In a February 4 commentary, Peterson Institute economists Barbara Kotschwar and Jeffrey J. Schott discussed options for how the U.S. can help Egypt’s economy grow.
Also on February 4, the International Monetary Fund published a working paper which argued that the current methods of classifying countries by their level of development is arbitrary and ad hoc. It suggests a precise, data-driven means of classification, which is important for analytical purposes and aid policies.
And on February 4, the Treasury Department released its semi-annual report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies.
In a February 3 commentary, Centre for European Policy Studies Daniel Gros warned that creating European bonds is no panacea for the debt problems of a few European countries.
Also on February 3, Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom and others posted a commentary on the impact of imports from China on European economies. They find that competition from China has stimulated a significant amount of technical change in Europe.
On January 31, 250 economists sent a letter to senior administration officials urging that they reconsider the U.S.’s traditional opposition to capital controls in developing countries.
On January 12, the Congressional Research Service published a report on U.S.-China relations.
On January 7, the CRS published a report on U.S.-China trade issues.
On January 5, Harvard economist Jeffrey Frankel posted a working paper surveying monetary policy in emerging markets.
On December 17, the CRS published a report on U.S. participation in multilateral development banks such as the World Bank.
I last posted items on this topic on January 31.
Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column at The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).