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Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian

Writing for PS since 2021
29 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Nancy Qian, Professor of Economics at Northwestern University, is Co-Director of Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab and Founding Director of China Econ Lab.

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  1. Why Are So Many Young Chinese Depressed?
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    Why Are So Many Young Chinese Depressed?

    Dec 20, 2023 Nancy Qian identifies the main structural factors driving widespread youth unemployment and loneliness.

  2. Zero-COVID’s Long Tail
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    Zero-COVID’s Long Tail

    Nov 17, 2023 Nancy Qian considers the lasting economic and social effects of China’s three years of draconian lockdowns.

  3. Is Chinese Youth Unemployment As Bad As It Looks?
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    Is Chinese Youth Unemployment As Bad As It Looks?

    Sep 25, 2023 Nancy Qian argues that the rise in joblessness among young people does not spell economic apocalypse for China.

  4. Youth Unemployment and China’s Economic Future
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    Youth Unemployment and China’s Economic Future

    Jul 18, 2023 Nancy Qian sees the contraction of high-paying, high-skilled jobs for recent graduates as an ominous sign.

  5. China’s Youth Unemployment Problem
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    China’s Youth Unemployment Problem

    May 25, 2023 Nancy Qian warns that diminishing opportunities for new graduates will have profound long-run macroeconomic implications.

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    When Women Win, the World Wins

    Indermit Gill & Tea Trumbic share new findings suggesting that some of the progress made toward gender equality has been overestimated.
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    The Case for a European Public-Goods Fund

    Age Bakker, et al. propose a new financing tool to support green and digital investments across the European Union.
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    What Does Trump Mean for the Climate?

    Gernot Wagner doubts that a change of power in the United States would derail the long-term trends that really matter.
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    What’s Behind the US Stock-Market Disconnect?

    Kenneth Rogoff

    Buoyed by the artificial-intelligence boom, the US stock market is breaking records with no apparent end in sight. But given the significant challenges and uncertainties facing the American economy regardless of who occupies the White House in 2025, there is little reason to believe that the current rally can last.

    warns that investors are underestimating the severity of the threat to American democracy.
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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.

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