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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: What’s Driving ESG? A Top Ten List

The prevalence and prominence of sustainability as a vital concept in the world – let alone the business community – is now clear. It has been driven by a host of dynamics that are both native to, and external from,

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Otaviano Canuto, World Bank: Can Services Replace Manufacturing as an Engine for Development?

Manufacturing expansion has been a vehicle for job creation, productivity increases, and growth in non-advanced economies since the second half of the last century. First in Latin America, followed by Asia, and a renewal of production systems in Eastern Europe,

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Otaviano Canuto, World Bank: Overlapping Globalisations

Current technological developments in manufacturing are likely to lead to a partial reversal of the wave of fragmentation and global value chains that was at the core of the rise of North-South trade from 1990 onward. At the same time,

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Joseph E Stiglitz: The Globalisation of Our Discontent

Globalisation, which was supposed to benefit developed and developing countries alike, is now reviled almost everywhere, as the political backlash in Europe and the US in recent years has shown. The challenge is to minimise the risk that the backlash

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World Bank: Infrastructure Financing Options – Bankable Projects for Private Investors

Strategic investment funds have emerged as a way of addressing gaps in the infrastructure investment lifecycle. These funds are wholly or partially owned by governments or other public institutions, and are designed to mobilise private investment to key economic sectors.

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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: Stock Exchanges – An Engine for Sustainable Development

The modern stock exchange is a hybrid institution: listing venue, market steward, investment and regulatory liaison, product and service creator, and so on. To further complicate matters, many stock exchanges are now public companies themselves, listed on their own markets

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Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank: Empowering Communities

Worldwide, around 500 million people live in “fragile situations,” mostly caused by armed conflict. Climate change threatens to add another hundred million or so people to that tally by 2030 – just thirteen years from now. And of the 800

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Kenneth Rogoff: Trump’s 3% Growth for the 1%

US President Donald Trump has boasted that his policies will produce sustained 3-4% growth for many years to come. His prediction flies in the face of the judgment of many professional forecasters, including those on Wall Street and at the

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Otaviano Canuto, World Bank: The Metamorphosis of Financial Globalisation

After a strong rising tide starting in the 1990s, financial globalisation seems to have reached a plateau since the global financial crisis. However, that apparent stability has taken place along a deep reshaping of cross-border financial flows, featuring de-banking and

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Robert J Shiller: Understanding Today’s Stagnation

Ever since the Great Recession of 2007-2009, the world’s major central banks have kept short-term interest rates at near-zero levels. In the United States, even after the Federal Reserve’s recent increases, short-term rates remain below 1%, and long-term interest rates

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