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Digital finance makes international cooperation even more important
Digital finance makes international cooperation even more important
In an excellent recent article for the International Monetary Fund, Cornell University’s Eswar Prasad lays out the potential benefits and costs of digital finance. “The era of…
Is Pakistan heeding the warning signs from Sri Lanka?
Is Pakistan heeding the warning signs from Sri Lanka?
Pakistan is showing similar symptoms to those of Sri Lanka if economic and political challenges the country faces are seen in perspective. Sri Lanka is currently engulfed in…
Capital flows to emerging economies
Capital flows to emerging economies
The rise in US interest rates has revived perennial concerns about emerging economy foreign debt. As rates rise and the US dollar strengthens, the debt burden becomes greater and…
Don’t saddle Pacific Islands with disaster debt
Don’t saddle Pacific Islands with disaster debt
Pacific Islands are facing a serious debt crisis that has been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown of the tourism industry. Research based on…
Economic diplomacy: Trade shifts challenge a new government
Economic diplomacy: Trade shifts challenge a new government
Make or break Trade matters haven’t made much of an impact in Australia’s election campaign, not surprisingly overshadowed by Solomon Islands in the foreign affairs debate and…
Economic diplomacy: After Ukraine, the IMF ponders the future
Economic diplomacy: After Ukraine, the IMF ponders the future
Diminishing consensus That grandee of American economic statecraft Robert Zoellick made an uncomfortable return to public life this month by being lampooned for sitting on the…
Economic diplomacy: Cryptocurrency (quietly) joins a new world order
Economic diplomacy: Cryptocurrency (quietly) joins a new world order
Fence-sitting Right from the beginning of the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov has walked both sides of the new global divide over digital…
Bitcoin vs the IMF, and other great expectations
Bitcoin vs the IMF, and other great expectations
Digital divide El Salvador ranks only 89th on the latest index of cryptocurrency adoption around the world, but it may be at the frontline of one of the fascinating global…
A rank index or a politicised process? The IMF and trouble at the top
A rank index or a politicised process? The IMF and trouble at the top
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are meeting this week in Washington. The main focus is not on the Fund’s latest guesstimate of where the global economy is…
Covid recovery, in Australia and the world
Covid recovery, in Australia and the world
In much of the world, Covid-19 infections continue apace, but the global economy is rapidly recovering from last year’s slump. World trade volumes and industrial production were…