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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 04 October 2019


The science behind urban sprawl, a solution to hidden hunger may be a fishnet away, and why some say China transformed into an “economic miracle” in 70 years – these news items and more, in this week’s list of the most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


  1. Modern cities become less dense as they grow. The biggest engine of expansion is sprawl, not building height. (The Economist)

2. The solution to hidden hunger in many developing countries lies just offshore. Why fish are not reaching those who need them the most. (The Conversation)

3. Deep-rooted structural ‘violence’ keeps Black women out of economics. According to a study by the American Economic Association, 62% of Black women economists have experienced racial or sex discrimination. (Forbes)

4. Winds, waves and water. A plan for quenching world thirst. (Ozy)

5. Where companies go wrong with learning and development. Organizations spent $359 billion globally on training in 2016 - was it worth it? (Harvard Business Review)

6. US manufacturing is in trouble. Could that spread to the rest of the economy? (CNN Business)

7. Christine Lagarde must jump-start change in Europe's economy. Top economist says the new European Central Bank president must encourage pro-growth policy. (The Guardian)

8. Down is the only way: emerging nation central banks deliver more rate cuts. (Reuters)

9. China at 70 years. How the country became the world's 'economic miracle.' (BBC)

10. How should Africans respond to the investment, technology, security, and trade wars? A trade expert says Africans need to discern their underlying drivers and how they frame opportunities. (Brookings Institution)



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