Benn Steil


A graphical take on geoeconomic issues, with links to the news and expert commentary.

Even Slowing China Is Fueling Global Growth

by the Center for Geoeconomic Studies Monday, January 30, 2012

China’s economy slowed from a growth rate of 10.3% in 2010 to 9.5% in 2011 (and a 2000s peak of 14.2% in 2007), prompting fears that China could trigger a global slowdown.  Yet at 10% of world output, 2.5 times what it was in 2001, the Chinese economy is now so large that it will continue to make a significantly rising contribution to global growth even if its own growth rate continues to fall off moderately.

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Housing Defriends the Facebook Generation

by the Center for Geoeconomic Studies Thursday, January 19, 2012
Change in U.S. Homeownership Rates

Many U.S. policymakers, not least at the Federal Reserve and the Treasury, continue to pin hopes for a robust economic recovery on the housing market.  They should consider that one demographic particularly badly hit by its collapse has a long memory.  That’s because they’re young.  They’ll be around for a long time, and will bear its scars financially and psychologically. Read more »