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Célestin Monga

Célestin Monga

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Célestin Monga, a former managing director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and a former senior economic adviser at the World Bank, teaches public policy and economics at Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former vice president and chief economist at the African Development Bank Group. He is the co-editor, (with Justin Yifu Lin) of The Oxford Handbook of Structural Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2019) and the co-author (with Justin Yifu Lin) of Beating the Odds: Jump-Starting Developing Countries (Princeton University Press, 2017).

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  1. How to Finance Higher Education in Africa
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Feb 23, 2024 Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.

  2. Rethinking Debt Sustainability in Africa
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    Rethinking Debt Sustainability in Africa

    Mar 3, 2023 Célestin Monga shows why analysts need a more holistic framework for assessing African countries' “balance sheets.”

  3. An Africa Roadmap for Biden
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    An Africa Roadmap for Biden

    Jan 27, 2021 Célestin Monga explains how the new administration can engage constructively with the continent on three levels.

  4. The Great Services Illusion
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    The Great Services Illusion

    Sep 8, 2020 Célestin Monga offers four reasons why industrialization remains the key to poorer countries’ development.

  5. The Misguided War on Global Value Chains
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    The Misguided War on Global Value Chains

    May 5, 2020 Célestin Monga shows why dismantling cross-border supply networks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic would be self-defeating.

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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.
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    How Europe Can Get the Green Deal Done

    Simone Tagliapietra proposes EU-level measures that would help offset the negative distributional effects of climate policy.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.

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