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Global financial flows, aid and development

by Eurodad

30 March 2013

This paper - written by Eurodad for CONCORD’s Aidwatch coalition - sets out all the financial resources potentially available for development. It examines their key characteristics and discusses their poverty and sustainable development impacts, as well as the implications for aid.


Cyprus - whose crisis?

by Petros Kosmas

29 March 2013

Cyprus’s banking sector did not grow so recklessly and to an unsustainable size in order to best serve Cypriots’s social and economic needs.


Why We Need a Financial Speculation Tax

by Mark Weisbrot

18 March 2013

Unfortunately, the lavishly financed debt-scare crowd has the upper hand for now and is threatening to cut vital programs such as Social Security and Medicare. For that reason, and because in the long run our government will need more revenue for long-underfunded spending such as education and infrastructure, it is worth considering progressive measures to increase federal revenue.


Why Chavez’s legacy will live on

by Martin Khor

15 March 2013

The death of Hugo Chavez last week sparked an outpouring of grief in Venezuela and South America, but his legacy will live on in his policies and South-South initiatives.


Illicit flows undermine human rights, says UN expert

by Kanaga Raja

15 March 2013

The UN Human Rights Council, Independent Expert on foreign debt Mr Cephas Lumina said that it is estimated that, on average, developing countries lost between US$783 billion and US$1,138 billion in illicit financial outflows in 2010


Key Issues in the Organization of and Government Intervention in Finance in Developing Countries: Lessons from Recent Experience

by Ylmaz Akyuz

2 February 2013

A fundamental question raised by recurrent fi-nancial crises in mature and emerging econo-mies is how to ensure that the financial markets and institutions serve growth and development rather than being a constant source of instability and disrup-tion in pursuit of self-interest. This is not only a ques-tion of how best to regulate the existing institutions and markets, but also how to restructure and organ-ize them.


More Room for Debate on Venezuela

by Mark Weisbrot

9 January 2013

Last week the New York Times did something it has never done before - in its “Room for Debate” section it offered differing views on Venezuela. In the 14 years since Hugo Chávez was elected president of Venezuela, the Times has offered many op-eds and editorials against Venezuela - including its own editorial board piece supporting the 2002 military coup (which they later backpedaled from without apology). But they have never seen fit to publish even a single op-ed that contrasted with their editorial line (or reporting, for that matter) on this oil-rich country.


How did economic forecasts overestimate the recovery?

by Robert Skidelsky

2 January 2013

"Why did no one see the crisis coming?" Queen Elizabeth II asked economists during a visit to the London School of Economics at the end of 2008. Four years later, the repeated failure of economic forecasters to predict the depth and duration of the slump would have elicited a similar question from the Queen: why the overestimate of recovery?
Consider the facts. In its 2011 forecast, the International Monetary Fund predicted that the European economy would grow by 2.1% in 2012. In fact, it (...)


Low wages and unemployment in Europe, 2010

by OID

1 January 2013

Low wages and unemployment in Europe, 2010.
Eurostat has just released information about low-wage earners in Europe, 2010. The main finding was that one out of six employees in the EU area got a low-wage. We are examining this new data in threefold steps: 1) low-wage thresholds for each Euro’s country in 2010, 2) low-wage earners by sex, and 3) relationship between the low-wage threshold and unemployment.
1) In figure 1 can be seen that low-wage threshold is not homogenous for all Euro (...)


New Blow to Banking System

by Martin Khor

31 July 2012

The still-developing LIBOR scandal is the latest and biggest blow to the credibility of big banks and their regulators, and should catalyse broad-ranging reforms to the financial system.


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