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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 06 December 2019


The economic theory that countries are poor because they shrink too often, how Black Friday-Cyber Monday-Thanksgiving online spending stacked up and everything you need to know about ‘gender lens’ investing. Here is a look at the week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


1. Low-income countries don’t need more economic growth, expert says. They need less shrinking. (The Conversation, via EconoTimes)

2. How to stretch a dollar. Can countries actually reach the UN sustainable development goals? (Quartz)

3. How poverty ends. A deep read on the many paths to progress - and why they might not continue. (Foreign Affairs)

4. When a disappointment helped lead to a Nobel Prize. The winners of this year’s Nobel in economics did pioneering field experiments that sometimes didn’t work as expected. (New York Times)

5. Women in economics – where are they? The benefits of a diverse profession. (Asia & the Pacific Policy Forum)

6. What you need to know about ‘gender lens’ investing. Investing with a purpose has never been more popular. (CNBC)

7. The myth of crowding out. This economic theory might not hold. (Financial Times)

8. America’s mighty holiday spending run in numbers. Here’s how Cyber Monday, Black Friday and Thanksgiving Online sales stacked up. (Yahoo Finance)

9. One of the world’s largest agricultural traders to put over $113 million in West Africa’s cocoa sector. Cargill’s investment expected to create 85 direct and hundreds of indirect jobs. (Reuters)

10. Climate change in the Sahel. How can cash transfers help protect the poor? (Brookings Institution)



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