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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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Americana: a 400-year history of American capitalism by Bhu Srinivasan

Overview: From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things — …
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Machine, platform, crowd: harnessing our digital future by Andrew McAfee

Overview: From the authors of the best-selling The Second Machine Age, a leader’s guide to success in a rapidly changing economy. We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more …
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Latin American Economic Outlook 2016

The OECD jointly with ECLAC and CAF has published the “Latin American Economic Outlook 2016: Towards a new partnership with China.” This year’s edition analyses in depth the economic linkages between China’s current and future transformation and Latin America’s development model. It proposes a forward-looking framework to discuss trends in this relationship, in the context …
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Transforming Economies

ILO-UNCTAD has just published the book “Transforming Economies: Making industrial policy work for growth, jobs and development”. The study provides a deeper understanding of the process of structural and technological change, and distills lessons and principles for the design of policies that effectively create sustained and inclusive growth and quality jobs. This was based partly …
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The shifts and the shocks : what we’ve learned — and have still to learn — from the financial crisis by Martin Wolf.

Overview: From the chief economic commentator for the Financial Times, a brilliant tour d’horizon of the new global economy and its trajectory There have been many books that have sought to explain the causes and courses of the financial and economic crisis which began in 2007–8. The Shifts and the Shocks is not another detailed …
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The second machine age: work, progress, and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson.

Overview: A New York Times Bestseller A revolution is under way. In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply …
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Trade and Development Report 2013

The UNCTAD has just published “Trade and Development Report 2013: Adjusting to the Changing Dynamics of the World Economy.” According to the study the world economy is experiencing a structural shift, and countries must introduce fundamental changes in their growth strategies in order to adjust to it. In particular, developing and transition economies that have …
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Economic Development in Africa Report 2013

The UNCTAD has just released the Economic Development in Africa Report 2013, subtitled “Intra-African Trade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism”. According to the study, African governments are embarked on a major campaign to reduce trade barriers between the continent’s countries, but while doing this, they had better take vigorous measures to boost their private sectors, or …
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Building an Innovation System for Knowledge City

RAND Corporation has just published the report, “An Outline of Strategies for Building an Innovation System for Knowledge City”. China’s Guangzhou Development District (GDD) will be the site of the new innovation cluster known as Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City. Jointly developed by GDD and Singbridge of Singapore, Knowledge City will be an environmentally and technologically …
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