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Reaching Net Zero Emissions

2021-07-28T17:35:14-04:00July 22, 2021|

By Florence Jaumotte and Gregor Schwerhoff

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Climate action is gaining momentum. Since the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries have intensified climate action and many have committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, meaning that any additional carbon emissions will be offset completely by carbon emissions withdrawn from the atmosphere. […]

Seizing the Opportunity for a Pro-Growth, Post-Pandemic World

2021-07-21T12:52:13-04:00July 20, 2021|

By Geoffrey Okamoto

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Since March 2020, governments have spent $16 trillion providing fiscal support amid the pandemic, and global central banks have increased their balance sheets by a combined $7.5 trillion. Deficits are the highest they have been since World War II and central banks have provided more liquidity in the past year than in the past 10 years combined. […]

Getting Back to Growth

2021-06-15T16:05:04-04:00June 10, 2021|

By Lone Engbo Christiansen, Ashique Habib, Margaux MacDonald, and Davide Malacrino

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Producing and consuming more goods and services for the same amount of work sounds too good to be true. In fact, it’s entirely possible. Higher productivity is one of the key ingredients to higher economic growth and incomes. It’s all about how workers become more productive. […]

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