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Op-ed Is Economic Openness an "Enemy of the People"?
Monica de Bolle — April 24, 2015
Protectionist arguments reflect an intense concern over specific groups that would lose from increased openness without taking stock of the countless others who would benefit from liberalization.

North Korea: Witness to Transformation The Interview Continues to Confound Pyongyang and Seoul
Marcus Noland — April 24, 2015
You have to hand it to Seth Rogen: The Interview had its 15 minutes here in the States, but it is still generating unending heartburn in Pyongyang and Seoul. Activists are using various tactics to smuggle it in to North Korea where the reaction reportedly has run from disgust to “ ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Brazil's Adjustment: It's (not) Mostly Fiscal
Monica de Bolle — April 23, 2015
Much has been said recently about the urgent need for fiscal adjustment in Brazil. Finance Minister Joaquim Levy conveyed this message during his trip to Washington in April, and President Dilma Rousseff began her second term in office in January by moving toward the removal of key price distorti ...

Trade and Investment Policy Watch Crude Oil Export Controls: A Trifecta of Bad Policy
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — April 23, 2015
It’s rare to find a policy that combines bad economics with harmful national security overtones and, at the same time, violates US obligations to the world trading system. But US restrictions on crude oil exports are just that rare bird.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch The IMF's Harmful Debt Restructuring Proposal
Angel Ubide — April 22, 2015
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board will soon decide how far to go in imposing costs on creditors when a country requests large scale IMF assistance. Early indications based on current staff proposals are that its decision will weaken the international financial architecture ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch What Prevents Pension Reform in Russia?
Simeon Djankov — April 22, 2015
The Russian finance minister, Anton Siluanov, announced in mid-April that without a major pension reform later this year, next year's budget would be in jeopardy. Shortly afterwards, the press secretary of President Vladimir Putin, Dmtriy Peskov, said that nothing of that sort would take place ...

News Release Anders Borg Joins the Peterson Institute for International Economics
April 20, 2015
Washington—The Peterson Institute for International Economics is pleased to welcome Anders Borg as a nonresident senior fellow beginning April 2015. Borg served as Sweden's Minister for Finance from 2006 to 2014, where he earned wide prai ...

Policy Brief 15-5 How Not to Regulate Insurance Markets: The Risks and Dangers of Solvency II [pdf]
Avinash D. Persaud — April 20, 2015
Avinash Persaud assesses the risks and dangers of Solvency II, the new EU directive for regulating insurance companies, and recommends an alternative approach.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Ukraine's Bond Restructuring: Surgery, Conspiracy, and Campaign
Anna Gelpern — April 17, 2015
Debt restructuring is the second largest source of outside financing for Ukraine's new International Monetary Fund (IMF) program [pdf]. The Fund itself brings $17.5 billion over four ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Russia's Bond: It's Official! (... and Private ... and Anything Else It Wants to Be ...)
Anna Gelpern — April 17, 2015
Ukraine's bond restructuring talks are in high gear, and, as ever, Russia is the trouble du jour. Not only is it threatening to hold out in the bond deal and take Ukraine to arbitration, Russia also seems ...

News Release New Book on Ukraine Calls for Sweeping Political, Economic, and Government Reforms
April 17, 2015
WASHINGTON—Ukraine, facing an existential crisis after years of political, economic, and military turmoil, must undertake sweeping reforms to achieve prosperity and independence, according to a new book by Anders Åslund published by th ...

Trade and Investment Policy Watch A Big Step Forward for the US Trade Agenda
Jeffrey J. Schott — April 16, 2015
Eight years after the expiration of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), congressional leaders finally tabled a new bill that could expedite the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement between the United States and 11 other countries.

Op-ed Brazil's Investment: A Maze in One's Own Navel
Monica de Bolle — April 16, 2015
Fears of losing market share and "selling the country to foreigners" still dominate Brazil's national debate. It is time to stop navel gazing and take advantage of the unique opportunities that free trade agreements present.

China Economic Watch Real Value of China’s FX Reserves is Essentially Flat
Sean Miner — April 16, 2015
There has been a lot of debate lately about China’s foreign exchange reserves, whether the People’s Bank of China has been intervening, and in which direction.  It appears from the data available that the PBoC has done little or no intervening in the exchange market.  Data released this week shows t ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Diversity among Advanced Economies in Rebounding from Crisis
Paolo Mauro and Jan Zilinsky — April 15, 2015
Newly released projections by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its World Economic Outlook highlight the diversity of experiences among advanced economies in rebounding from the crisis. Although most economies (including all economies shown in this blog post) are projected to return ...

RECENT EVENTS

 

Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens

Challenges for Emerging Economies' Central Banks in the Face of Quantitative Easing in Advanced Economies

Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens delivers the Institute's 15th annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Lecture.

Ilan Goldfajn

Latin America: From Recovery to Slowdown

Ilan Goldfajn, former deputy governor at the Central Bank of Brazil, and Jose De Gregorio, former governor of the Central Bank of Chile, discuss emerging risks in Latin America.

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Further Steps towards a Thriving Economic and Monetary Union

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, discusses how to secure a thriving Economic and Monetary Union.

Anders Aslund

Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

Anders Åslund presents the findings of his latest book on Ukraine, followed by comments from Ukrainian ministers Natalie Jaresko and Aivaras Abromavicius.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

Agenda for European Competition Policy

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager lays out her agenda for European competition policy over the next five years.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Tax Reforms in India: Vision for the Future

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discusses the crucial overhaul of India's indirect tax system.

SECULAR STAGNATION



The Case Against Secular Stagnation

Four PIIE experts say that, contrary to the arguments of some experts, the world economy is not afflicted by "secular stagnation," and that significant untapped economic potential in Europe and China combined with better fiscal policies can spur economic growth.

TRADE AND INVESTMENT



Benefits to the US Economy in Eight Charts

The benefits to the US economy from cross-border trade and investment are narrated and visualized through eight charts. They focus on the significant growth of two-way trade and investment, higher earnings in export-intensive industries, and the changing nature of trade in a globalized economy.

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