An Addicted Nation: How can data-driven policies transform the U.S. opioid epidemic?

On the 26th of August, for its part in driving Oklahoma’s spiralling opioid-epidemic, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $572 million in a court-ruling against the pharma-conglomerate. The case follows similar trials against several major pharmaceutical-firms accused of aggressively marketing opioids as low-risk solutions whilst undermining their high potential for addiction, including Teva Pharmaceuticals and OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, which has offered up to $12 billion to settle more than 2, 000 lawsuits across 48 US states. Continue reading “An Addicted Nation: How can data-driven policies transform the U.S. opioid epidemic?”

The Roar of the Asian Economy: If Asia is the economic engine of the future, who drives the car?

In a two-part series, the Warwick Economics Summit explores how changing consumption, trade and business patterns are set to reshape the global economy, and how the might of the Asian consumer is pulling the centre of economic gravity towards them.

In the second part of the series, we wonder if the political power will shift as well, most notably the tango of values between the United States and China. It might be the case that the economic engine of the world is the East, but the political driver may very well be the West. 

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WES Exclusive: The Center for China and Globalisation on US Protectionism and China’s faltering growth

Donald Trump has triumphantly claimed his tariffs are the primary cause for China’s slowest GDP growth in three decades. Unconvinced, we asked the Center for China and Globalisation for their views.

China’s softening economy came at the back of a tumultuous trade war with Washington, where its exports suffered heavily due to tariffs from the US. In turn, this affected the GDP numbers for China which recorded a year-on-year growth of 6.2 percent, its lowest since records began. Impulsive as ever, President Trump immediately tweeted that China’s ailing GDP is a result of the effectiveness of the US’s tariffs.

But many are unconvinced the dip in China’s economic numbers can be largely credited to President Trump’s trade war. For that, the Warwick Economics Summit reached out to the Center for China and Globalisation (CCG), a leading Chinese non-governmental think-tank based in Beijing, for their thoughts on the factors that led to China’s faltering performance.

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The End of Fiscal Conservatism? The largest shift in economic policymaking in a generation

A politician seen not advocating for fiscal conservatism is to flirt dangerously close with the label of being fiscally irresponsible. For decades now, policymakers in the US kept a tight rein on public finances to ensure the public debt ratio stays low, while the central bank routinely seeks to contain economic booms and busts. Exercising fiscal discipline has always been synonymous with good governance, or so we thought.

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WES Exclusive: Prof. Obstfeld on US-China Relations, Greece’s Economy and more

Wise people tend to measure words and carefully address every aspect of the topic they are discussing, avoiding oversimplification and rushed conclusions. Having served as the Chief Economist at the IMF and Chief Macroeconomist in Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, Professor Maurice Obstfeld makes no exception to this principle. Continue reading “WES Exclusive: Prof. Obstfeld on US-China Relations, Greece’s Economy and more”

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