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“Financial, Real, and Commodity Cycles”: Understanding Cycles to Assess Globalization

David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, introduced Session One of the Eighteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference. The session, Financial, Real, and Commodity Cycles, initiated discussions of the conference’s theme, The Global Financial Cycle.In regard to boom-bust … Continue reading

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Powering Nigeria’s Future

We see several differences when comparing Nigeria and South Africa, the two largest economies in Africa. In terms of population, South Africa has 60 million people and Nigeria has 180 million people, but when we look at their energy grid … Continue reading

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Educating the Educators: The World Bank and the Jamaican School System

One of Jamaica’s greatest assets is its educated population and improving school system. Jamaica based its educational system off of that of the United Kingdom, its former colonist. Primary education is free and compulsory for the first 6 years. Secondary … Continue reading

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The Story of Mexico and its Internal Struggles

Before diving into Mexico’s internal struggles, we thought it would be useful to highlight some important data points on the country:/> Mexico has a population of 127.5 million people The country’s life expectancy is 76.9 years with an HDI score … Continue reading

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The Jamaican Diaspora: A Labor Crisis or Untapped Investment Potential?

With a relatively small domestic population of about 2.881 million, Jamaica is certainly well-represented by emigrants around the world, particularly among its biggest trading partners (U.S., Canada, U.K.). According to the IMF, there are currently almost as many Jamaicans living … Continue reading

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An Interesting Time in the Indian Economy

Once a country filled with poverty, India has been one of the fastest growing countries in the world for the better half of the past decade. A variety different catalysts propelled India to be a major economy in the world: … Continue reading

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The Philippines: An Introduction

Here, we will be introducing the development profile of the Philippines, but first, we saw it as appropriate to initially discuss the Philippines from a biographical perspective. Officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, the nation is located in … Continue reading

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South Africa’s Sustainability Efforts

South Africa, a country to watch: Before we begin to look at the issue of sustainability that affects South Africa, we note a couple points on the country:   South Africa is a rapidly-developing country that maintains the largest African … Continue reading

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Where are the poor?

The points for debate are in the outline below. The next paragraph is a digression, but an important one. We looked at PPP per capita and (in passing) the HDI. Two notes in passing. As (i) a general feature of … Continue reading

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Intro Topic

In the summer of 1976 I wandered around northern Luzon in the Philippines, during a period of martial law imposed by elected-president-turned-dictator Ferdinand Marcos. I headed up into the mountains to Bontoc. An anecdote tied to that visit will help … Continue reading

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