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Shang-Jin Wei

Shang-Jin Wei

Writing for PS since 2015
61 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Shang-Jin Wei, a former chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, is Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 

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  1. Is India’s Economy Overhyped?
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    Is India’s Economy Overhyped?

    Apr 17, 2024 Shang-Jin Wei argues that the country’s rapid development, while undeniable, conceals deeper structural problems.

  2. The Right Response to China’s Electric-Vehicle Subsidies
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    The Right Response to China’s Electric-Vehicle Subsidies

    Apr 5, 2024 Gernot Wagner & Shang-Jin Wei explains why the United States and the European Union are considering tariffs – and why that’s a bad idea.

  3. How Can the World’s Growth Engine Do Better?
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    How Can the World’s Growth Engine Do Better?

    Jan 5, 2024 Shang-Jin Wei recommends a three-step plan to bolster business confidence and restore China's lost momentum.

  4. Biden Missed an Opportunity to Help America – and Himself
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    Biden Missed an Opportunity to Help America – and Himself

    Nov 23, 2023 Shang-Jin Wei touts the economic benefits – not least for US voters – of rolling back trade tariffs on Chinese imports.

  5. Measuring Corruption in China
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    Measuring Corruption in China

    Sep 21, 2023 Yongheng Deng & Shang-Jin Wei outline a novel approach to assessing the extent and scope of the country's graft problem.

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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.
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    Who’s Afraid of Colonization?

    Frederico Menino thinks the concept can be repurposed to help overcome the deficiencies of current social advocacy.
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    Europe Needs Chinese Investment

    Dalia Marin urges European policymakers to focus on boosting FDI flows from technologically advanced economies.
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    Why Macron Is Risking an Election

    Zaki Laïdi points out that the French president has little to lose by dissolving parliament after two years of paralysis.
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    The Economic Case for Seizing Russia’s Frozen Assets to Support Ukraine

    Timothy Ash rebuts the main arguments against confiscating Russian reserves to fund Ukraine’s defense.

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