Blog posts



How public deliberation helps economic stability

3 minute read


Partisan gridlock, union protests, contentious town hall meetings and seemingly fruitless formal and informal political debates about proposed economic policies frustrate many and raise questions about our ability to govern. Yet such events are endemic to the policy-making process in democracies. As unproductive and inefficient as this policy-making process might appear, such deliberations are the very mechanisms which ensure that countries maintain moderate and stable patterns of economic performance.

Water is getting scarcer. Is foreign investment making the problem worse?

5 minute read


The Trump administration earlier this month announced that the Environmental Protection Agency would unwind clean water protection that has been in place for decades. This draws renewed attention to the importance of environmental regulations in protecting access to clean water, not only in the United States, but also around the world.

India just retaliated with new tariffs on U.S.goods. Here’s why developing economies like tariffs.

6 minute read


In a week that saw President Trump tweet against a wide range of companies and countries, India got its own shout-out for high tariffs. India joined the European Union and China to push back against U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, and notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week that it would impose higher import tariffs on 30 U.S. goods, including almonds, shrimp and chocolates.