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Even in Non-Corrupt Countries, Political Power Pays Off

Illegal rent-seeking may be rarer in Western developed nations, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be concerned with transparency.
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Fiscal Consolidations Make Crises Worse

Post-crisis fiscal consolidations can have persistent and permanent effects on growth. More aggressive fiscal and monetary policy is needed, not less.

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A New Look at The Housing Market

Amine Ouazad

A new formula for forecasting house prices suggests easy credit can do more harm than good when it comes to creating a fair and open housing market.

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Collaborating to Compete

The Dutch flower cluster shows how much value can be found in a commoditised sector that collaborates before it competes

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Is The World Ready For the Next Recession?

Another recession is coming in the not-too-distant future. With monetary policy not yet back to normal, governments and central banks should start planning their responses.
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Time for an Economic Rethink

As the "lowflation" phenomenon continues, is it time to revolutionise how we view the world's economies?

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The Double-Edged Sword of Globalisation

Seven long-term trends underscore both the hope and the threat that globalisation has brought to our world.

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Where Are the Best Private Equity Returns?

Quarterly and annual returns from Chinese private equity are more volatile than global funds, but a portfolio of Chinese funds offers a surprisingly good risk-return profile.

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Innovation Enriches the 1%, While Increasing Social Mobility

The quickening pace of innovation has made life both sweeter and more unstable for the mega-rich, and given the poor a higher chance of reaching the top.

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Protecting Minority Shareholders Pays

Where minority shareholders are protected, more investment takes place.
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The Real Cause of Low Interest Rates

Are lower interest rates creating an unstable financial future?

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Why Do Governments So Often Disappoint?

Maria Guadalupe, Subi Rangan

Notwithstanding serious effort and dedication, so often there is a shortfall between peoples' expectations of government and what government delivers. At a recent symposium on government and progress, participants explored why and suggested that a new social contract is needed between public leaders and citizens.

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The Left Has Found a New Enemy: Share Buybacks

Attacking share buybacks is misguided. When companies buy back shares it is not only a sensible use of excess cash, but good for shareholders and good for the economy.

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It’s Time for the EU to Embrace Haircuts on Greek Debt

European taxpayers have already lost money on loans to Greece. EU lenders should accept a haircut on Greek debt to shield them from even greater losses.

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Hack Society

Government has always decided where to allocate resources for the greatest social good, but it might be better done by “the crowd”.