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How ECB Policy Could Stir Spending in the Private Sector

ECB President Mario Draghi says the central bank’s policy changes will support lending to the real economy. But is it that easy?

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Does France Work Harder Than America?

Working-age labour force participation is worsening in the U.S.
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The Death of Distance is Greatly Exaggerated!

Barriers to global trade may be lower, but they still remain difficult to overcome for countries with less historical, legal or cultural ties and especially those far apart from each other. Experience can reduce costs and boost exports.
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The Asset Prices Are Too Damn High

Asset prices have risen back to levels that match fundamentals, but returns are not as high as they used to be.

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Refocusing Economics Education

Economists failed to predict many aspects of the financial crisis but it was not because we didn’t have the right tools. It was due to where we chose to focus our teaching.
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Honey, I Blew Up a Few Economies

New calculations of purchasing power have put China on course to overtake the US as the world’s biggest economy this year. The changes in PPP also alter our reading of living standards for many countries.

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Harnessing Data for Growth

The Western world may have a wealth of economic data, but many emerging nations can’t get enough. A new Centre for Economic Growth (CEG) in the Middle East will provide original research to address the region’s massive unemployment problems and serve as a model for developing economies around the world.

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The Contradiction in Economics

The study of economics includes many assumptions about behaviour, one of which is that everyone has learned all the lessons of economics.

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Secular Stagnation or Secular Boom?

Growth sceptics think low growth is here to stay in advanced economies, and fear is growing that emerging markets won’t continue to grow as fast as they have.

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Inflation in Europe: The Price is Wrong

The argument that low inflation raises income and boosts demand is not sound.

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Is a Lack of Financial Acumen Putting Your Company at Risk?

The owners and directors on your company’s board may be skilled in foresight and implementing strategy but are they financially astute enough to understand the risk?
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Private Equity’s Cautious Cash Pile

2013 was a record year for capital distributions to investors and private equity firms are comfortably raising new money, but are they putting it to work?

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What Will it Take to Move the ECB?

The ECB press conference yesterday was yet another exercise in creating confusion about what the ECB intends to do next.

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The Ukrainian Crisis: The Finland Option

During the Cold War, both Russia and the West agreed to keep Finland out of the fight. Ukraine should be granted the same neutrality.

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Breaking Down Silos to Achieve Strategic Agility

Scotland’s civil service overhaul holds lessons for enhancing national competitiveness
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