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South Africa's Economy and the Soccer World Cup


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People in Economics

Breacher of the Peace

Simon Willson profiles Daron Acemoglu
Daron Acemoglu, the MIT professor honored by the AEA in 2005 as the most influential U.S. economist under 40, has a history of challenging arbitrary and unpredictable application of rules. He argues that even free markets need impartially adjudicated regulations.

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Hunger on the Rise

David Dawe and Denis Drechsler
The number of hungry people in the world now tops one billion. The global economic crisis and higher food prices are to blame.

Back to Basics

What Is Inflation?

Ceyda Oner
Inflation is the rate of increase in prices over a given period of time. Most economists now believe that low, stable, and predictable inflation is good for a country.

Book Reviews

The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Harold James

This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff

The Aid Trap: Hard Truths about Ending Poverty, R. Glenn Hubbard and William Duggan

Soccernomics, Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Data Spotlight

Dollarization Declines in Latin America

José M. Cartas
Some Latin American countries are showing increased preference for their own currencies, prompting a significant reduction in dollarization.

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