Is the global investment boom turning to bust?

Almost wherever you look, companies seem to be scaling back their ambitions. Meta, the owner of Facebook, recently said that it would invest less in 2023 than previously promised. Disney is slimming its capex plans for this year by a tenth, meaning punier investment in its theme parks. Calavo Growers, a huge producer of avocados […]

Canada’s Budget Officer Admits the Truth About Global Warming’s Impact

  The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) recently released a report on the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on Canadian GDP growth over the next 80 years. I’ve written previously about the recent economics literature investigating the link (or lack thereof) between global warming and economic growth. It’s a fascinating topic and I’ve been actively working […]

How China’s shifting growth picture could hit global markets

A shopping mall in Qingzhou, Shandong province, broadcasts the opening ceremony of China’s National People’s Congress on Sunday, March 5, 2023. Future Publishing | Future Publishing | Getty Images China’s economy will be forced to recalibrate because of a “fractured” global order, and the new drivers of growth will “disappoint” global markets, according to David […]

OECD says global economic outlook ‘slightly better’ for 2023

People shop near prices displayed in a supermarket on February 13, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.  Mario Tama | Getty Images News | Getty Images OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann said the global economic outlook is “slightly brighter” this year but inflation challenges remain. “The outlook for the world is slightly brighter at the beginning of […]

China is paralysing global debt-forgiveness efforts

Given that his country is on the brink, Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Pakistan’s economy minister, is strangely serene. In the week to January 20th, his government burned through a quarter of its dollar reserves, leaving $3.5bn to cover loan repayments and imports that will probably come to more than twice that in the first quarter of […]

IMF hikes global growth forecast as inflation cools

The IMF has revised its global economic outlook upwards. Norberto Duarte | Afp | Getty Images The International Monetary Fund on Monday revised upward its global growth projections for the year, but warned that higher interest rates and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would likely still weigh on activity. In its latest economic update, the IMF […]

Will a global circular economy help or hurt Africa?

In Davos, many of the assembling elites had circular economy on their mind and lips, and the program was replete with its implications. “Circular economy” is a concept described by its supporters as the biggest economic opportunity since the industrial revolution. They peg its scale at $1 trillion by 2025 and $4.5 trillion by 2030. […]

Choosing to Remain in the Global Market Economy

In my recently published paper, “Should Trade’s ‘Losers’ Be Compensated?: An Exploration of the Welfare Economics of the Losses and Costs of Economic Change” (Journal of Law, Economics and Policy, 2022) I argue that the risk of job loss for each worker in an exchange economy such as ours is the price that he or […]

Euro regains ground against dollar as global economic outlook improves

The euro has bounced back since falling below parity with the US dollar last September, aided by cooling energy prices, receding fears of a deep recession later this year and an increasingly hawkish European Central Bank. Up about 13 per cent over the past three and a half months, the euro’s rise to its current […]