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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 08 November 2019


Is there equal opportunity when it comes to communications tech connectivity, why some say France is Europe’s new economic growth engine, and how a free trade deal could make Africa a global manufacturing hub – in this week’s list of the most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


1. New United Nations study reveals growing internet uptake. But there’s a widening digital gender divide. (ITC, the UN ICT agency)


2. What is ‘ecological economics’ and why do we need to talk about it? Ecological economics focuses on sustainability and development, rather than the traditional economic concerts of efficiency and growth. (The Conversation Australia)

3. Toward human-centered capitalism. Exploring a new social contract. (Brookings Institution)

4. Big central banks move to wait-and-see mode. Has interest rate cutting to loosen global financial conditions run its course? (Reuters)

5. Development economists who go small have a point. Economists who insist on addressing only the biggest, hardest questions fail to find answers. (Yahoo Finance)

6. Women continue to endure violence, abuse and substandard care during childbirth. It’s not just a developing world issue, but a global epidemic. (The Guardian)

7. France is Europe’s new economic growth engine. Fiscal stimulus, reforms help expansion to outpace Germany’s. (Bloomberg)

8. Saudi Arabia starts Aramco IPO Process. Saudi Aramco could be the world's most valuable listed company. (U.S. News & World Report)

9. Protests in Chile resume as demonstrations crimp economic growth. Citizens are demanding end to economic inequality. (Time)

10. Free Trade deal can make Africa the global manufacturing hub. Successful implementation could see 80 million jobs transferred from Asia. (Financial Times)



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