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Economic Normalization with Cuba: A Roadmap for US PolicymakersThe United States and Cuba are ending decades of hostility and heading toward normalizing their relations. Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar provide recommendations on how to proceed in their recent book Economic Normalization with Cuba: A Roadmap for US Policymakers.

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China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: Chinese Firms Top Forbes 2000
Sarah Oliver — January 28, 2015
The Forbes Global 2000 companies list, which ranks the top 2000 largest public companies annually, was notable in 2014 because for the first time, three Chinese banks (ICBC, China Construction Bank, and Agribultural Bank of China) ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Sex, Oil, and the Ruble
Simeon Djankov — January 28, 2015
In the last few weeks, a start-up called Russian Zen has become the most visited internet site in Moscow. No, it isn't a spiritual site. Quite the contrary. On a background of sparsely-clad women and soothing tantric music, three numbers flash on the screen: the real-time ruble to dollar exchange ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch China and India: Who Will Win the Growth Competition?
Paolo Mauro and Jan Zilinsky — January 28, 2015
India's economic promise is at the forefront of public interest, with President Obama's visit a few days ago. Will India's economy finally grow faster than China's? According to the January 2015 update of the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook, the growth rate of Ind ...

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Haggard at Nikkei Asian Review
Stephan Haggard — January 28, 2015
The week before last, a group of American diplomats and North Korea specialists met at a track-two dialogue in Singapore. The American delegation was led by former special State Department representative for North Korea Stephen Bosworth and included Leon Sigal, author of the classic study of the fir ...

Policy Brief 15-2 Service Sector Reform in China [pdf]
Ryan Rutkowski — January 27, 2015
Chinese leaders have outlined an ambitious agenda for service sector reform, but myriad vested interests could slow or block their plans. Failure to reform and open up the service sector could seriously impair China's growth prospects.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Greece Has Chosen, but It Doesn't Get to Decide by Itself
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard — January 26, 2015
The radical leftist party Syriza won the election in Greece on Sunday with 36 percent of the vote, propelled by a campaign demanding an end to tough austerity measures imposed from on high in return for its rescue from insolvency. Together with the Independent Greeks party (ANEL), Syriza is ...

China Economic Watch Deleveraging the State in China
Ryan Rutkowski — January 26, 2015
Corporate leverage has grown rapidly in recent years in the state sector. If the government remains committed to its policy of moderating the growth of credit, as economic growth slows, this could lead to the partial privatization of state assets. Corporate deleveraging is not without precedent i ...

Op-ed Will the Stars Favor China-US Ties in 2015?
Gary Clyde Hufbauer — January 26, 2015
A slew of economic deals and general easing of tensions give reason for optimism this year in the hugely important relationship.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Is Foreign Ownership of Banks Problematic for Eastern Europe?
Simeon Djankov — January 26, 2015
Last week's request by two Greek banks for a €5 billion emergency assistance from the European Central Bank rang alarm bells. Not just in Greece, where the economy has barely gotten off the ground after six consecutive years of falling GDP, but also across several Eastern European countries, w ...

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: China’s Real Effective FX Appreciation in Perspective
Kent Troutman — January 23, 2015
The renminbi depreciated by 2.5% against the US dollar in 2014, reversing a multi-year trend of appreciation. This depreciation has led some to question whether China has abandoned their policy of allowing the RMB to appreciate against the dollar. As we pointed out in our recent post reviewing the g ...

Testimony Job Creation and a Healthy Economy [pdf]
Justin Wolfers — January 22, 2015
While there is good news about the US economy, we should not confuse this with the fact that the level of activity remains below potential.

RealTime Economic Issues Watch How Long Will the Global Oil Glut Last?
Avinash Persaud — January 22, 2015
The decline in oil prices to less than $50 per barrel should not be a surprise. The surprise is how long oil prices stayed above $100 per barrel when supply and demand fundamentals could no longer support such a price. Given the supply outlook, oil prices will likely remain below $50 per barrel f ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Bulgaria: Slayer of Russian Energy Projects
Simeon Djankov — January 21, 2015
In the past three years, Bulgaria has been slaying large Russian energy projects at the pace of one a year. In 2012, it was the Belene nuclear power plant—started in the distant 1988 and dragging along until the Borisov government, in which I was minister of finance and deputy prime mini ...

Policy Brief 15-1 What Next for the IMF? [pdf]
Edwin M. Truman — January 21, 2015
After the Obama administration's four failed attempts to win congressional approval of the 2010 quota and governance reform for the International Monetary Fund, the international community must prepare for the likelihood of a new world order in which the IMF augments its funding and reforms its governing structure without US participation.

audio Peterson Perspectives Interview A Growth Slowdown in China?
Nicholas R. Lardy — January 20, 2015
Nicholas R. Lardy says the latest GDP figures from China show an overall slowdown but underlying strength in employment, the services sector, and consumption.



Alejandro Werner

Latin America: Falling on Hard Times

Alejandro Werner, IMF, discusses the current outlook for Latin America, focusing on key regional vulnerabilities and policy challenges given the changing commodity and monetary environment.

Min Zhu

Unlocking Global Growth

The IMF's Min Zhu discusses ongoing structural changes in the world economy and policies to boost growth around the globe.

Pierre Moscovici

A Page Turned: Working for Investment and Growth in the New European Union

Pierre Moscovici, the new European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, speaks at the Institute.

Fabrizio Saccomanni

Restoring Sustainable Growth and Job Creation in Europe

Fabrizio Saccomanni, Italy's former minister of economy and finance, delivers the keynote address at an event held to discuss solving the persistent economic stagnation in Europe.

Sir Paul Tucker

Reforming the International Monetary and Financial System: What Role for National Democracies?

Sir Paul Tucker, Harvard Kennedy School, discusses international regulation and democratic legitimacy.


Peterson Institute for International Economics Announces New Funding Disclosure Steps [pdf]

A document posted in 2014 gives our Statement of Principles, Facts about Our Funding, and charts and lists indicating funding sources and amounts in 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.


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