Archive for January 15th, 2020

Government under fiscal pressure: WMA trends suggest so

January 15, 2020

My new piece in moneycontrol:

The frequency with which RBI is advancing loans to the Centre is a reminder that public finances need to be set right at the earliest

When Climate Activism and Nationalism Collide

January 15, 2020

Kemal Dervis sums up one of the key battles of 2020s decade:

There is an overwhelming consensus among scientists that this decade will be the last window for humanity to change the current global trajectory of carbon dioxide emissions so that the world can get close to zero net emissions by around 2050, and thus avoid potentially catastrophic climate risks. But although the massive technological and economic changes required to achieve this goal are well understood, their political implications are rarely discussed.

While climate activists have built an impressive international movement, broadening their political support and crossing borders, the nationalist narrative has been gaining ground in domestic politics around the world. Its central message – that the world consists of nation-states in relentless competition with one another – stands in sharp contrast to the climate movement’s “one planet” emphasis on human solidarity. And these two trends are on a collision course.


In fact, this clash may become a defining feature of politics, with the nationalist right facing a coalition of climate-oriented voters comprising not only today’s Greens, but also those from the social-democratic center-left and the traditional center-right. Moreover, other issues will be connected to this fault line, not least the need for domestic compensation of those groups that temporarily lose out as a result of ambitious climate mitigation efforts.

If the dominant divide of the 2020s is between the nationalist narrative and green internationalism, then the climate debate may import global issues into national politics like never before. The outcome, of course, remains to be seen.

From reforms to stagnation – 20 years of economic policies in Putin’s Russia

January 15, 2020

Laura Solanko of Bank of Finland in this research note tracks Putin era.

This paper gives a concise overview of the economic difficulties and policy responses in Putin’s Russia from the late 1990s to present. The discussion concludes with thoughts on future challenges facing Russia.


Why every company needs a Chief Fun Officer?

January 15, 2020

of Warwick Business School in this piece argues why fun is important in workplaces and you need a officer to promote fun:


A network analysis of economic history: how economic historians are interconnected through their research

January 15, 2020

Gregori Galofré Vilà of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in this voxeu piece:

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