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Matthew Cummins

Matthew Cummins

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Matthew Cummins is an economist who has worked at the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, and the World Bank. 

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  1. Ending the Austerity Pandemic
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    Ending the Austerity Pandemic

    Dec 8, 2022 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins warn that governments are returning to the same failed belt-tightening policies of the past.

  2. The Insanity of Austerity
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    The Insanity of Austerity

    Oct 11, 2019 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins are alarmed by economic policymakers’ continued obsession with fiscal retrenchment at a time of slowing growth.

  3. The Austerity Pandemic
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    The Austerity Pandemic

    Jun 14, 2013 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins on the economic reasons for political unrest.

  4. Recovery and Equality
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    Recovery and Equality

    Jul 26, 2012 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins

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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu

    If you listen to tech industry leaders, business-sector forecasters, and much of the media, you may believe that recent advances in generative AI will soon bring extraordinary productivity benefits, revolutionizing life as we know it. Yet neither economic theory nor the data support such exuberant forecasts.

    finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.
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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.

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