Teaching Macroeconomics to Undergraduates in The Post-Crisis Era

How Should Macroeconomics Be Taught to Undergraduates in The Post-Crisis Era? A Concrete Proposal by Wendy Carlin, Voxeu.org Is economic teaching keeping up with the changing economy? This column presents a new way of teaching economics in light of the continuing crises. It argues that if we are to create a better-informed public debate we …

Adding Reverse Mortgages to Retirement Portfolios

by Ricardo Cornejo, GEI Associate Reverse mortgages have proved to be the ultimate safety net for homeowner senior citizens as they walk into retirement without much cash into their pockets. Reverse mortgages provide monthly payments, a line of credit or a lump sum payment to the homeowner according to the value of their home at a …

Is There Increasing Regional Inequality in China?

by John Gibson and Chao Li, Voxeu A growing literature uses sub-national data from China to measure trends in regional inequality and to test models of economic growth and convergence. Most published studies use provincial-level data although finer spatial scales, such as prefectures (Roberts et al. 2012) and counties (Banerjee et al. 2012), are starting …

Dealing with Territorial Claims in a Thawing Arctic

by Ricardo Cornejo, GEI Associate Santa Claus’s days of reigning over a sovereign and independent North Pole are ceasing to exist as temperatures in the Arctic Circle warm up and the natural resource, land grab by surrounding countries nears. Danish explorers set sail once again on the quest of scientific and geological evidence to back …

Global Warming Is Here, Getting Worse – What Should We Do?

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance Even some skeptics agree: global warming, caused primarily by CO2 emissions, is here and will get worse. Are the energy options we have significant enough to make any meaningful difference in the destruction and death we will have to endure? In what follows, I look at the facts.