The (GDP) Gap

With the U.S. #1 and China #2, people are starting to wonder when the U.S./China GDP gap will disappear. Here, at the Economist, you can create your own prediction. Just input assumptions about GDP gr…

"Deficit Bias"

If anyone asks you about the “fiscal woes” facing the U.S., Japan and the EU, just say, “deficit bias.” The 13th Geneva Report on the World Economy explains “deficit bias…

The Missing Sensor

According to one estimate, worldwide auto production could slide by 30% because Hitachi Automotive’s Sawa Ibaraki Prefecture plant was debilitated by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. Hitach…

Japan's Sovereign Debt

Hoping to sell more Japanese government bonds (JGBs), in a rather novel advertising campaign last June, the Japanese finance ministry said that, “Women have a thing for men who own JGBs.” …

The World's Biggest Economies

The Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said, “It doesn’t matter what color a cat is as long as it catches mice.” Explained in the Teaching Company’s “Why Economies Rise or Fall…

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