China’s Economic Black Box
Beijing’s recent GDP downgrade shows that it is serious about fixing its data problem.
China’s Provinces Can’t Afford Beijing’s Development Plans
Rising local debt is making the Chinese economy even more fragile.
Britain Looks Into the Trade Abyss
Many fear a go-it-alone future outside the EU portends economic eclipse.
Hard Brexit Means Hard Times on the Toilet
One consequence of leaving the EU that Brexiteers forgot to reckon with? Nationwide toilet paper shortages.
Having Failed to Clinch a Deal With North Korea, Trump Turns to China
The administration talks up progress in “historic” trade talks, but an agreement remains elusive.
Lebanon Is Facing an Economic and Environmental Disaster
Rather than rushing to punish Hezbollah, the United States should be shoring up the country’s new government to avoid state collapse.
Growth Alone Won’t Help the Poor
Nigeria shows that economic growth combined with rising inequality won’t lift people out of poverty. The country’s next government should heed the lesson.
It’s Legal to Sell Sex in Amsterdam, But Don’t Expect the Same Rights As Other Workers.
The famously permissive Dutch city is cracking down on prostitution, relocating sex workers, and discriminating against those employed in the industry.
Will David Malpass Run the World Bank or Ruin It?
Trump taps a critic of the world’s biggest development bank to be its next president.
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Can a New Currency End Tehran’s Economic Woes?
The Central Bank of Iran wants to take four zeros off the rial—but redenomination won’t work miracles.
Just How Much Is China’s Economy Slowing?
Beijing is preparing another massive stimulus, but the economy is visibly running out of steam.
Davos Has Learned to Fake Populism
The world’s most powerful economic elites are using anti-globalist rhetoric to help turbocharge globalization—and enrich themselves.
The Other Magic Kingdom
Saudi Arabia is making a very risky bet that it can become an international tourist destination.
No Sweeping Free Trade Deal, Brussels Tells Washington
The EU’s terms for talks could herald another trade setback for Trump.
The World Bank Needs to Join the 21st Century
The next president of the world’s largest development organization needs to chart a new direction for a new era.
As West Grows Wary, Chinese Investment Plummets
The trade war and new U.S. regulations aimed at China are major factors.
Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy
Despite inequality, debt, and a tariff war, the U.S. economy is still the strongest.