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China rising: Why economic clout is not all about GDP

The World Bank recently announced that China’s economy will surpass that of the United States this year, measured according to purchasing power parity (PPP). But this is far from a holistic depiction ...More

EJ Insight2014-11-07

QE ideas that may work in Europe

It is now a near certainty that, by the end of this year, falling energy and commodity prices will push annual inflation in the eurozone below zero – well under the European Central Bank’s target of n ...More

EJ Insight2014-11-06

How companies can close the gender gap faster

Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund’s managing director, recently warned that the world risks a new “mediocre normal” of slower growth. She is not alone in her concern. Economic policym ...More

EJ Insight2014-11-03

Chris Patten: Time for protest to move to a sensible endgame

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest should move to a sensible endgame but the government must show some statesmanship which the protesters “would surely reciprocate", former governor Chris Patten said. ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-28

What water is worth

In the early 19th century, Lord Byron wrote in Don Juan that “till taught by pain, men really know not what good water’s worth”. Nearly 200 years later, humanity still does not seem to understand wate ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-07

Climate change at ground zero

Burkina Faso is located in the heart of the Sahel, which means that it is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change. Its farmers may know little of the physical caus ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-06

The rise of robots

For decades, people have been predicting how the rise of advanced computing and robotic technologies will affect our lives. On one side, there are warnings that robots will displace humans in the econ ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-06

Why govts should be held to account for broken promises

As the 2015 deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, world leaders will face a choice: move the goal posts back another decade or two, or hold accountable those ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-06

Paying for productivity

One of the United States’ defining – and disheartening – economic trends over the last 40 years has been real-wage stagnation for most workers. According to a recent US Census report, the median full- ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-06

Lost donkeys of science

The biblical story of Saul finding his kingdom by chance while searching for his father’s lost donkeys offers an important lesson for scientists. Instead of defining our research objectives narrowly, ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-03

How people are taking ownership of climate issues

The People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 was a watershed for the emerging global climate movement, with more than 400,000 people taking to the streets of New York City. But New York was only the tip of ...More

EJ Insight2014-10-03

Africa's education imperative

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called education the "single best investment" that countries can make to build "prosperous, healthy, and equitable societies". Nowhere is this insight ...More

EJ Insight2014-09-15

The right weights for mortgage risks

Ever since hunter-gatherers started to build their own dwellings some 14,000 years ago, homeownership has been a mark of high social and economic status. Today, the United States has built a mammoth f ...More

EJ Insight2014-09-15

Africa hunger hiding in plain sight

Just over 20 years ago, South African photographer Kevin Carter shocked the world with a controversial photograph of a famished young Sudanese child being watched by a vulture during a famine. Critics ...More

EJ Insight2014-09-08

Who says high inflation is dead?

Is the era of high inflation gone forever? In a world of slow growth, high debt and tremendous distributional pressures, whether inflation is dead or merely dormant is an important question. Yes, mass ...More

EJ Insight2014-09-03

Measuring inclusive growth

When the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline expires next year, the world will be able to point to several important achievements since their launch in 2000. Extreme poverty has been halved du ...More

EJ Insight2014-09-03

Washington recaptured

Two hundred years ago, Washington DC was captured by the British – who then proceeded to set fire to official buildings, including the White House, Treasury Department, and Congress. Today, it is a do ...More

EJ Insight2014-09-03

When a smaller population is better

Is a shrinking population always a bad thing? Judging by the lamentations of some economists and policymakers in the advanced economies, where people are living longer and birth rates have fallen belo ...More

EJ Insight2014-08-25

Good crop, bad crop

Kenya’s ban on imports of genetically modified (GM) crops reflects a troubling trend in a country traditionally seen as an agricultural innovator. The move also represents a giant leap backward for a ...More

EJ Insight2014-08-25

Trouble amid plenty in emerging Africa

Africa is changing dramatically – and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the United States finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the contin ...More

EJ Insight2014-08-25

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