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Nancy Birdsall

Nancy Birdsall

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Nancy Birdsall is President Emeritus and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

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  1. A World of Dangerous Debt Limbo
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    A World of Dangerous Debt Limbo

    Sep 12, 2022 Clemence Landers & Nancy Birdsall explain what needs to be done to prevent developing-country debt problems from spiraling out of control.

  2. Unleashing the Climate Market
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    Unleashing the Climate Market

    Mar 9, 2021 Nancy Birdsall & Brian Webster call on US policymakers to follow the European Union and the UK in setting green reporting standards.

  3. The Curse of Falling Expectations
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    The Curse of Falling Expectations

    Sep 25, 2020 Nancy Birdsall warns that a reversal of developing countries' economic fortunes will threaten their political stability.

  4. Citizens of the World, Reunite!
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    Citizens of the World, Reunite!

    May 25, 2020 Nancy Birdsall shows how international cooperation can still triumph over populist nationalism in the fight against COVID-19.

  5. A Big Bond for Africa
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    A Big Bond for Africa

    Apr 17, 2017 Nancy Birdsall & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala propose a bold new approach to official development assistance on the continent.

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    Why Populists Don’t Concede

    Jan-Werner Mueller

    With election denial becoming a new global trend, it is necessary to ask why so many citizens would accept leaders who fraudulently cry “fraud.” Even when they leave power quietly, populist politicians have exploited political polarization and indoctrinated their supporters never to trust the system.

    explains the political logic of fraudulently crying “fraud” in response to an electoral loss.
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    The Challenge of Monetary Tightening

    Takatoshi Ito identifies the main risks raised by central banks’ efforts to rein in inflation.
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    The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.
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    The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility

    Mohamed A. El-Erian interprets the latest market tumult as the price of delaying monetary-policy tightening for too long.
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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach

    Just as a fixation on core inflation can mislead central banks, as it has done with the US Federal Reserve, the power of a “core leader” like China’s Xi Jinping is a recipe for misdirected and ultimately unsustainable policy regimes. The very notion of a core adds a false sense of precision when addressing complex problems.

    thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.

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