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Roubini at Davos: G20 Has Become G-Zero

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Davos WEF 2011: Nouriel Roubini: G20 has become G-Zero

Stewardship of the global economy is in disarray due to a vacuum of leadership, senior economists have warned.  (Click for Video [4:32])


Davos 2011 WEF: live

By Philip Aldrick, Economics Editor

Nouriel Roubini, professor of economics at New York University, and Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the media group WPP, lamented a lack of joined-up global leadership, describing co-ordinated efforts to address trade imbalances, capital flows, water resources, immigration and climate change as “G Zero”.
“There is complete disagreement and disarray. That’s the sense of the G Zero,” Mr Roubini said, explaining the new buzzword at the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in the Swiss resort of Davos.
“There is no agreement on anything. We are in a world where there is no leadership,” he added.
The G20 has had recent successes, striking a deal on bank capital requirements in South Korea last year and providing a forum for discussions on global imbalances.  


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4 Responses to “Roubini at Davos: G20 Has Become G-Zero”

sJanuary 28th, 2011 at 10:19 am

G-zero: ground-zero, the center of the coming global implosion fuelled by a chain reaction of irresponsible corruption?

GuestJanuary 29th, 2011 at 10:24 am

“The Nordic way” at the World Economic Forum in Davos.What’s so special about the Nordics? In international comparisons, not least the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index, the Nordic countries are almost always found at or near the top. In one meta-index that is an aggregate of 16 different global indices (competitiveness, productivity, growth, quality of life, prosperity, equality etc) the four main Nordic countries − Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland − top the list. What are the reasons? Is there such a thing as a common “Model” particular to the Nordics and if so, will it last? Is it sustainable, even transferable to other parts of the world?In this little brief we would like to provide bits and pieces of what we believe are some plausible explanations for the relative success of the Nordic societies. If these experiences can improve the understanding of our way of doing things and inspire debate and development in other parts of the world we will be very pleased.Shared values are also about sharing values and experiences with others. The fact that Nordic countries showed resilience during the recent financial crisis largely seems to be the result of previous deep crises in the Nordic region in the 1980s and 90s. During these crises, the Nordic countries renewed and modernized their respective economies in ways which sometimes constituted a break with previous regulations and tax systems.

economicminorJanuary 30th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Nouriel, Again, have you ever considered the work of Steve Keen? must know of him I would assume as he is also a Professor of Economics and there can’t be that many of them.He is adamant about what happens from exponential growth and how mathematically it always creates a hyperbolic curve. His math plotted against our debt and economy is pretty awesome.Given this, your optimism, which I might add has continually ratcheted downward to reflect Steve’s math and reality, is either because you disbelieve him or you have never studied his work. Which is it? Have you studied his work? Is he wrong? Or are you just being political and not getting to far from the current FED/Media/Gobbermint Speak?Thanks again for your allowing the other side to comment.

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