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The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements.
One of the greatest scenes in movie history occurs at the end of “Casablanca.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a major potential trade agreement between the United States and 11 countries at very differe
Okay folks, get out those umbrellas, we are about to showered with all sorts of garbage as the corporate interests pushing fo
Republicans who now run Congress say they want to cooperate with President Obama, and point to the administration’s Trans-P
TOKYO – The global economy is like a jetliner that needs all of its engines operational to take off and steer clear of clou
NEW YORK – The Ebola crisis reminds us, once again, of the downside of globalization.
Apparently that is how the DC-insider crowd saw the elections last week.
The very rich don’t think very highly of the rest of us.
The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria) demands not
This month – the centenary of the outbreak of World War I – is an opportune time to reflect on big risks.
On July 30, Argentina’s creditors did not receive their semiannual payment on the bonds that were restructured after the c
There is a widely believed, but largely silly, view that rising inequality is the result of technology and globalization.
The escalating conflict in Ukraine between the Western-backed government and Russian-backed separatists has focused attentio
It’s hard to recall a time when the world presented more crises with fewer easy solutions.
Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
In the fight against extreme poverty, we face a puzzle. When the U.N.
NEW YORK – In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, policymakers’ success in preventing the Great
A real struggle over who will preside over the European Commission has begun.
One day after President Barack Obama called for moving forward on trade authority in his State of the Union address, Senate M
Since the beginning of the year, a new wave of doubt has engulfed emerging markets, driving down their asset prices.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi are the first to be hosted by Russia since the Cold War-era Moscow Summer Games in 1980.
Sierra Club volunteer Jesse Swanhuyser is so committed to educating people on the threats of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (T
Unemployment in Germany is now at a 20 year low and the country’s economy seems to be impervious to the strains afflicting
NEW YORK ― The world’s governments meet at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept.
In his speech commemorating the Martin Luther King March on Washington last week, President Obama got it partly right.
You are reading this on a smartphone, then you are probably holding in your palm the conflict minerals that have sent the bi
Speaking of “known unknowns” – foreseeable risks whose realisation is uncertain – was common within t
Nearly five years after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers touched off a global financial crisis, we are no safer.
Many of the people who ridicule efforts at using government spending to boost the economy and create jobs like to turn to Ja
The global economy needs exchange rate coordination now.
It has become fashionable not to worry about Europe and the euro area. This complacency has a serious flaw: Italy.
On April 24, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,129 workers and injuring at least 1,500 more.
During the last few years, a lot of hype has been heaped on the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).
Tags and advertising slogans proclaiming manufacture in a specific country are fading, because goods assembled with component
ISTANBUL – A cycle of terrible violence has taken over much of the Middle East.
With leadership transitions at many central banks either under way or coming soon, many of those who were partly responsible
According to accounts in the business press, there is a campaign among Washington insiders to get Larry Summers appointed as
Though nothing has come of the World Trade Organization’s Doha Development Round of global trade negotiations since they
The small park in Taksim Square in the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul is one of the few green spaces left in the city cente
In the five years since the financial crisis crippled the American economy, a favorite warning of those who have urged forcef
After turmoil erupted in the Arab world in 2011, a number of western analysts argued that “the Turkish model” could be an
President Obama’s personal summit with China’s new president, Xi Jinping, at the well-named venue of Rancho Mirag
On June 1-3, Japan is hosting the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development.
The world looked on agog as Tim Cook, the head of Apple, said his company had paid all the taxes owed – seeming to say th
A recent visit to Turkey reminded me of its enormous economic successes during the last decade.
A Senate report criticizes Apple for shifting billions of dollars in profits into Irish affiliates where its tax rate is l
A multistoried structure cobbled together without much oversight, groaning under its own weight, a source of livelihood but a
Gattopardo constitutes change that keeps things the same.
European integration was a grand plan, perhaps driven by lofty motives.
As I write, there are terrible reports indicating that the death toll in Bangladesh, where the building housing garment fac
The curtain has been pulled aside on the once secret world of tax havens, and the scale of abuse is nearly beyond reckoning.
Famed short-seller Jim Chanos discusses the Chinese Real-Estate market, particularly the inability of market to maintain its
In a desperate attempt to prevent implementation of the Volcker Rule, representatives of megabanks are resorting to some las
Tax hikes for millionaires and Social Security cuts for grannies.
In an effort to promote a more balanced economic approach between government and business, President Obama has proposed a con
Today, Ghana’s President John Mahama, UK Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell and I travelled to northern Ghana to announ
Whether the eurozone is viable or not remains an open question.
The record drought and crop failures will create shortages, especially of corn, and will increase the prices of many foods th
Proponents of the status quo in the financial sector just cannot catch a break.
The euro crisis is once again dominating the headlines.
The NYT ran a lengthy story on the possibilities of manufacturing electronics in the United States.
Let’s not expect central bankers to bail out the continuing economic mess.
August has been a dangerous month in European history, but this year it could be the turning point for the eurozone – and
Will no one rid me of the accursed examiners?
Examiners look at spreadsheets, but so do supervisors.
Apparently NYT reporters never heard of immigration.
WASHINGTON, DC – The financial crisis of 2008 has spurred a global debate on how much government regulation of markets –
Jettisoning the grandiose dream of a global reserve currency and promoting viable national economies is the way out of the eu
Jeffrey Sachs discusses the status of China’s economy and whether investments in China will justify themselves on CNN I
The leaders of France and Germany may have their differences on the big question of the day — stimulus versus austerity.
Nouriel Roubini discusses the European debt crisis on Bloomberg.
Jeffrey Sachs talks about the European crisis, economic globalization, and the lack of public support of a “United Stat
Jeffrey Sachs talks about the wave of synchronized economic slowdown across the globe on Morning Joe on MSNBC, June 25th 2012
Most current policy discussion concerning the euro area is about austerity.
One of the world’s pre-eminent scientific publications, Nature, issued a scathing report card in advance of this week’s R
The NYT told readers that Mexico looks set to surge past Brazil in its growth rate in the years ahead.
Dark, lowering financial and economic clouds are, it seems, rolling in from every direction: the eurozone, the United States,
NEW YORK – The critics of foreign aid are wrong.
The euro currency is a malady that condemns at least a generation of Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese and Irish to the
The dream of health for all, even the poorest of the poor, can become a reality because of recent breakthroughs in te
The dream of health for all, even the poorest of the poor, can become a reality because of recent breakthroughs in technology
Jim Chanos discusses the Chinese property bubble and Chinese banks on Bloomberg Television, May, 1st 2012.
Last summer, I described the then three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia as “
Jeffery Sachs discusses slow economic growth and financial markets on MSNBC, April 27th, 2012.
WASHINGTON, DC – For almost two centuries, starting around 1800, the history of the global economy was broadly one of diver
Bob Herbert discusses the recent spike in gas prices on CNN, March 31st, 2012.
“Bread, liberty, social justice” was the rallying cry of revolutionaries in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in the Arab world
The post-Crash intervention by the Obama administration in mid-2009 in righting the General Motors and Chrysler ships was an
The recent BIS Quarterly Review article “European Bank Funding and Deleveraging” takes a stab at connecting all
WASHINGTON, DC – As evidence mounts that income inequality is increasing in many parts of the world, the problem has receiv
Barry Lynn discusses “the New Monopolies and Open markets” on New America Foundation, January 26 2012.
Barry critiques components of the Chinese labor system and its relation to domestic corporations at the New America Foundati
Obstfeld makes a big point that the current account represents an intertemporal trade, where the deficit country obtains curr
With patriotic fanfare, the Obama administration announced this week that it would ban new uranium mining projects around the
Despite years of official talk about addressing global current-account imbalances, they remained one of the world’s main ec
Leo Hindrey Jr discusses on the lack of private sector growth and global financial growth on Bloomberg Enterprise, January 8
The outlook for the global economy in 2012 is clear, but it isn’t pretty: recession in Europe, anemic growth at best in the
Jim discusses Chinese debt servicing, construction, and real estate on CNBC, December 9 2011.
In his novel, The Jungle, the American muckraking author Upton Sinclair wrote about the horrendous work and sanitary conditi
Europe is embarked on a grand experiment, managing modern financial crisis without a dealer of last resort, so refusing to fo
Tamara Draut discusses the Greek economy, unemployment, and the “welfare state” on Fox, November 3 2011.
Jim discusses the state of the Chinese banking system on Bloomberg Television, October 11 2011.
Managing global risk exposure requires a China play. That could be a short strategy, and there are many ways to do it.
Jim discusses European short selling, Chinese debt, and investments on Bloomberg Television, September 20 2011.
Timothy discusses infrastrure, political gridlock, and rhetoric on RT America, September 14 2011.
WITH an eye toward the 2012 elections, legislators in six states have been debating laws explicitly prohibiting courts from c
Kemal Dervis traces the development and expansion of the global economy at the Center for Global Development, June 13 2011.
Kemal discusses the history of the modern economy and the emerging markets on Center & Global Development, June 13 2011.
Jim discusses cracks in the Chinese economy on CNBC, May 18 2011.
Barry Lynn discusses Chinese Companies in the US and the Chinese trade practices on RFD, April 28 2011.
Naomi Klein discusses the recent economic crisis, globalization and her new book on Charlie Rose, April 23 2011
Alan Blinder on Charlie Rose /CBA Speakers Bureau, April 12 2011.
Timothy discusses youth unemployment, income inequality, and corporate bailouts on CBR, January 31 2011.
Heidi discusses corporate profits, the trade deficit, and the labor market on Grit TV, January 24 2011.
In attempting to support the transition from war to peace, the international community often provides substantial assistance.
David discusses the interaction between local and global economic policies on BulletproofBlog, May 3 2010.
Jim discusses the Chinese property bubble, investment, and the economy on Charlie Rose, April 15 2010.
Jeffrey Sachs discusses economic isolation and how to eliminate it on Erickson project, February 10 2010.
Jim discusses bank trading activities, and the state of the Chinese real estate market on CNBC, Januaray 25 2010.
Tom addresses the roots of the financial crisis at the New America Foundation, 2009.
This paper examines the phenomenon of real-income stagnation (in which real-income growth is uninterruptedly negligible or ne
This essay reviews what economists have learned about the impact of labor market institutions, defined broadly as government
The great financial bubble of the Clinton-Bush years has ended in tears–in home foreclosures, bank failures and what pr
Eric Rauchway discusses “American Exceptionalism”, and his book “Blessed Among Nations” on the Forum with Mic
Should some rights to engage in international trade be made conditional on the promotion of labor standards? The critics of s
We estimate the impact of political coups and top-secret coup planning on asset prices.
At Google Zeitgeist, U.C. Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, Jr.
We evaluate the claim that world consumption poverty has fallen since 1990 in light of alternative assumptions about the exte
By respecting nature’s limits and investing in nature’s wealth, we can
protect and enhance the environment’s ability to
Before the collapse of Soviet communism, Chinas movement toward market capitalism, and Indias decision to undertake mark
YV discusses the growth of the Indian economy and its global impact at the Council on Foreign Relations, May 12 2006.
The need for a labor cartel
There are many examples debunking free-market propaganda that wages and prices must simply
This paper examines the macroeconomic effects of competition.
The United States bailout of the Mexican financial and banking systems proceeds apace, but all is not well.
One of the most preposterous financial crimes of the century, the official management of the 1980s developing-countries debt