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The Cost of Gender Equality
By admin June 20, 2018

By 2025, women could add an additional 26%, to the global annual GDP if they participated in the economy at the same level as men, as reported by McKinsey Global Institute. According to the UNDP, gender disparity is seen in every country and many women face unequal treatment at their workplace as compared to men.

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Is Sub-Saharan Africa Making Progress Toward SDG 7?
By admin June 19, 2018

  In 2014, approximately 62.5 percent of the 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity resided in Sub-Sahara Africa. This represented 6 out of 10 people or about 609 million people; more than any other region of the world.  Nearly 80% of those lacking access to electricity across sub-Saharan Africa live in rural communities.

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TBG’s Summer 2018 Internship Team
By admin June 18, 2018

TBG is excited to introduce you to our Summer 2018 Internship Team. This accomplished group of graduate students will be assisting TBG on our ongoing projects, business development, and research on various development challenges and initiatives. Learn more about our each intern below. Eline Tangen Andresen Eline, pronounced Alina, is a graduate student at the

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Carbon is rising, What now?
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BP released its annual Statistical Review of World Energy last week, revealing good news as well as some surprising trend reversals. After 3 years of stagnation, carbon emissions went up by 1.6 percent in 2017. This was driven, in part, by an increase in coal consumption for the first time since 2013. Generally, global GDP

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Japan: How Womenomics Works?
By admin May 11, 2018

Back in 2012, the Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced “three arrows of economics,” one of which was Womenomics. The word Womenomics was created to show the need for Prime Minister Abe to encourage more women to join the labor market and enlarge the influence of women in the economy.  Five years later, it is necessary

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What is Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Why it is still important for the U.S.?
By admin May 7, 2018

Source: http://choose-forex.com/ Although the Trump Administration withdrew from TPP more than one year ago, it has always been a heated topic that has often been brought back to the table. In April, 2018, Trump signaled the United States might be willing to rejoin the TPP.   The TPP is a trade agreement negotiated by the Obama

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Rana Plaza Disaster Reflection
By admin April 26, 2018

  On the morning of April 24, 2013, workers in the Rana Plaza area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, were trapped as the rumbling vibration of the building’s generators, turned on after a power cut, brought the building tumbling down. Cracks in the foundation of the building had started to show the day before, but according to

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Mexico and EU Upgrade Their Trade Agreement
By admin April 23, 2018

  picture source: http://www.mexiconewsnetwork.com/news/mexico-new-eu-trade-deal/ Mexico and the European Union reached an agreement on April 21st, 2018to escalate the terms of their Free Trade Agreement, which was originally signed nearly two decades ago. As the United States decides to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and impose high tariffs on imported steel and aluminum

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Hainan: The New Section of China’s Reform and Opening Up
By admin April 20, 2018

From May 1, 2018, citizens from 59 countries around the world can visit Hainan, the second largest island in China, without having a visa for as long as 30 days. This policy reflects the Chinese Government’s April 14, 2017 guideline to deepen reform, open up, and encourage the Hainan Province to be the “free trade

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Credit Reporting When There’s No Credit Footprint
By admin April 19, 2018

  Evidence shows that expanding access to credit can produce significant benefits for borrowers—from job retention to higher incomes, according to the Economic Growth Center. Recent years have seen an unprecedented growth in access to formal credit for individuals at the base of the pyramid. In some countries, this rapid growth has outpaced the financial

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A Sovereign Country or a World Battlefield?
By admin April 16, 2018

The Damascus sky lights up with surface-to-air missiles as a U.S.-led attack targeted different parts of the Syrian capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Hassan Ammar / AP On April 14th, Trump wrote on Twitter: “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of

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Reverse Takeover: How Fraudulent Chinese Companies are Deceiving U.S. Investors
By admin April 14, 2018

Recently, a documentary film called The China Hustle thoroughly described how some Chinese companies deceived U.S investors through Reverse Takeover. Meanwhile, Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, claimed the title of the largest global IPO ever, surpassing the Agricultural Bank of China’s IPO offer by almost 3 billion dollars (Forbes.com). Therefore, it is critical to understand

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Women’s Role in Protecting Land Rights in Morocco
By admin April 12, 2018

Women’s access to and control over land and other productive resources are a cornerstone in ensuring their right to equality and an adequate standard of living. Current policy debates in developing countries have acknowledged that women have different needs from men, and that in many societies there are specific challenges that limit women’s access to

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The Chaos of Libyan Prisons
By admin April 11, 2018

Source: Aljazeera (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/10/un-finds-widespread-torture-libya-jails-2013101222039997454.html) The Arab Spring captured the imagination of Western Media as well as young Arabs around the world. It created massive expectations thanks to the successive rising of hundreds of thousands of protestors ranging from Egypt to Syria. Nevertheless, after several years from the beginning of the movement in December of 2010 in

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Migrant Caravan and Migration in Central America
By admin April 4, 2018

Source: Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/the-caravan-of-migrants-thats-alarmed-president-trump-has-now-stalled/2018/04/03/534b01c2-36aa-11e8-af3c-2123715f78df_story.html?utm_term=.0968a35197d9) In these past few days, the issue of border security has gained relevance in the news cycle in the United States. Primarily, because of the US President tweeting about his policy proposal to mobilize US troops to the US Southern Border until a border wall is built. The justification for this

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Amidst Global Refugee Crisis: Establishing Financial Security
By admin April 3, 2018

Photo Source: Al Jazeera   Despite progress around humanitarian intervention and the improved living conditions of refugee camps around the world, many refugees continue to face limited access to social and economic opportunities to integrate into a new country and live prosperous lives. Evidence from Consultative Group to Assist the Poor’s (CGAP) working paper on

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Tax Havens and How They Work
By admin March 30, 2018

According to a related set of figures compiled by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) from 1995 to the end of 2007, offshore banks, on average, were receiving little more than 47% of total cross-border deposits and little more than 43% of all cross-border loans from other tax havens. Though these figures do not distinguish

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Is a Trade War Coming?
By admin March 26, 2018

© Photo Illustration: Shutterstock/CNN On March 22nd, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office released the U.S. Section 301 investigation report. Trump signed a trade memorandum to impose heavy tariffs on about 1,300 categories of Chinese goods, the total value of which is approximately 60 billion U.S. dollars. The memo also includes restrictions on Chinese companies from

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A Decade Review: What was happening in 2008?
By admin March 23, 2018

  In 2008, the world was experiencing the largest and most destructive financial crisis since the Great Depression. This financial crisis was triggered by the bursting of the housing market bubble in the United States which caused serious consequences both in the US and around the world. The aftermath of the financial crisis included the

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