The UN population division says the world will reach 7 billion on 31 October 2011:
Demography: A tale of three islands, The Economist, 22 Oct 2011
The dangers of China’s one-child policy:
China’s population: Only and lonely, The Economist, 21 July 2011
A general overview of demographic trends in emerging economies:
Working-age population, The Economist, 21 July 2011.
Samsung looks for new skills, sales channels and customers…
Samsung: The next big bet, The Economist, 1 Oct 2011
Emerging economies now have greater heft on many measures than developed ones…
Economics focus: Why the tail wags the dog, The Economist, 6 August 2011
However, as the Economist’s September 2011 special report on the World Economy explains, the going is likely to get tougher… Continue reading Emerging Economies
The 10th edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard analyses the major trends in knowledge and innovation in today’s global economy. With over 180 indicators it presents a policy-oriented review of science, technology, innovation and industrial performance in OECD and major non-OECD countries (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, People’s Republic of China and South Africa).
Is a business school’s purpose to preach ethics, or to furnish students with the skills to become effective managers?
School of the dark arts, Economist.com, 20 Sep 2011
“In the deepest and most far reaching analysis of the UK tax system in more than 30 years, the Mirrlees Review puts the case for radical tax reform. It shows how the current system is inefficient, overly complex and frequently unfair. And it sets out a range of proposals designed to increase output and welfare. Continue reading Mirrlees Tax Review
Will Hutton on getting the best out of capitalism and the State when it comes to boosting technological progress…
We are on the verge of a new age of invention, The Times, 8 Sep 2011
Debt-challenged UK local authorities are still struggling to find enough money to fix potholes in their local roads. But if you thought that was a problem, spare a thought for China….
Cracks widen in Beijing’s grand vision for the future, The Times, 30 August 2011
Once a source of economic dynamism, Latin American megacities risk becoming a drag on growth. Congestion, housing shortages, lawlessness, pollution and a lack of urban planning are contributing to a sharp slowdown in productivity in many LatAm economies, undermining the potential to enjoy economies of scale.
“Productivity in Latin America: City limits”, The Economist, 13 August 2011
“Building globally competitive cities: The Key to Latin American Growth”, McKinsey Global Institute, 2011
In July the World Bank issued its annual list of countries by income category: rich, middle, poor. Several African countries have graduated from poor to middle-income status. Yet some 15 of the 56 countries on the bank’s lower-middle income list (ie, over a quarter) also appear on the list of fragile and failed states maintained by the OECD, a rich-country club. They range from Côte d’Ivoire to Yemen; the most important of them are Pakistan and Nigeria. State failure, it appears, does not necessarily go hand in hand with other human woes, such as poverty.
Wealth, poverty and fragile states: MIFFed by misrule, The Economist, 21 July 2011
Conflict and fragility, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC) webpage (also see other links on governance, gender equality, poverty reduction, aid effectiveness and the environment)
New sources of aid: Charity begins abroad”, The Economist, 13 August 2011 (between 1951 and 1992 India received about $55 billion in foreign aid, making it the largest recipient in history. Now it seems on the verge of setting up its own aid-giving body. India’s switch from the world’s biggest recipient to donor is part of a wider change shaking up foreign aid.)