Sleepwalking on Megathreat Mountain
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Sleepwalking on Megathreat Mountain

Nouriel Roubini, DAVOS – A host of interconnected “megathreats” is imperiling our future. While some of these have been long in the making, others are new. The stubbornly low inflation of the pre-pandemic period has given way to today’s excessively high inflation. Secular stagnation – perpetually low growth owing to weak aggregate demand – has […]

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg on Inflation Targets, Deglobalization, US-China Tensions
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Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg on Inflation Targets, Deglobalization, US-China Tensions

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg Says More… Project Syndicate: Last July, you criticized the prevailing approach to tackling inflation in the United States, arguing that interest-rate hikes would be “insufficient to rein in inflation in the short run” and “likely [to] increase unemployment over time.” Since then, the US Federal Reserve has continued to hike rates, inflation […]

Egypt's Economic Crisis Is a Golden Opportunity
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Egypt’s Economic Crisis Is a Golden Opportunity

Rabah Arezki, WASHINGTON, DC – Egypt is on the brink of a financial and economic abyss. The portfolio inflows that fueled its sovereign debt market have dried up, repeated currency devaluations have driven the Egyptian pound off a cliff, and inflation is at 21%, following the rapid erosion of the country’s foreign-exchange reserves. After initially recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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Davos Man Must Pay

Jayati Ghosh, NEW DELHI – The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has always been more than a little problematic. But in recent years, the annual gathering of the rich and powerful has become an increasingly wasteful exercise in vanity. What is the point of all those private jets, luxury hotels, and clinking […]

A Year of Opportunity for Africa
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A Year of Opportunity for Africa

Landry Signé, WASHINGTON, DC – The past year has been challenging for Africa. After a hopeful 2021, during which the continent-wide GDP increased by nearly 7% and every region experienced real growth, the economy slowed in 2022 amid rising inflation, monetary tightening, and geopolitical tensions. But it was also a year when African countries were finally able […]

Rescuing Economic Growth in Highly Indebted Developing Countries
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Rescuing Economic Growth in Highly Indebted Developing Countries

Dani Rodrik, Reza Baqir, and Ishac Diwan,CAMBRIDGE – This year may prove devastating for the developing world, as more and more countries find themselves engulfed in debt crises. Several (Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Russia, Suriname, and Zambia) are already in default, and scores of others urgently need debt relief to ward off economic collapse and sharp rises in poverty. […]

The G20 and G Minor
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The G20 and G Minor

Kaushik Basu, MUMBAI – In December, India began its yearlong G20 presidency, taking over from Indonesia amid rising geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty. Surging inflation has raised the specter of a global recession. Supply chains, made more efficient but also more vulnerable by globalization and the digital revolution, are crumbling under the weight of COVID-related disruptions […]

More War Means More Inflation
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More War Means More Inflation

Nouriel Roubini, NEW YORK – Inflation rose sharply throughout 2022 across both advanced economies and emerging markets. Structural trends suggest that the problem will be secular, rather than transitory. Specifically, many countries are now engaged in various “wars” – some real, some metaphorical – that will lead to even larger fiscal deficits, more debt monetization, […]

Can Italy Resist Fossil-Fuel Nostalgia?
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Can Italy Resist Fossil-Fuel Nostalgia?

Gianluca Ruggieri, MILAN – In the face of Europe’s energy crisis, political and economic leaders in Italy, the European Union’s third-largest economy, are confronting two opposing forces. On one hand, there is fear of change, which leads policymakers to fall back on old solutions: drilling, new gas pipelines and gasifiers, and efforts to secure hydrocarbons […]