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Economic Normalization with Cuba: A Roadmap for US PolicymakersThe United States and Cuba are ending decades of hostility and heading toward normalizing their relations. Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar provide recommendations on how to proceed in their recent book Economic Normalization with Cuba: A Roadmap for US Policymakers.

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North Korea: Witness to Transformation Sony’s Hack: What Next? (Part I)
Kevin Stahler — December 18, 2014
Besieged by disclosures from a cyber-attack now all but officially attributed by US officials to North Korea, Sony Pictures has pulled the release of The Interview. The cancellation includes any plans to la ...

audio Peterson Perspectives Interview A Dramatic Opening with Cuba
Barbara Kotschwar — December 18, 2014
Barbara Kotschwar, who was in Havana when normalization with Cuba was announced, assesses the impact and the prospects for renewed economic ties.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch President Putin Says He Is Clueless about Economic Policy
Anders Aslund — December 18, 2014
A financial meltdown has ravaged Russia in the last two weeks in a fashion reminiscent of 2008 and 1998. The value of the ruble has fallen by more than half since June and import prices are set to double, setting the stage for President Vladimir Putin to address the crisis at his annual big pr ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Speeding the Winds of Change in Cuba-US Economic Relations
Barbara Kotschwar and Gary Clyde Hufbauer — December 18, 2014
President Obama yesterday ended an embargo policy that had neither dislodged the Castro regime nor brought democracy to Cuba. Instead, over five decades, the US policy of isolating Cuba economically entrenched Cuban determination to continue its hostile relationship with Washington. There is ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Beyond Government Debt-to-GDP Ratios
Paolo Mauro and Benedict Clements — December 18, 2014
Public discourse on the state of public finances across the world focuses on government debt-to-GDP ratios. However, projected increases in age-related spending (health care and pensions) can fundamentally alter our views on which countries will need to undertake the most fiscal adjustment dur ...

Policy Brief 14-26 Rapid Growth in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies: Now and Forever? [pdf]
Giang Ho and Paolo Mauro — December 17, 2014
Most forecasts for emerging and developing economies reflect excessive optimism that is both statistically significant and economically relevant, according to a study of forecasts for horizons of up to 20 years in more than 100 countries.


audio Peterson Perspectives Interview Economic Crisis in Russia
Anders Aslund — December 17, 2014
Anders Åslund analyzes Russia's economic woes and says the only way out is to get sanctions lifted by reversing course on Ukraine.

Op-ed There Is Only One Cure for What Plagues Russia
Anders Aslund — December 17, 2014
The only realistic cure to Russia's current financial meltdown is to have Western sanctions lifted; for that, Moscow must evacuate from eastern Ukraine.

China Economic Watch China Rebalancing Update – Q3 2014
Ryan Rutkowski — December 17, 2014
With all the relevant economic data out, we can now update our rebalancing indicators for the third quarter of 2014: 1. Urban Disposable Income Growing Faster than GDP The gap between GDP growth and urban disposable income growth expanded slightly in the third quarter of 2014. ...

PIIE Briefing 14-4 Lessons from Decades Lost: Economic Challenges and Opportunities Facing Japan and the United States [pdf]
December 16, 2014
This PIIE Briefing, released on the heels of Prime Minister Abe's December 2014 election win, assesses current policy regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fiscal sustainability, and slow growth.


China Economic Watch Monday Readings about the Chinese Economy
Jan Zilinsky — December 15, 2014
With so many articles about China that came out on Friday and over the weekend, we collected a few that you will not want to miss: Economics Yesterday’s Lima agreement was inspired by the Obama-Xi deal ...

Op-ed Reasons to Be Concerned by the Rise of Self-Employment
David G. Blanchflower — December 15, 2014
Self-employment conveys considerable risks, not least when there is a large amount of labor market slack.

News Release Paolo Mauro Joins the Peterson Institute for International Economics
December 15, 2014
Washington—The Peterson Institute for International Economics is pleased to welcome Paolo Mauro as a senior fellow beginning December 2014. Mauro joins the Institute following a distinguished 20-year career at the International Monetary F ...

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: China More Powerful than the EU?
Jan Zilinsky — December 12, 2014
Will China be more powerful that the EU within six years? Nearly six in ten Europeans think so, according to an EU-wide opinion poll from this year. While there are moderate differences between countries, there is not a sin ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Don't Repeal Swaps Push-Out Requirements (Section 716 of Dodd-Frank)
Simon Johnson — December 12, 2014
Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act requires that some derivative transactions be "pushed out" from those parts of banks that have deposit insurance (run by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FD ...

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