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Shang-Jin Wei

Shang-Jin Wei

Writing for PS since 2015
59 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Shang-Jin Wei, a former chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, is Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 

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  1. How Can the World’s Growth Engine Do Better?
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    How Can the World’s Growth Engine Do Better?

    Jan 5, 2024 Shang-Jin Wei recommends a three-step plan to bolster business confidence and restore China's lost momentum.

  2. Biden Missed an Opportunity to Help America – and Himself
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    Biden Missed an Opportunity to Help America – and Himself

    Nov 23, 2023 Shang-Jin Wei touts the economic benefits – not least for US voters – of rolling back trade tariffs on Chinese imports.

  3. Measuring Corruption in China
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    Measuring Corruption in China

    Sep 21, 2023 Yongheng Deng & Shang-Jin Wei outline a novel approach to assessing the extent and scope of the country's graft problem.

  4. China Must Avoid a Debt-Deflation Spiral
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    China Must Avoid a Debt-Deflation Spiral

    Sep 4, 2023 Shang-Jin Wei urges economic policymakers to be far more aggressive in stimulating aggregate demand.

  5. Containing the Collateral Damage of America’s China Policy
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    Containing the Collateral Damage of America’s China Policy

    Jul 10, 2023 Shang-Jin Wei outlines steps that US policymakers should take to maintain global economic and geopolitical stability.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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