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Op-ed India: Land-Shackled I
Devesh Kapur, T. V. Somanathan and Arvind Subramanian — July 22, 2014
Capital, labor, or land? Which of these is the binding constraint is one diagnostic question India's new government should be asking itself as it seeks to revive the sputtering Indian growth engine.

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Voting with Their Feet
Marcus Noland — July 22, 2014
“Our country is well-organized. There are no riots, no strikes, no differences in opinion.” Kim Mun-sung, then Deputy Chair of the Committee for External Economic Cooperation. One of the odder inquiries I sometimes receive from journalists concerns public opinion in North Korea. As far as I know ...

China Economic Watch Reforming China’s Capital Markets
Nicholas Borst — July 21, 2014
Over the past decade, China’s bank-dominated financial system has rapidly been transformed into a more diverse system where nonbank financial institutions and capital markets play a large role. Trust loans, entruste ...

Op-ed Sanctions Punish Russia for Arms that Shot Down MH17
Anders Aslund — July 18, 2014
By targeting some of the largest banks in Russia, the United States has limited both the state's and President Vladimir Putin's private financial prowess, while hardly any ordinary Russian savers are being hit.

audio Peterson Perspectives Interview BRICS Summit: New Initiatives but Dubious Clout
Anders Aslund — July 17, 2014
Anders Åslund says Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have little in common except for anti-Western attitudes, and their latest steps are unlikely to increase their economic and political clout.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch The Obama Administration's Wrong Answer for Corporate "Inversions"
Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Tyler Moran — July 17, 2014
Faced with an exodus of tenants, most owners would immediately correct defects in their buildings. But faced with a wave of corporate "inversions"—namely US firms seeking the corporate nationality of another country—Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has instead called upon Congress to ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Senseless GSP Sanctions against Russia Hurt US Importers
Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Tyler Moran — July 16, 2014
Because economic exchange benefits both parties, sanctions usually harm the sender country as well as the target. Nevertheless sanctions are a handy tool in the conduct of foreign policy, especially when the impact on the target greatly exceeds the impact on the sender. What can't be justif ...

Policy Brief 14-19 US Policies toward Liquefied Natural Gas and Oil Exports: An Update [pdf]
Cathleen Cimino and Gary Clyde Hufbauer — July 15, 2014
Free exports of liquefied natural gas, crude oil, and other energy products are an essential complement of US international economic policy, which has long advocated free trade in raw materials. The Obama White House should prod the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other agencies to speed up their approvals of such exports.

China Economic Watch Taking Stock of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Nicholas Borst — July 14, 2014
Last week’s high-level bilateral meeting between the United States and China came during a time of increasingly tense relations between the two great powers. A mix of competition and cooperation has always characterized the relationship, but the balance of these two elements has shifted in recent mo ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Modi's First Budget for India: Disappointing but Retrievable
Arvind Subramanian — July 11, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strategic vision underlying his first budget speech, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on July 10, calls for an India that needs to grow rapidly and create opportunities for all. But while that vision deserves the highest of grades, the substance and the po ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch How US Investments in Mexico Have Increased Investment and Jobs at Home
Theodore H. Moran and Lindsay Oldenski — July 11, 2014
Enactment of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 20 years ago was accompanied by dire predictions that an increase in US investment in Mexico would lead to job losses and investment reduction at home. The rhetorical highpoint for this concern was captured by H. Ross Perot's assertion i ...

News Release New Study Examines the Long-Term Sustainability of Euro Area Government Debt
July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON—A new book published by the Peterson Institute for International Economics freshly analyzes the sovereign debt crisis in Europe of the last five years, and concludes that the economies in the southern periphery are solvent and ...

Testimony Legislation to Reform the Federal Reserve on Its 100-Year Anniversary [pdf]
Simon Johnson — July 10, 2014
The Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 5018), as currently drafted, would impose undue and excessive constraints on the ability of officials to respond fully and in a timely manner to changing economic and financial circumstances.

China Economic Watch A Step Forward for Chinese Local Government Debt
Yifan Hu — July 9, 2014
The Guangdong government announced on June 23 that it had issued RMB14.8 billion in municipal bonds, comprising RMB5.92 billion of 5-year bonds at an interest rate of 3.84 percent, RMB4.44 billion of 7-year bonds at 3.97 percent, and RMB4.44 billion of 10-ye ...

Working Paper 14-2 Labor Market Slack in the United Kingdom [pdf]
David N. F. Bell and David G. Blanchflower — July 8, 2014
This paper examines the amount of slack in the UK labor market and finds the downward adjustments made by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to both unemployment and underemployment invalid.

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