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Olivia White

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Olivia White, a senior partner in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

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  1. Reimagining Our Global Connections
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    Reimagining Our Global Connections

    Nov 23, 2022 Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel show that retreating from global interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary.

  2. The Promise of Open Financial Data
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    The Promise of Open Financial Data

    Aug 24, 2021 Olivia White & Anu Madgavkar show how digital information-sharing can benefit financial institutions, customers, and the global economy.

  3. How to Spend $12 Trillion
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    How to Spend $12 Trillion

    Mar 17, 2021 Olivia White & Anu Madgavkar show why digital financial infrastructure is key to the effectiveness of government pandemic-support programs.

  4. The Case for Digital Identification
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    The Case for Digital Identification

    Jan 24, 2019 Anu Madgavkar & Olivia White say that if properly designed, digitized IDs could be a boon for developed and developing countries alike.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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