Listen to the World's top economists discuss their research and deconstruct global economic trends.
Ruchir Agarwal with a Proposal to End the Pandemic
There will be no durable end to the economic crisis until enough people around the world are vaccinated against Covid-19 and its variants to put the health crisis behind us. Ruchir Agarwal and IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath have joined forces to come up with a plan that would make that happen. In this podcast, Agarwal says the return on investment for ending the pandemic could reach $9 trillion, one of the highest-return investments ever. Transcript: https://bit.ly/2Tzl6L6
Trevor Manuel Reflects on South Africa's Lost Decade
When the apartheid regime ceded power following South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the economy was in shambles. Trevor Manuel revamped the budgeting process and set a stringent deficit reduction target. By 2006, the economy was growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades. In this podcast, Manuel looks back at what drove the country's longest phase of economic growth and how he believes the ruling party he helped establish has lost its way. Read the Transcript: https://bit.ly/3pDML
Sanjeev Gupta: Military Spending in the Post-Pandemic Era
The pandemic has left government budgets across the globe scrambling for revenues and having to reassess their tax and spending policies. For some countries– especially those in conflict areas, spending on defense eats up precious resources that could otherwise go toward other forms of public spending like education, health and infrastructure. In this podcast, economist Sanjeev Gupta says keeping global tensions in check would have long-term economic benefits. Transcript: https://bit.ly/3vAx1q8
Nikita Aggarwal: The New Morality of Debt
Society has long debated the morality of debt. In ancient times, debt was viewed in many cultures as sinful, with lending at interest especially repugnant. These concerns continue to influence perceptions of lending and the regulation of credit markets today. In this podcast, Oxford University's Nikita Aggarwal says our increasingly online lives prove a valuable source of data for lenders and add new dimensions to debt’s morality.
Chrystia Freeland and Kristalina Georgieva: Budgeting for Gender Equity
New IMF research shows that women have been the most adversely affected group during the pandemic. Chrystia Freeland is Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and its first-ever female Finance Minister. In this podcast, Freeland and IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, discuss policies to help prevent the covid-19 pandemic from rolling back gains in women's economic opportunities and how Canada has aligned its gender strategy with the budget process.
Rana Foroohar on the Economic and Social Force of Big Tech
Financial Times Global Business Columnist, Rana Foroohar says the concentration of wealth and power among Big Tech firms has grown exponentially over the course of the global pandemic.
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