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Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth

July 2014—With the right reforms and investments, Africa’s largest economy can live up to its economic potential and bring more Nigerians out of poverty.more

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How the world could better fight obesity

November 2014—If the prevalence of obesity continues on its rising trend, almost half of the world’s adult population could be overweight or obese by 2030, imposing even greater personal, social, and economic costs. Effectively combating obesity around the world may require a comprehensive strategy of 44 interventions as part of a potential Obesity Abatement Program.more

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Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States

August 2014—Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing economic region, yet US engagement with the continent is lagging. There’s an opportunity to change that.more

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Flowing southward: An interview with DHL’s Roger Crook

May 2014—A global marketplace requires new approaches to coordinating and moving freight. The CEO of DHL Global Forwarding explains the challenges—and opportunities.more

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QE and ultra-low interest rates: Distributional effects and risks

November 2013—Ultra-low interest rates, in part as a result of central-bank policies since 2007, have had a very different distributional impact on governments, corporations, financial institutions, and households.more

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Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year

January 2013—Just keeping pace with projected global GDP growth will require an estimated $57 trillion in infrastructure investment between now and 2030. Practical steps can reduce infrastructure spending by 40 percent—an annual saving of $1 trillion—by boosting productivity. more

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Growth and renewal in the Swedish economy

January 2013—Sweden's economy is faring better than many of its peers, but to compete in the long term, the nation must address five key issues. more

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Investing in growth: Europe's next challenge

December 2012—Private investment was the hardest-hit component of Europe’s GDP between 2007 and 2011—but it can also be a major driver of the region’s recovery. more

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Africa at work: Job creation and inclusive growth

August 2012—The world's second-fastest-growing region must speed up job creation to sustain its successes. By focusing on labor-intensive sectors such as agriculture, some types of manufacturing, and retail and hospitality, African nations could boost the number of new wage-paying jobs from 54 million on current trends to 72 million by 2020.more

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French employment 2020: Five priorities for action

May 2012—Unemployment is rising. Unless it comes down, France won’t be able to sustain its beleaguered social safety net.more

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Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth

January 2012—Reducing debt in mature economies continues to be a long and slow process. But lessons of history show that with the right reforms during deleveraging, countries can return to robust long-term growth.more

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3.4 percent more on GDP

By 2035, the EU-15 will need to spend 3.4 percent more of GDP than it did in 2007 directly because of aging and related pension, health care and long-term care costs more

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