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Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian

Writing for PS since 2021
21 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Nancy Qian, Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is a co-director of Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab and the Founding Director of China Econ Lab.

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  1. Post-War Reconstruction Is a Good Investment
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    Post-War Reconstruction Is a Good Investment

    Nov 21, 2022 Nancy Qian considers the main lessons that the Marshall Plan offers for Ukraine's eventual recovery.

  2. How Xi Jinping Can Strengthen the Chinese Economy
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    How Xi Jinping Can Strengthen the Chinese Economy

    Oct 10, 2022 Nancy Qian offers an objective assessment of the soon-to-be third-term president’s first decade in power.

  3. China’s Future Will Reflect Russia’s
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    China’s Future Will Reflect Russia’s

    Sep 15, 2022 Nancy Qian highlights how China has often followed in the footsteps of its northern neighbor, for better or worse.

  4. The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine
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    The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine

    Aug 19, 2022 Nancy Qian thinks the headlines attributing shortages to Russia’s war are ignoring a raft of other factors.

  5. China’s Great Wall of Public-Health Distrust
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    China’s Great Wall of Public-Health Distrust

    Jun 10, 2022 Nancy Qian says the government’s opaque approach to COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment has backfired.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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