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TPP Redux: Why the United States Is the Biggest Loser

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:15:00 -0500

On the first anniversary of President Trump’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the remaining 11 signatories in that pact have agreed in Tokyo to enter into a revised pact without US participation. The biggest loser from their agreement,...



Confronting the Zombies: Policies for Productivity Revival

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:15:00 -0500

The Peterson Institute for International Economics hosted an event to launch a new study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Confronting the Zombies: Policies for Productivity Revival , on January 23, 2018. Giuseppe Nicoletti, the OECD’s head of Structural Policy...



China Needs Better Credit Data to Help Consumers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:15:00 -0500

Formidable barriers stand between the modern financial system and the hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens still using costly informal credit. For many, the financial data that could be used to give them a credit score that would lead to a fair priced loan exist but are not being used. This...






Venezuela's Ill-Advised "Cryptocurrency" Scheme: An Update

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:15:00 -0500

Beset by political and economic crises, the Venezuelan government provided more details in early January about its plan to issue a new so-called cryptocurrency called the “petro,” which it hopes to use to avoid a financial meltdown. Venezuela’s plan is to raise up to $6 billion by issuing 100...



Witness to Transformation Takes a Pause

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:30:00 -0500

This blog was launched prior to publication of our second collaborative effort on North Korea, Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (2011). It then kept us current during the writing of our third collaborative effort, Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements and the Case of North...



ECB Interventions in Distressed Sovereign Debt Markets: The Case of Greek Bonds

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

The authors study central bank interventions in times of severe distress (mid-2010), using a unique bond-level dataset of European Central Bank (ECB) purchases of Greek sovereign debt. ECB bond buying had a large impact on the price of short and medium maturity bonds, resulting in a remarkable “...



Initial Coin Offerings Require New Regulations

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:15:00 -0500

The term “initial coin offering” (ICO) has entered the lexicon to describe the method used by thousands of individuals and businesses to raise more than $3 billion in bitcoin and other digital currencies to fund new enterprises and products. Regulators across the globe are struggling to assess the...



Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Unfair to Whom?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:15:00 -0500




Mixed Reviews for the Single Resolution Board

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 -0500

The establishment in 2015 of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), a new agency of the European Union, is one of the most significant European banking reforms of recent years. The SRB was set up to quickly resolve banks that are failing or likely to fail, as part of a wider effort to break the vicious...