Best in Economics this week: April 14

They’re ba-ack! (Chinese ghost towns)
http://www.businessinsider.com/these-chinese-cities-are-ghost-towns-2017-4

Spot the difference (and no, it is not gender)…
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https://twitter.com/Timothy_Hughes/status/851708105905889281

And while we are comparing: a very nice overview on how the introduction of the automobile was reported on

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http://www.collaborativefund.com/uploads/Collaborative%20Fund%20–%20What%20We%20Said%20When%20the%20World%20Changed.pdf

They left the best one out: in Finland it is called Fixit
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https://twitter.com/TerribleMaps/status/831486149247934464

This should be interesting to read, from the IMF

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http://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO/Issues/2017/04/04/world-economic-outlook-april-2017

A bit of reading on whether Greece needs more help

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https://piie.com/system/files/documents/wp17-6.pdf

German elections in perspective (via @leonmwc)

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https://twitter.com/gloomyeuropean/status/851758582865330176

There goes the whole let’s-buy-robot-sovereign-fund idea… (not sure if the data is correct though)

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https://www.businessinsider.nl/companies-investors-focus-on-robots-artificial-intelligence-2017-4/

Printing your own currency: very profitable business!

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-06/15-years-later-billions-of-pre-euro-currency-remains-unredeemed

Cool chart on growth mismatches

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http://www.businessinsider.com/bank-of-englands-vlieghe-compares-economic-forecasting-to-heart-surgery-2017-4

Austerity hurt growth in Europe, according to this study

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http://voxeu.org/article/austerity-aftermath-great-recession

The BIS writes a lot about repos

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https://ftalphaville.ft.com/2017/04/12/2187370/some-striking-admissions-about-repo-markets-from-the-bis/

The winner takes all…

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http://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-continues-grow-lead-google-starting-point-online-shoppers/

The Trump tax plans

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http://ritholtz.com/2017/04/proposed-changes-agency-discretionary-budgets-2018/

What’s happening here?

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http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/04/106123.html

The BIS on the importance of central banks in FX markets.

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http://www.bis.org/publ/work626.pdf

US equities no more!

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-09/yale-endowment-blasts-low-fee-crusaders-says-returns-would-sag

Namibia!

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-10/meet-africa-s-last-eurobond-issuer-bucking-junk-status-chart

And here’s another 220 page of reading material: the ECB annual report

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http://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/annual/html/ar2016.en.html#IDofChapter1_1_2

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