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Otaviano Canuto

Otaviano Canuto

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Otaviano Canuto is a former vice president and executive director of the World Bank, executive director of the International Monetary Fund, vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, and vice minister of finance of Brazil. He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South.

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  1. Global Leadership for Latin America and the Caribbean
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    Global Leadership for Latin America and the Caribbean

    Sep 12, 2023 Pepe Zhang & Otaviano Canuto show how the region has become essential to addressing challenges like food security and climate change.

  2. Understanding Brazil’s Insurrection
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    Understanding Brazil’s Insurrection

    Jan 11, 2023 Thiago de Aragão & Otaviano Canuto reflect on the conditions leading up to January 8 and its implications for the future of the country's democracy.

  3. How to Finance Green Infrastructure
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    How to Finance Green Infrastructure

    Oct 17, 2022 Karim El Aynaoui & Otaviano Canuto propose ways to channel private savings to critical investment projects in emerging and developing economies.

  4. Geopoliticized Industrial Policy Won't Work
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    Geopoliticized Industrial Policy Won't Work

    Feb 24, 2022 Otaviano Canuto, et al. show why attending to economic fundamentals should take precedence when it comes to reshoring or nearshoring.

  5. Building an Inclusive Recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean
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    Building an Inclusive Recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Oct 14, 2021 Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, et al. argue that addressing the vulnerability of the poor is critical for the region's long-term growth.

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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.
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    How Europe Can Get the Green Deal Done

    Simone Tagliapietra proposes EU-level measures that would help offset the negative distributional effects of climate policy.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.

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