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Asia Pacific Economics

If Abenomics is to succeed

The Bank of Japan’s quantitative easing program cannot by itself guarantee success of Abenomics. So, what additional developments should we look out for? It is obvious to anyone who pays

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

The new Ivorian economic miracle, finally?

The Ivorian authorities are claiming that a new Ivorian miracle is happening now, that the train is on its way and should not be missed by anyone who wants to

Economics Europe

Cyprus: Now the real work begins

 “Last month Cyprus agreed to a € 10bn bailout from the IMF and ECM, which has relieved considerable short-term stress on the national banking system, as well as calming investor fears

Economics South and Central Asia

Saving Afghanistan’s Economy: A daunting challenge

With NATO troops scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, questions remain on whether the country can support itself economically.  The fledgling democracy will still receive large aid

Asia Pacific Economics

Reasons a currency war could still be on the horizon

In February, G20 finance ministers and central bankers announced they would avoid currency devaluations and similar beggar-thy-neighbor policies.  On the surface this might lead one to think that governments would

Economics North America

Why the U.S economy may surprise in the medium term

With interest rates at record lows and zero political appetite for more fiscal stimulus, it is difficult to find feasible steps the Obama Administration can pursue to inflate the American

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Egypt’s economic crisis may finally be coming to a head

Ever since the Arab Spring the Egyptian economy has been on shaky footing. However, it seems that things may now be coming to a head and a true economic crisis

Asia Pacific Economics

South Korea’s economy: Why the North won’t sink it

The South Korean economy has been sputtering of late.  Economic growth slowed to 2% in 2012, falling from a more robust 3.7% in the previous year.  Important sectors such as