Technology and Millennials Are Driving Business Strategy and Social Change

Technology and Millennials Are Driving Business Strategy and Social Change

Doing well by doing good is now expected for businesses, and moral leadership is at a premium for CEOs. For today’s companies to maintain their license to operate, they need to take into account a range of elements in their decision making: managing their supply chains, applying new ways of measuring their business performance that […]

Slower Growth Consistent with Post-Industrial Era

Slower Growth Consistent with Post-Industrial Era

photo: Cory M. Grenier After intensive industrialization, growth deceleration is natural. No nation has enjoyed sustained double-digit growth after industrialization. The real test of resilience is the continued increase of Chinese living standards. In 2015, China’s economy grew by 6.9 percent. Internationally, the performance was portrayed as the “slowest in 25 years.” Some argued that the […]

In 3D Printing We Believe

In 3D Printing We Believe

We’re seeing a shift in how goods and services are consumed. Driven by the global move towards sustainability, fewer businesses and consumers feel the need to individually purchase, own, and maintain various material assets. From Netjets to AirBnB and Zipcar to Buzzcar, US and European consumers have been flocking toward the “Sharing Economy.” With the […]

Only Recession Can Prevent An Oil Price Spike

photo: L.C. Nøttaasen The biggest result from the collapse in oil prices could be a future price spike. Oil prices at $30 per barrel have put most producers under water. That has led to austere budgets and severe cuts to spending. Wood Mackenzie recently estimated that $380 billion in major oil projects have been delayed or […]

Has the Global Trade-Development Link Peaked?

Has the Global Trade-Development Link Peaked?

Trade has been a key driver of global growth, income convergence, and poverty reduction. Both developing countries and emerging market economies have benefited from opportunities to transfer technology from abroad and to undergo domestic structural transformation via trade integration in the last decades. Yet, more recently, concerns have been raised over whether the current pace […]

Making Financial Inclusion a Reality for the Unbanked

Making Financial Inclusion a Reality for the Unbanked

photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Financial inclusion and the fight against poverty  Ravallion (2015) illustrates how mainstream thinking on poverty has changed over the last 200 years: from considering poverty as inevitable or even necessary for economic advancement, to viewing it as a social ill that can be avoided through public action. In fact, […]

Fiscal Federalism: The Eurozone Is Not the USA

Fiscal Federalism: The Eurozone Is Not the USA

photo: Stephen Little The current crisis in the European Monetary Union (EMU) has led to comparisons between the EMU and the United States as currency unions. There are similarities and differences, but one similarity is that they are both federations in the sense of a higher level government interacting with a lower level government. They both […]

Europe’s Third Challenge

Europe’s Third Challenge

ECB President Draghi made clear at yesterday’s press conference that new risks have materialized and the central bank’s job to reaching its mandate is far from over. Current efforts may not suffice to achieve its legal prescribed mandate. Monetary policy will be reviews and reassessed at the next meeting in March, when new staff forecasts […]

Iran’s Eagerness To Export Sees Oil Tanking Again

First wel’ll take a quick look at some of the critical figures and data in the energy markets this week. Oil broke below $30 per barrel late last week as Iran returned to the international economy and prepared to export more oil. (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) Chart of the Week Oil-related tax receipts […]

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