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For Mark Roe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 26, 2012

Corporate short-termism in the fiscal cliff's shadow

Economic trends are sometimes more closely related to one another than news reports make them seem. For example, one regularly encounters reports of governments’ financial troubles, like the “fiscal cliff” in the United States and the debt crisis in Europe. And much attention has ...

Apr 23, 2012

Capitalistic consensus moved Brazil investors

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to Washington earlier this month offers an occasion to consider how some once-poor countries have broken out of poverty, as Brazil has. Development institutions like the World Bank have advocated improving business law as an important way to do ...

Aug 10, 2011

A key lesson from America's first debt crisis

The West is ensnared in a debt crisis. The United States, as everyone knows, came perilously close to defaulting on Aug. 2, and Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. debt from AAA on Aug. 5. In Europe, the outgoing head of the European Central Bank ...

Apr 21, 2011

Fukushima No. 1 and derivative meltdowns

Financial commentators have likened Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe to derivatives’ role in the 2008 financial meltdown. The resemblance is clear enough: Each activity yields big benefits and carries a tiny but explosive risk. But the similarity between the two types of crisis ...