Economics

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Is Inequality a Bigger Threat than the Islamic State?

In the Age of Fear, the sensational always overtakes the important.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

This Is Not Your Father's Stock Market

6 ways that global investing is breaking the rules.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Dilma's Smoke, Modi's Mirrors

From India to Brazil to Indonesia, getting emerging market economies in order is going to be a lot harder than investors want to believe.

Nicholas Spiro |

Exclusive

Exclusive: U.S. Firms Raced to Get Government-Backed Financing Before the Money Disappeared

With the Export-Import Bank on the chopping block, American companies tried to get requests in under the wire.

Jamila Trindle |

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.

Christian Caryl |

Report

Cold Comfort

Russia's central bank tries, but fails, to halt falling ruble.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

West Africa's Financial Immune Deficiency

Health systems in Africa are ill-equipped to deal with Ebola. And that's partly the fault of IMF policies.

Rick Rowden |

Report

A Nuclear Deal Might Not Set Off an Iranian Business Boom

Discord between the White House and Congress over any potential deal with Tehran could keep foreign companies from racing back into Iran.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Making Bank

Why China’s new infrastructure bank represents a challenge to the global order.

Ely Ratner |

COLUMN

The Canary in China's Central Bank

Is Beijing's Ben Bernanke on his way out?

Daniel Altman |

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Is Laziness the Cause of Economic Inequality?

Americans and the British lean toward moral weakness, but the rest of the world blames government policies.

Bruce Stokes |

COLUMN

When the Petrodollars Run Out

Oil and gas prices are falling through the floor. And some countries are woefully unprepared for the drop.

Daniel Altman |

Case Studies

For the People, By the People in Indonesia

How one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt countries gave power over funding to its poorest citizens.

Rushda Majeed |

Christian Caryl

Sorry, Eric X. Li, Democracy Is Not the Problem

Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists aren't radicals or revolutionaries. But that's what Beijing wants you to believe.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

France Is Living Fat and Giving the Finger to Germany

Paris isn't even trying to pretend that it cares anymore about hitting the eurozone's debt targets. But now a showdown with Brussels looms.

Nicholas Spiro |

Lab Report

How to Bring Brazil's Economy Back to Life

The policies that helped Brazil to healthy growth over the past decade have lost momentum. The next president will need bold new ideas that look beyond the short term. Third in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Rob Dwyer |

Dispatch

From Outcasts to Kingmakers

The improbable tale of how the Houthis seized control of Yemen's revolution.

Peter Salisbury |

Lab Report

The Subtle Art of the Brazilian Majority

Brazilians want change. But they'll only get it if their new president can combine the urge to reform with the will to govern. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Gregory Michener |

Argument

A Way Out of Crisis

Robust reform can seem impossible for governments mired in corruption. But the solution is pretty simple: Focus on policies, not politics.

Kristen Sample |

Argument

The Virtues of Modesty

Too often reformers treat progress toward democracy as if it were a matter of all or nothing. Here's a plea for the messy approach.

Brian Levy |

Argument

Keep It Black

Egypt's government is preparing to domesticate the country's informal economy. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.

Rachel Williamson |

Argument

The Emerging Market Stress Test

The Fed’s new monetary policy could put a big strain on developing economies. But they might be up for it this time.

Nicholas Spiro |

Argument

Mozambique's Moment

With a growing economy and a freshly-signed peace agreement, Mozambique's future looks bright. But it needs to act now to avoid the perils of the resource curse.

Robert Looney |

Report

The Chocolate King Comes to Chocolate City

The Ukrainian leader addresses Congress and Obama, asking hat in hand for help for his beleaguered nation.

Jamila Trindle |

COLUMN

What Economists Don't Understand About Scots

Everyone from Paul Krugman to Joseph Stiglitz is weighing in on Scotland’s risky bet. But they don’t get the feeling of yes.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

History Is So Not Over

It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

Christian Caryl

Scotland's Tricky Choice

Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom. Can an independent Scotland achieve both?

Christian Caryl |

Report

Preventing the Next Argentina

Efforts to fix the global debt system grind on with no quick fix.

Jamila Trindle |