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Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian

Writing for PS since 2021
19 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Nancy Qian, Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is a co-director of Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab and the Founding Director of China Econ Lab.

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  1. China’s Future Will Reflect Russia’s
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    China’s Future Will Reflect Russia’s

    Sep 15, 2022 Nancy Qian highlights how China has often followed in the footsteps of its northern neighbor, for better or worse.

  2. The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine
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    The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine

    Aug 19, 2022 Nancy Qian thinks the headlines attributing shortages to Russia’s war are ignoring a raft of other factors.

  3. China’s Great Wall of Public-Health Distrust
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    China’s Great Wall of Public-Health Distrust

    Jun 10, 2022 Nancy Qian says the government’s opaque approach to COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment has backfired.

  4. What the Shanghai Lockdown Tells Us About China’s Future
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    What the Shanghai Lockdown Tells Us About China’s Future

    Apr 22, 2022 Nancy Qian considers the political implications of the central government's decision to overrule the city's leadership.

  5. What Is China’s COVID Endgame?
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    What Is China’s COVID Endgame?

    Apr 13, 2022 Nancy Qian explains why the country must move past its unsustainable “zero-COVID” strategy and how it can do so.

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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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