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RealTime Economic Issues Watch Rebuttal to Stiglitz on Scotland: Reality of Independence Is Frightening
Adam S. Posen — September 16, 2014
The overwhelming majority of macroeconomists who have commented on the impact of Scotland leaving the United Kingdom have said that the economic costs to Scotland so doing would be very high— ...

Op-ed China's Rise Is a Credit to Private Enterprise Not State Control
Nicholas R. Lardy — September 16, 2014
The reality is that China's rapid ascent is the result of the expanding role of the market and the rise of private businesses, and policymakers and commentators decrying Beijing's brand of state capitalism risk provoking short-sighted and counterproductive responses.

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Next Stages on the Commission of Inquiry: the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly
Stephan Haggard — September 15, 2014
We have been in a holding pattern with respect to next steps on the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) findings; our posts on the CoI are collated below. The relevant parties deemed it a non-starter to try to push the issue through the UN Security Council, given the difficulty of securing support for non-c ...

China Economic Watch Taking Stock of the Shanghai FTZ after One Year
Nicholas Borst — September 15, 2014
The Shanghai Free Trade Zone is fast approaching its one-year anniversary. Much of the recent commentary about the FTZ has been negative. It is obvious that the FTZ has not lived up to the extraordinarily high expectations many had when it was first announced.  However, as is typical with the Chines ...

Op-ed The Huge Costs of Scotland Getting Small
Adam S. Posen — September 15, 2014
Scottish political independence would plunge the people of Scotland into a more unstable economy, unavoidably and permanently.

Op-ed A Strategy to Bolster the Export-Import Bank
C. Fred Bergsten — September 15, 2014
Powerful opponents in Congress want to abolish the Export-Import Bank to reduce government intervention in private markets.  C. Fred Bergsten offers a tried-and-true approach to the problem that can satisfy both sides of the debate.

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: Staying the Course on Monetary Support
Kent Troutman — September 12, 2014
In several speeches earlier this week at the World Economic Forum’s summer forum in Tianjin, Premier Li Keqiang reemphasized the government’s ...

audio Peterson Perspectives Interview Scotland: To Secede or Not to Secede?
Adam S. Posen — September 11, 2014
Adam S. Posen assesses the dangers to Scotland, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the world economy if Scotland decides to break away from the United Kingdom in a referendum on September 18.

Op-ed Should the World Fund Food Aid to North Korea?
Marcus Noland — September 10, 2014
Humanitarian activities by the UN's World Food Program and private relief groups constitute the longest ongoing engagement between North Korea and the international community. But the regime's actions create an ethical conundrum that may be reaching its breaking point.

News Release New Book by Nicholas R. Lardy Finds Private Businesses Are the Drivers of China's Economic Growth
September 10, 2014
WASHINGTON—In Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China, Nicholas R. Lardy's analysis shows the economic reform process that began in the late 1970s has tran ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Alibaba IPO Underlines Rise of Chinese Private Sector
Nicolas Véron — September 9, 2014
On Friday, September 5, Alibaba Group filed details about its forthcoming initial public offering (IPO), suggesting a mid-range valuation of US $155 billion. This would make the Hangzhou-based web retailer the most valuable listed private-sector company headquartered on the Chinese mainland, ahea ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Did Putin Win in East Ukraine?
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — September 8, 2014
Did Putin win in east Ukraine? The short answer is "yes," at least on the geopolitical chessboard. In economic terms, the victory will prove costly to Russia. To understand Putin's victory, it's helpful to reach back 80 years to the League of Nations sanctions imposed against Italy in 1935, in a ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch The ECB Throws down the Gauntlet
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard — September 5, 2014
The European Central Bank (ECB) surprised financial markets on September 4 by announcing an interest rate cut of 10 basis points, a new program to purchase asset-backed securities (ABS) in the nonfin ...

Paper Fiscal and Macro-structural Challenges and Policy Recommendations for the Euro Area and Its Member States under the 2014 Semester Cycle [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard — September 5, 2014
In a paper requested by the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs committee, Jacob Funk Kirkegaard presents important policy challenges for the euro area and proposals to enhance the working of the Euro Group.

Speech Currency Wars and the International Economic Order [pdf]
C. Fred Bergsten — September 5, 2014
The United States should mobilize a coalition of nonmanipulators to achieve the needed systemic changes to correct the failure of the international monetary system to effectively sanction surplus countries.



Hans-Werner Sinn

The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Belief

Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Institute for Economic Research, discusses his new book and offers a critical assessment of the history of the euro, its crisis, and rescue measures taken.

Nicholas R. Lardy

Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China

Nicholas R. Lardy presents his latest book, Markets over Mao, followed by commentary from Richard McGregor, Financial Times, and Jin-Yong Cai, International Finance Corporation.

Bill Shorten

Global Growth: Trade, Equity, and Opportunity

Bill Shorten, member of the Australian parliament, speaks at PIIE on the effects of global growth.

William R. Cline

The Road to Global Prosperity

Michael Mandelbaum, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, discusses his new book at PIIE.


In a video interview, Nicholas R. Lardy previews a PIIE event on September 10 discussing the conclusions of his latest book published by the Institute, Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China.

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