Inst senior fellow

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