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Kemal Dervis

Kemal Dervis, former minister of economic affairs of Turkey and former administrator for the UN Development Program (UNDP), is a vice president of the Brookings Institution.

Twitter: @Kemal_Dervis

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Getting past slow growth

Most economists nowadays are pessimistic about the world economy’s growth prospects. The World Bank has, yet again, downgraded its medium-term projections, and economists the world over are warning that we are facing a “new normal” of slower growth.

April 18, 2016

Living in the age of AI

The impact that groundbreaking technological advances like artificial intelligence will have on the functioning of our economies and labor markets has been a hot topic for a long time.

January 18, 2016

Inclusive progress or violent conflict

The year 2015 was difficult, punctuated by declining growth forecasts, horrific terror attacks, massive refugee flows and serious political challenges, with populism on the rise in many countries.

December 21, 2015

Saving Europe

Informal discussions on the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union are now underway.

November 12, 2015

Will technology kill convergence?

At the recent annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Lima, Peru, one topic that dominated discussions was the slowdown in emerging-economy growth.

October 21, 2015

Paradox of identity politics

The United Kingdom’s recent general election provided a clear example of how the question of national identity is reshaping Europe’s political landscape.

May 13, 2015

Austerity vs. European society

Over the last five years, the euro zone has, without explicit popular consent, maintained a strict policy focus on fiscal austerity and structural reforms — despite serious social repercussions, not only in the Mediterranean periphery and Ireland, but even in a “core” European Union country like

February 18, 2015

The dream team of Europe

When the International Monetary Fund lowered its global growth forecast for 2014 and 2015 from 3.7 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively, to 3.3 percent and 3.8 percent, it cited the euro zone’s increasingly gloomy prospects, including significantly slower growth in Germany, as a leading cause.

November 19, 2014

Europe’s tattered social contract

For most of the beginning of 2014, the euro zone seemed to be in a state of recovery — weak and unsteady, but nonetheless real.

September 19, 2014

The great income divide

Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has captured the world’s attention, putting the relationship between capital accumulation and inequality at the center of economic debate.

July 19, 2014