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Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia

November 2014—By capitalizing on three global trends, Southeast Asia could increase productivity and create billions in economic value by 2030.more

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Myanmar’s moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges

June 2013—If current productivity and demographic trends hold, Myanmar’s economy may grow by less than 4 percent a year. But that could increase to 8 percent if the country diversified its economy and more than doubled its labor-productivity growth—a difficult but not unprecedented feat.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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The flow of trade: An interview with H. Ray Bingham

May 2014—As a director of companies such as Flextronics and Cadence, Ray Bingham has seen information reshape trade flows and globalization. Here’s what he has learned from the experience.more

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Urban world: The shifting global business landscape

October 2013—By 2025, almost half of the world’s biggest companies will probably be based in emerging markets, profoundly altering global competitive dynamics.more

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Beyond Korean style: Shaping a new growth formula

April 2013—South Korea is a global powerhouse, but slowing income growth and soaring costs for housing and private education are putting stress on the nation’s middle class. The country can relieve these cost pressures through new home-financing schemes and education reforms—and can create new high-paying jobs by building up the service and small-business sectors.more

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China’s e-tail revolution

March 2013—The rapid path from retailing to e-tailing is encouraging consumption and reshaping the industry. 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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The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia's potential

September 2012—Indonesia's fast-growing economy could become the world's 7th largest by 2030, up from 16th today, but only if it can further boost productivity to meet growth targets.more

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Beyond the boom: Australia's productivity imperative

August 2012—An outsized boom in the natural-resources sector has produced strong income growth for Australia, but its fundamentals have been weakening. Building a more balanced and resilient economy that can withstand a potential slowdown depends on getting back to the basics of productivity growth. more

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Sustaining Vietnam's growth: The productivity challenge

February 2012—Vietnam’s economy has come an extraordinarily long way in a short time. China is the only Asian economy that has grown faster since 2000. But Vietnam now needs to boost labor productivity growth by more than 50 percent to maintain its rapid growth. more

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