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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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Policy Brief 14-26 Rapid Growth in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies: Now and Forever? [pdf]
Giang Ho and Paolo Mauro — December 17, 2014
Most forecasts for emerging and developing economies reflect excessive optimism that is both statistically significant and economically relevant, according to a study of forecasts for horizons of up to 20 years in more than 100 countries.

audio Peterson Perspectives Interview Economic Crisis in Russia
Anders Aslund — December 17, 2014
Anders Åslund analyzes Russia's economic woes and says the only way out is to get sanctions lifted by reversing course on Ukraine.

Op-ed There Is Only One Cure for What Plagues Russia
Anders Aslund — December 17, 2014
The only realistic cure to Russia's current financial meltdown is to have Western sanctions lifted; for that, Moscow must evacuate from eastern Ukraine.

China Economic Watch China Rebalancing Update – Q3 2014
Ryan Rutkowski — December 17, 2014
With all the relevant economic data out, we can now update our rebalancing indicators for the third quarter of 2014: 1. Urban Disposable Income Growing Faster than GDP The gap between GDP growth and urban disposable income growth expanded slightly in the third quarter of 2014. ...

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Mike Chinoy on Merrill Newman
Stephan Haggard — December 17, 2014
We thought more than enough has been said about the recent detainees and their release; our posts on them are linked below. But Mike Chinoy has written a long piece on Merrill Newman called “The Last P.O.W” (available as a Kindle Single for 99 cents) ...

PIIE Briefing 14-4 Lessons from Decades Lost: Economic Challenges and Opportunities Facing Japan and the United States [pdf]
December 16, 2014
This PIIE Briefing, released on the heels of Prime Minister Abe's December 2014 election win, assesses current policy regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fiscal sustainability, and slow growth.

China Economic Watch Monday Readings about the Chinese Economy
Jan Zilinsky — December 15, 2014
With so many articles about China that came out on Friday and over the weekend, we collected a few that you will not want to miss: Economics Yesterday’s Lima agreement was inspired by the Obama-Xi deal ...

Op-ed Reasons to Be Concerned by the Rise of Self-Employment
David G. Blanchflower — December 15, 2014
Self-employment conveys considerable risks, not least when there is a large amount of labor market slack.

News Release Paolo Mauro Joins the Peterson Institute for International Economics
December 15, 2014
Washington—The Peterson Institute for International Economics is pleased to welcome Paolo Mauro as a senior fellow beginning December 2014. Mauro joins the Institute following a distinguished 20-year career at the International Monetary F ...

China Economic Watch China Chart of the Week: China More Powerful than the EU?
Jan Zilinsky — December 12, 2014
Will China be more powerful that the EU within six years? Nearly six in ten Europeans think so, according to an EU-wide opinion poll from this year. While there are moderate differences between countries, there is not a sin ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch Don't Repeal Swaps Push-Out Requirements (Section 716 of Dodd-Frank)
Simon Johnson — December 12, 2014
Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act requires that some derivative transactions be "pushed out" from those parts of banks that have deposit insurance (run by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FD ...

China Economic Watch Cleaning up Energy Consumption in China: The Nuclear Question
Ryan Rutkowski and and Kevin Stahler — December 11, 2014
Cleaning up Energy Consumption in China: The Nuclear Question China – now in the midst of a war on pollution - is actively seeking to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and sl ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch A New Reformist Offensive in Ukraine
Anders Aslund — December 10, 2014
Ukraine is on the brink of a financial meltdown, but its newly formed government appears to be prepared to do what it takes to turn the situation around. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's speech to parliament on December 9 laid out one the boldest and most impressive reform agendas that Ukraine ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch PIIE Chart: Political Timetables for US Free Trade Agreements
Cathleen Cimino — December 10, 2014
The United States is negotiating two major free trade agreements (FTAs): the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which involves 10 other countries, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union. Both negotiations have been held up by ...

RealTime Economic Issues Watch The European Union Lags on Basel III Banking Reforms
Nicolas Véron — December 10, 2014
The European Union, which often claims leadership on championing global financial standards, has been found to be the global laggard on a key aspect of banking regulation, as documented by the latest report (December 5) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. As ...


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

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



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.

Peter Praet

Monetary Policy Issues in the Euro Area

Peter Praet, ECB, discusses monetary policy issues currently confronting the euro area.

Anders Åslund

The Great Rebirth: Lessons from the Victory of Capitalism over Communism

Coeditors Anders Åslund and Simeon Djankov presented the findings of their new book, with Leszek Balcerowicz leading a panel discussion.


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