What Africa might need is its own Japan — a pioneering country that can industrialize first, and then invest in the rest of the continent.
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Unions and infrastructure don’t fulfill the Republican's small-government dreams of previous decades, but they could represent a centrist alternative to the growing popularity of socialism.
Falling in living standards in some countries, such as Japan, can be blamed in part on a smaller workforce having to prop up a growing pool of retirees.
The new normal has its benefits, but some of these won't be felt until after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
Despite a massive slate of tariffs that mostly began in the second half of 2018, the U.S.-China bilateral trade deficit barely budged, if at all.
Making people more economically secure is the first step to ending the "intimacy apocalypse."
The pandemic will make institutions even more eager to admit wealthy legacy students.
Social networks suffer when there are fewer people to network with.
Remote work may have finally persuaded the nation’s corporate leaders that endless hours at the office are a waste.
The upbeat employment numbers for May probably don’t point to a quick recovery.