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The Case for Wage-Led Growth

  • By Jeff Madrick, Roosevelt Institute and Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis
June 15, 2012

The share of wages and salaries in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has declined in most rich nations over the past 20 to 30 years. Over the same period, income inequality has grown in most of these nations, and rapidly in some of the largest of them, resulting in slow wage growth for most consumers. 

The U.S. and Europe Are Blocking Global Cooperation

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
June 11, 2012 |

Leaders of the world’s largest economies are off for a G-20 get-together June 18 in Los Cabos, Mexico. No doubt, their closing communiqué will declare that the governance of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank should “more adequately reflect changing economic weights in the world economy in order to increase their legitimacy and effectiveness.”

Achtung Baby: Germany Is Riskier than You Think

June 5, 2012

This presentation is posted with permission from World Economic Roundtable members from Carmel Asset Management.

Why a Grexit Would Make Lehman Look Like Childs Play

June 5, 2012

This post originally appeared at TF Market Advisors.

by Peter Tchir

White House Summit on Financial Capability and Empowerment

May 16, 2012
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Last Thursday, The White House hosted the first ever Summit on Financial Capability and Empowerment.  Did you hear all about it?  Probably not – it somehow slipped the evening news. 

New America NYC Event: Minimum Rage

May 8, 2012

Millennials are the first downwardly mobile generation in decades, staring down a host of economic challenges--student debt, the rise of low-wage jobs, and the ballooning cost of tuition, food, and rent. Media regularly serve up sobering statistics about twentysomethings, while Occupy Wall Street struggles to stay on message. How will the Great Recession affect Millennials longterm? And do they have what it takes to fight back?


Ron Paul's Big Idea

May 4, 2012
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Although the race for the Republican nomination is all but over, Ron Paul has brought issues to the fore that would otherwise have remained obscure. One of his classic refrains – one that has received support in different forms from the likes of Allen Greenspan and Robert Zoellick – is to shut down the Federal Reserve and return to the gold standard. Although this proposal is rarely seen as feasible, a similar movement is picking up steam in both domestic and international contexts: the call to do away with physical currency.

Financial Inclusion Hits the Headlines (at least for the World Bank & Mexico)

April 24, 2012
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This past Sunday, the World Bank partnered with the government of Mexico to host “Financial Inclusion: from Principles to Action.” In addition to a high level opening plenary with H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, the event included sessions on financial inclusion, the role of the private sector, financial literacy and consumer protection.

Why M-PESA Can Increase Financial Inclusion but Won’t Displace Cash in Kenya

April 23, 2012
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Last month, the Central Bank of Nigeria began a pilot in Lagos aimed at reducing the high dominance of cash in the economy by imposing limits on cash transactions. In similar fashion, Sweden, through its emphasis on technology and innovation, is likely to become the world’s first cashless economy. The emergence of electronic money (e-money) in these two countries has revived the discourse over the future of cash, but in particular, the rise of e-money has opened the debate about the ways to leverage the benefits of this technology for financial development in the developing world.

Value Added: America's Manufacturing Future

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • Joshua Freedman,
  • New America Foundation
April 18, 2012

Manufacturing matters. That is the rapidly emerging consensus in the United States, after a generation in which leading policymakers, economists and journalists dismissed the importance of the U.S.

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