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Yuen Yuen Ang

Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang, Professor of Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, 2016) and China’s Gilded Age (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

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  1. The Moral of the China Story
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    The Moral of the China Story

    Dec 11, 2023 Yuen Yuen Ang explains why the world’s second-largest economy has gone from being a model to a warning in just six years.

  2. The False Choice Between Neoliberalism and Interventionism
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    The False Choice Between Neoliberalism and Interventionism

    Apr 18, 2023 Yuen Yuen Ang calls on policymakers to think more creatively about how to accelerate economic development.

  3. Is China Back?
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    Is China Back?

    Jan 17, 2023 Yuen Yuen Ang thinks the success of post-COVID economic reopening will prove short-lived without political reforms.

  4. Can Xi End China's Gilded Age?
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    Can Xi End China's Gilded Age?

    Sep 21, 2021 Yuen Yuen Ang draws parallels between today’s China and America during its Gilded Age of wealth and corruption.

  5. An Interview with Yuen Yuen Ang
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    An Interview with Yuen Yuen Ang

    Mar 9, 2021 Yuen Yuen Ang shows how the US can become a more formidable competitor to China, warns against false dichotomies in US-China relations, and proposes a more nuanced approach to measuring corruption.

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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.

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