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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 11 October 2019


Tracking when the world became mostly rich and largely old, using blockchain tech to boost food productivity and the World Economic Forum releases its Global Competitiveness Report  – in this week’s list of the most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


1. Two tipping points in 2019: when the world became mostly rich and largely old. (Brookings Institution)

2. International Day of the Girl Child: Let’s walk the talk of empowering our girls. (The Daily Star Bangladesh)

3. Why Good People Still Can’t Get Jobs. An expert says it may not be about you. (Wharton Knowledge)

4. The world economy’s strange new rules. How rich-world economies work has changed radically - so too, must economic policy. (The Economist)

5. Looking forward to sustainable development. Why the CEO of Agence Francaise de Developpement says it is time to switch from summits to solutions. (Project Syndicate)

6. Agriculture gets a blockchain boost. Which two big companies intend to utilize blockchain technology to increase efficiency, improve the income of farmers, and ensure the production of high-quality food. (Forbes)

7. Nations must unite to halt global economic slowdown, says new IMF head. Kristalina Georgieva says looming crisis requires coordinated response. (The Guardian)

8. Singapore overtakes the US to become world’s most competitive country. Learn more about the World Economic Forum’s new Global Competitiveness Report. (CNBC)

9. The World’s Next Factory Won’t Be in South Asia. The region is losing out to Africa and elsewhere in the race to attract manufacturing investment. (Bloomberg)

10. Rise of the digibank. After years of rapid growth in Africa we’re about to enter the age of Mobile Money 2.0. (Quartz Africa)



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