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Jobs for Greeks

With Syriza in the driver’s seat, Greece now has some hope for the end to austerity imposed by Germany and the Troika. Here’s a good short piece by C. J. Polychroniou, a research associate and policy fellow at the Levy Economics Institute. As he explains, what Syriza wants is no more—and no less—radical than what [...]

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The Kapali Carsi

The deal that may make or break the eurozone

It is no secret that the top priority of the new Greek government will be to negotiate a reduction in the country’s debt – as well as to broker softer terms on the austerity conditions forced by its creditors. Until as recently as the wee hours of Thursday, I thought that this would be unethical. Here is the [...]

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European deflation

The threat of a “real” demand-driven deflationary spiral in Europe has rattled markets. But is European deflation all bad or possibly benign?

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Finance & Markets

The Battle Going on in the Financial Markets Right Now

Recent economic data on wages, retail sales, and oil and other trade prices have severely undermined the blind confidence of equity markets that prevailed in 2014, and present market conditions are not likely to reverse themselves soon. 2014 was the battle of the cyclicalists vs. the secularists, in both markets and economic data, and that [...]

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We have a plausible future where profits, information and political power accrue to a small group of technology-driven oligopolies, while the rest are reduced to commoditized micro-entrepreneurship (techno-serf) roles.

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PHåvard Halland is a natural resource economist at the World Bank, where he leads research and policy agendas in the fields of resource-backed infrastructure finance, sovereign wealth fund policy, extractive industries revenue management, and public financial management for the extractive industries sector. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a delegate and program manager for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Colombia. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge.