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Economic Growth, Human and Social Development

A blog by Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development.

19 Jul 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 19 July 2019

2. An economic theory that could be used to pay for the Green New Deal. How some economists think the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) can help finance the Green New Deal. (NPR) 3. Putting gender on the table: integrating gender and nutrition. Nutrition International believes that good nutrition and gender equality are mutually reinforcing. (Scaling up Nutrition) 4. Profits are down in America Inc. Is it time to worry? (The Economist) 5. Wall Street opens down, the results worry. The New York Stock Exchange opened Thursday in retreat, investors worried about the impact of trade tensions...
12 Jul 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 07/12/2019

2. How markets and the state betray communities. Interview with economics professor Raghuram Rajan at the University of Chicago, and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, on his new book and the economic future of China and India. (Wharton Knowledge) 3.Time to work together, say family planning and conservation groups. A new campaign championing the benefits of combining family planning and conservation action to improve access to family planning for women and girls. (Devex) 4.Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workers. A Study says the...
05 Jul 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 05 July 2019

2. The global economy just dodged another bullet. But the US-China trade truce won't fix it. (CNN Business) 3. Time is running out for global water ambitions. Author says at current rates of progress, we are more than 100 years behind schedule to get safe water to everyone by 2030. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) 4. In tense times, ‘Call in the Woman.’ The IMF’s Christine Lagarde is nominated to lead the European Central Bank. (New York Times) 5. The hidden economics of Wimbledon. There’s millions on the line for more than just the players. (GQ UK) 6. UNICEF art director Camila Garay...
28 Jun 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 28 June 2019

2. From phone makers to farmers, the toll of the US trade wars. A list of who is hurting, ahead of President Donald Trump’s G20 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Reuters)3. Trade war casualty: Why the days of cheap Chinese goods are over. (Wharton Knowledge)4. Facebook's new Libra crypto currency is set to help the 'unbanked' of the world. Whether they want it or not, some say. (ABC News Australia)5. The world's largest foundation doubles down on gender. Why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation developed a strategy specifically to tackle gender inequality. (...
21 Jun 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 21 June 2019

2. Global economic growth is already slowing. The U.S. trade war is making it worse. (New York Times)3. STEM stereotypes tell us that women are better at languages and history, while men are better at chemistry and math. But are these categorizations based on fact? (Deutsche Welle)4. Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean? (Vox)5. Fostering economic resilience through financial inclusion. Why some say deploying innovative financial and regulatory technologies to measure actual risk versus perceived risk, can dramatically increase...
14 Jun 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 14 June 2019

2. Don’t Overstretch on Regional Integration. How Europe is already more integrated than the rest of the world in removing barriers to the internal movement of capital, goods and people. (Chatham House)3. At the same time…it has been a year has since EU leaders instructed finance ministers to reach deals to enhance deeper economic integration. Why none have been agreed in full. (Reuters)4. Why an anti-poverty program in Bangladesh failed. Though it looked good in trials, social interventions are much harder to scale up. (The Economist)5. How to address informal cross-border trade...
07 Jun 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 07 June 2019

2. 16 powerhouse female economists. Check out this list of the female economists who are making waves in a male-dominated profession and changing the way we live and work. (Thrive Global)3. Fighting the fakes. Armed with blockchain and AI, health workers and campaigners are battling bogus medicine counterfeiters. (The Guardian)4. America's business leaders are growing more worried that the United States will enter a recession by the end of 2020. Their reason why may surprise you. (CNN Business)5. The European Central Bank takes action to support the Eurozone economy. The...
31 May 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 31 May 2019

2. JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $5 million to resolve a discrimination claim filed by a male employee.Worker alleged the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against fathers. (Bloomberg)3. Researchers looked at 60 countries and ranked them by technology, business and data skills. See how your country scored. (Harvard Business Review)4. The future of aid. How the global development business is evolving. (The Brookings Institution)5. United States slaps tariffs against all imports from Mexico, rattling investors. The 5% tariffs could rise as high as 25% unless illegal...
24 May 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 24 May 2019

2. Report: Keeping immigrants out of the U.S. may be a trillion-dollar mistake. Database research compares workers in 42 developing countries, migrants from those countries to the U.S., and American workers themselves. (Quartz)3. Collateral damage of the trade war: U.S. Farmers Want Chinese Market Reopened. (NPR)4. A new report demonstrates that companies with diverse management see significant profit increases.Find out more about this ILO study here. (Phys.org)5. Using female voices for AI assistants hurts women, UN report says. Research found default voices reinforce the...
17 May 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 17 May 2019

2- Looking for a Trade War Winner? There Aren't Any. (Bloomberg)3- The global economy was improving. Then the fighting resumed. (New York Times)4- How emotional intelligence offers a path to gender equity. Mastering emotional intelligence is key. (Forbes)5- Opinion: using cricket to tackle development constraints. The broader lessons of development economics are actually not very different from the broader lessons from India’s fast bowling renaissance. (Live Mint)6- New Zealand's announces world-first ‘wellbeing’ budget to focus on poverty and mental health. Country...