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RealTime Economic Issues Watch A Sensible Step to Mitigate Sovereign Bond Dysfunction
Anna Gelpern — August 29, 2014
Lingering fallout from the debt crises in Argentina and Greece exposed serious flaws in the sovereign debt restructuring process: Small groups of creditors were able to extract preferential treatment and cause serious disruptions for everyone else. On August 29, 2014, the International Capital ...

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: Let A Million Companies Bloom
Ryan Rutkowski — August 29, 2014
Many China watchers were dismayed by slight weakness in economic data for July, adding to fears that China may still be struggling to overcome a slowdown in real estate investment. However, these concerns do not appear to be deterring people from starting new companies. The State Administration for ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Draghi Yields to Reality in Jackson Hole
Angel Ubide — August 29, 2014
On August 22 in Jackson Hole, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), achieved an important breakthrough in the thinking of euro area authorities. He did so by acknowledging for th ...

Op-ed Let's Work Together on Sanctions
Simeon Djankov — August 29, 2014
The recent sanctions that the European Union and Russia have imposed on each other will only aggravate economic woes in both regions.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Hollande Doubles Down to Impress Europe
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard — August 27, 2014
With his third government reshuffle since taking office in 2012, President François Hollande of France has ditched the most prominent left-wing members of his cabinet and acknowledged that a "team of rivals" does not work for a weak president like himself. Facing record low approval rating ...

audio Peterson Perspectives Interview Game Change for France?
Nicolas Veron — August 26, 2014
Nicolas Véron assesses the latest cabinet shakeup by President François Hollande, who appears more determined to carry out structural reforms to accelerate economic growth.

North Korea: Witness to Transformation NK Witness Summer Vacation
Kevin Stahler — August 25, 2014
This week, NK Witness will be taking a short Summer break. We will return with more news and analysis on Tuesday, September 2nd. ...

China Economic Watch China's Embrace of Markets Is Responsible for its Growth
Nicholas R. Lardy — August 25, 2014
China's long-term economic growth since reform began is largely the result of the emergence of a dynamic private sector. The de facto privatization of agriculture early in the reform period, via contracting to households and allowing the reemergence of rural markets, led to ...

Working Paper 14-5 The Federal Reserve Engages the World (1970-2000): An Insider's Narrative of the Transition to Managed Floating and Financial Turbulence [pdf]
Edwin M. Truman — August 22, 2014
Edwin M. Truman traces the evolution of the Federal Reserve and its engagement with the global economy over the last three decades of the 20th century.

China Economic Watch Does China have an SME Lending Problem?
Nicholas Borst — August 22, 2014
Economies across the globe struggle with providing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) access to loans. Banks are often accused of favoring large customers at the expense of everyone else. China appears to be no exception as Premier Li Keqiang ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Europe's Sluggish Economy and Gender Disputes Are Disrupting EU Politics
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard — August 22, 2014
European leaders are holding a special summit on August 30 to fill two remaining top EU jobs, and another long night in Brussels could be in the offing. Failure to agree (again) on a successor to Herman van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Catherine Ashton, the high representative o ...

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week
Kent Troutman — August 21, 2014
It has been exactly a century since the small country of Belgium was the subject of a furious international debate. Now, for those who watch international capital flows closely, one recent dev ...

Op-ed Prime Minister Renzi's Italian Dilemma
Angel Ubide — August 21, 2014
Italy can continue its decadent and gradual aging, consuming its savings, lingering in the dolce far niente state waiting for a stroke of fortune to come to the rescue. Or it can wake up, take the bull by the horns, and progress.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Is the West to Blame for Russia's Aggression in Ukraine? Of Course Not!
Anders Aslund — August 20, 2014
John J. Mearsheimer is supposed to be one of the foremost American international relations theorists. But his article, "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault," in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, shows his contempt for democracy, national sovereignty, and international law. ...

Policy Brief 14-21 Is China's Property Market Heading toward Collapse? [pdf]
Li-Gang Liu — August 20, 2014
China's continuing urbanization, available policy options, and the stage of its property market development all suggest that China's property market is experiencing simply another cyclical adjustment.

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