• “In Times of Confusion, It’s Crucial That the Message Gets Through.”
    Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo / Photo by Bryce Vickmark/MIT/UPI/laif
    “In Times of Confusion, It’s Crucial That the Message Gets Through.”

    Nobel Laureates Esther Duflo and Abhijit V. Banerjee on the surprisingly commonsensical nature of economics, and how COVID-19 will affect the global fight against poverty and the quality of economic policy.

  • “Our Level of Knowledge About China Is Not Sufficient”
    “Our Level of Knowledge About China Is Not Sufficient”

    China is systematically trying to expand its influence in the world. China expert Mareike Ohlberg – co-author of Hidden Hand – Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World – speaks of infiltration.…

  • “Do Not Pass Go and Do Not Collect $200!”
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    “Do Not Pass Go and Do Not Collect $200!”

    What you can learn about economic policy from the book that inspired the most successful board game ever.

  • “What Is a ‘Racial Wealth Gap’?”
    “What Is a ‘Racial Wealth Gap’?”

    Or: Why do Black Americans have far less wealth, higher unemployment and lower rates of homeownership than white Americans do?

  • “Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”
    “Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”

    …and unfortunately, this also applies to the economic system the world largely adopted and is now relying on: capitalism. The world’s leading inequality scholar, Branko Milanović talks about global income disparities, resurgent ideologies and the…

  • “Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”
    “Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”

    Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson think so. At least, they say, “in some ways.” That’s exactly what should worry you.

  • On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration
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    On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration

    The US government suspended many employment visas through the end of 2020. Does that make economic sense?

  • “How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”
    “How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”

    It has been suggested that if everyone on planet Earth lived the way we do in the developed world, we would need four planets. Present-day consumerism is unsustainable – but how can it be replaced?

  • FOCUS: The Decline of Democracy
    FOCUS: The Decline of Democracy

    The think tank Freedom House has published a “Freedom in the World” report every year since 1973. Last week, it released its latest edition – and it recorded the fourteenth straight year of deteriorating freedom.

  • “You Can Watch the March of Ideas from the Minds of Economists and into Our Lives.”
    “You Can Watch the March of Ideas from the Minds of Economists and into Our Lives.”

    After decades of free-market policies in the United States and Britain, working-class voters are in full revolt. In The Economists’ Hour Binyamin Appelbaum surveys the last half-century and sees an obvious path from the economics…