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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 18 October 2019


“Synchronized stagnation” hits the global economy, the Nobel Prize in Economics honors pioneers against poverty, and calls to walk to the World Food Day talk – here’s your look at this week’s list of the most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


  1. Global economy enters period of ‘synchronized stagnation.’ Research by Brookings and the Financial Times shows indicators at lowest levels since early 2016. (Financial Times)

2. How the three Nobel Winners for Economics upended the fight against poverty. Their work in practice, explained. (NPR)

3. Esther Duflo is only the second woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics. And a major newspaper headline still referred to her as “wife” of another Laureate. (MarketWatch)

4. The world’s food system costs trillions in poor health and ecological damage. On World Food Day, there was a call for governments and researchers to commit to more-regular audits of these unseen expenses. (Nature)

5. Do a country’s inhabitants get happier as it gets richer? Most governments seem to believe so. (The Economist)

6. Hunger and the climate crisis are inextricably linked. Bob Geldof says the challenge is how to solve one, while not exacerbating the other. (The Guardian)

7. Domestic workers in Latin America struggle to escape poverty. Around three-quarters of such work happens off the books. (CGTN)

8. The new Brexit deal is still bad for business and the UK economy: One expert argues the agreement would erect significant trade barriers, reduce growth and leave the country poorer. (CNN)

9. South Asia used to be the world’s fastest-growing region. Now it is facing an economic slowdown. (Foreign Policy)

10. As world wavers on free trade, Africa embraces it. Everything you need to know about the African Continental Free Trade Area. (The Washington Post)




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