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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Learning from Malaria by Bjørn Lomborg

BERLIN – It is one of the best untold stories in the annals of development: great strides have been made against malaria, a disease that was once endemic across the world and, more recently, has remained the scourge of developing countries. Over the last...

The Right to Agricultural Technology by Henry I. Miller

STANFORD – In the 1960s, when biologist Paul Ehrlich was predicting mass starvation due to rapid population growth, plant breeder Norman Borlaug was developing the new crops and approaches to agriculture that would become mainstays of the Green Revolution. Those advances, along with other...

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable? by Robert J. Shiller

NEW HAVEN – Inequality is usually measured by comparing incomes across households within a country. But there is also a different kind of inequality: in the affordability of homes across cities. The impact of this form of inequality is no less worrying. In many of...

Three years on from the global oil crash by Simon Flowers

It’s three years since the oil super cycle ended – happy anniversary! Brent entered July 2014 at over US$110. By the end of the month, crude was sinking, as OPEC began its journey towards a strategy of market determined price. 2017 is set to...

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and a fatal attraction

After Flynn’s resignation, smiles are turning to scowls in Moscow By Philip Stephens Donald Trump imagined he could do as he pleased in the White House. It fell to the ninth federal circuit court in Seattle to draw the limits of the president’s authority at home...

Can the Euro Be Saved? by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Across the eurozone, political leaders are entering a state of paralysis: citizens want to remain in the EU, but they also want an end to austerity and the return of prosperity. So long as Germany tells them they can’t have both, there can be...

Managing Big Data’s Big Risks by Ernest Davis

NEW YORK – In the last 15 years, we have witnessed an explosion in the amount of digital data available – from the Internet, social media, scientific equipment, smart phones, surveillance cameras, and many other sources – and in the computer technologies used to...

Want Educated Immigrants? Let In More Africans By Justin Fox

Highly skilled? Check. Hardworking? Check. English-speaking? Check. Ready to integrate? Check. The uproar over White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comments about illegal immigration in an interview with National Public Radio last week still hasn’t entirely died down. I haven’t found the resulting discussion...

Capitalizing on Africa’s Youth Dividend by Kim Kerr

TORONTO – When South African university students took to the streets in 2016 as part of the “Fees Must Fall” protest movement, the “decolonization of the curriculum” was among the movement’s chief concerns. It was a pivotal moment in South Africa’s history, as young...

The Religion of Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.