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RealTime Economic Issues Watch Greece's Problem: Persistent Fiscal Irresponsibility and Too Few Reforms
Anders Aslund — January 29, 2015
The victory of the extreme left-wing party Syriza in the Greek parliamentary elections on January 25 is a wake-up moment. The outcome of the ensuing economic policy discussion is likely to be decisive for Europe for a long time. Two opposing views were recently published in the Financial Time ...

audio Peterson Perspectives Interview Has Greece Done Enough?
Anders Aslund and Paolo Mauro — January 29, 2015
Paolo Mauro and Anders Åslund debate whether the austerity undertaken by Greece has been sufficient to merit more help from Europe.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch How Greek Citizens Saw Their Government Services Curtailed
Paolo Mauro and Jan Zilinsky — January 29, 2015
It is generally understood that Greece has undertaken a major fiscal adjustment since the beginning of the crisis that engulfed it. But the scale and speed of the decline in government expenditures do not seem to be fully recognized, despite the close attention devoted to Greece by the press i ...

China Economic Watch China Rebalancing Update – Q4 2014
Ryan Rutkowski — January 29, 2015
With all the relevant economic data out, we can now update our rebalancing indicators for the fourth quarter of 2014: Disposable Income Growing Faster than Per Capita GDP We have revised our benchmark to take population growth into account with real per cap ...

North Korea: Witness to Transformation The Interview Update
Stephan Haggard — January 29, 2015
According to Box Office Mojo, The Interview—the Seth Rogen satire at the heart of the Sony hack—has had its day in the theatres. Peaking at nearly 600 outlets in the first week of the year, riding an odd ...

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: Chinese Firms Top Forbes 2000
Sarah Oliver — January 28, 2015
The Forbes Global 2000 companies list, which ranks the top 2000 largest public companies annually, was notable in 2014 because for the first time, three Chinese banks (ICBC, China Construction Bank, and Agribultural Bank of China) ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Sex, Oil, and the Ruble
Simeon Djankov — January 28, 2015
In the last few weeks, a start-up called Russian Zen has become the most visited internet site in Moscow. No, it isn't a spiritual site. Quite the contrary. On a background of sparsely-clad women and soothing tantric music, three numbers flash on the screen: the real-time ruble to dollar exchange ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch China and India: Who Will Win the Growth Competition?
Paolo Mauro and Jan Zilinsky — January 28, 2015
India's economic promise is at the forefront of public interest, with President Obama's visit a few days ago. Will India's economy finally grow faster than China's? According to the January 2015 update of the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook, the growth rate of Ind ...

Policy Brief 15-2 Service Sector Reform in China [pdf]
Ryan Rutkowski — January 27, 2015
Chinese leaders have outlined an ambitious agenda for service sector reform, but myriad vested interests could slow or block their plans. Failure to reform and open up the service sector could seriously impair China's growth prospects.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Greece Has Chosen, but It Doesn't Get to Decide by Itself
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard — January 26, 2015
The radical leftist party Syriza won the election in Greece on Sunday with 36 percent of the vote, propelled by a campaign demanding an end to tough austerity measures imposed from on high in return for its rescue from insolvency. Together with the Independent Greeks party (ANEL), Syriza is ...

China Economic Watch Deleveraging the State in China
Ryan Rutkowski — January 26, 2015
Corporate leverage has grown rapidly in recent years in the state sector. If the government remains committed to its policy of moderating the growth of credit, as economic growth slows, this could lead to the partial privatization of state assets. Corporate deleveraging is not without precedent i ...

Op-ed Will the Stars Favor China-US Ties in 2015?
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — January 26, 2015
A slew of economic deals and general easing of tensions give reason for optimism this year in the hugely important relationship.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Is Foreign Ownership of Banks Problematic for Eastern Europe?
Simeon Djankov — January 26, 2015
Last week's request by two Greek banks for a €5 billion emergency assistance from the European Central Bank rang alarm bells. Not just in Greece, where the economy has barely gotten off the ground after six consecutive years of falling GDP, but also across several Eastern European countries, w ...

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: China’s Real Effective FX Appreciation in Perspective
Kent Troutman — January 23, 2015
The renminbi depreciated by 2.5% against the US dollar in 2014, reversing a multi-year trend of appreciation. This depreciation has led some to question whether China has abandoned their policy of allowing the RMB to appreciate against the dollar. As we pointed out in our recent post reviewing the g ...

Testimony Job Creation and a Healthy Economy [pdf]
Justin Wolfers — January 22, 2015
While there is good news about the US economy, we should not confuse this with the fact that the level of activity remains below potential.

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Barbara Kotschwar

Next Steps in US-Cuba Economic Relations

Barbara Kotschwar, Gary Clyde Hufbauer, and Augusto de la Torre provide their insights on key issues facing the Cuban economy as US-Cuba economic relations evolve.

Alejandro Werner

Latin America: Falling on Hard Times

Alejandro Werner, IMF, discusses the current outlook for Latin America, focusing on key regional vulnerabilities and policy challenges given the changing commodity and monetary environment.

Min Zhu

Unlocking Global Growth

The IMF's Min Zhu discusses ongoing structural changes in the world economy and policies to boost growth around the globe.

Pierre Moscovici

A Page Turned: Working for Investment and Growth in the New European Union

Pierre Moscovici, the new European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, speaks at the Institute.

Fabrizio Saccomanni

Restoring Sustainable Growth and Job Creation in Europe

Fabrizio Saccomanni, Italy's former minister of economy and finance, delivers the keynote address at an event held to discuss solving the persistent economic stagnation in Europe.

Sir Paul Tucker

Reforming the International Monetary and Financial System: What Role for National Democracies?

Sir Paul Tucker, Harvard Kennedy School, discusses international regulation and democratic legitimacy.

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