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Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu Lin

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Justin Yifu Lin, a former chief economist at the World Bank, is Dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics and Dean of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development.

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  1. Geopoliticized Industrial Policy Won't Work
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    Geopoliticized Industrial Policy Won't Work

    Feb 24, 2022 Otaviano Canuto, et al. show why attending to economic fundamentals should take precedence when it comes to reshoring or nearshoring.

  2. Development Begins at Home
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    Development Begins at Home

    Dec 6, 2021 Justin Yifu Lin & Yan Wang consider the pandemic's lessons for sustainable growth, including the role Chinese investment can play.

  3. A Turning Point for Development Aid
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    A Turning Point for Development Aid

    Dec 30, 2019 Justin Yifu Lin & Yan Wang show why accusations that China is engaging in “debt-trap diplomacy” are fundamentally flawed.

  4. Disrupting Multilateral Climate Finance
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    Disrupting Multilateral Climate Finance

    Jan 10, 2019 Håvard Halland & Justin Yifu Lin propose a new global finance facility to attract more private capital for the fight against global warming.

  5. How to Mobilize Private Capital for Climate Action
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    How to Mobilize Private Capital for Climate Action

    Oct 26, 2018 Håvard Halland & Justin Yifu Lin argue that multilateral finance institutions need to operate more like private investment organizations.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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