Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

Regional Risks for Doing Business 2018

The World Economic Forum has been publishing The Global Risks Report since 2006, highlighting each year the vulnerability of our increasingly networked and interconnected world to volatility and disruption. The relevance of the risk perspective has only increased with time. Globally, we have been living through a period of unprecedented improvements in living standards, but …
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Inflation in Emerging and Developing Economies: Evolution, Drivers, and Policies

The World Bank has just launched the report “Inflation in Emerging and Developing Economies: Evolution, Drivers, and Policies.” The report says that the adverse effects of high inflation can fall disproportionately on the poor, who hold most of their assets in cash and rely heavily on wage income, welfare benefits, and pensions. The research’s key …
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Doing Business 2019

The World Bank has just published “Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform”. “Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform” is the 16th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can …
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ERM Report 2018: Impact of Restructuring on Working Conditions

Using data from the sixth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), carried out in 2015, the ERM report 2018 examines how workplace factors may influence the relationship between restructuring (with job losses) and the outcomes for employees. It also reviews policy and academic research on good practice in restructuring. The findings are then distilled into a …
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Employment Effects of Innovation Support

Government-backed initiatives to support innovation in business are widespread across the EU. These support measures, if designed and implemented correctly, have the potential to also create jobs – better-quality jobs – to upskill the labour force, to improve job quality and to boost the employment of disadvantaged groups. However, this potential is often not recognised …
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The Global Competitiveness Report 2018

The World Economic Forum has launched “The Global Competitiveness Report 2018”. In the midst of rapid technological change, political polarization and a fragile economic recovery, it is critical that we define, assess and implement new pathways to growth and prosperity. The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history …
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IMF World Economic Outlook – October 2018 Update

The IMF has recently released the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), “Challenges to Steady Growth.” The report projects that global growth will remain steady over this year and next, at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent. This growth exceeds that achieved in any of the years between 2012 and 2016, and it occurs as many …
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World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work

The World Bank has just launched the World Development Report 2019, entitled “The Changing Nature of Work.” The report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the …
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Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 to: William D. Nordhaus (Yale University, New Haven, USA) “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis” and Paul M. Romer (NYU Stern School of Business, New York, USA) “for integrating technological …
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Women in Management: Underrepresented and Overstretched?

Despite years of gender equality legislation, men outnumber women in management positions by two to one. While structural barriers continue to impede women’s career advancement, women themselves may be deterred from becoming managers if they perceive that it would have a negative impact on their working and personal lives. What is the experience of women …
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