Trade

The Problem with Trump’s “Protectionism”

President Trump announced that the US would apply tariffs of 10 percent and 25 percent on all imports of aluminium and steel, respectively. The announcement has been derided for being “protectionist” and damaging to the US economy, and likely to trigger a global “trade war.” Professor Ken Shadlen’s concerns lie elsewhere; the measures’ likely effects on the US economy can […]

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    The Impact of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative on Developing Countries

The Impact of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative on Developing Countries

What is China’s One Belt One Road initiative and will it bring prosperity or difficulties to the many developing countries along its route? Nathan Hayes, alumni from the department and Economist at Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre, breaks it down for us.

In autumn 2013, President of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), Xi Jinping, announced the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, […]

Global politics and Sri Lanka in 2016

Following years of civil unrest, Sri Lanka is now finding its feet as an influential country in South Asia for trade. Sumudhu Jayasinghe looks back at how 2016 shaped Sri Lanka’s emerging economy, and what it means for the region going forward.

Sri Lanka, though a small island state, lies at the tip of the South Asian subcontinent and at the center of the Indian Ocean. […]

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    Debating Patents and Drug Prices: Trade Agreements and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Debating Patents and Drug Prices: Trade Agreements and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Professor Ken Shadlen and co-authors challenge a recent article in Foreign Affairs that claimed to show that trade agreements with the USA have not affected the price of patented drugs in developing countries.

One of the most contentious issues in the debate surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) relates to the agreement’s implications for drug prices, particularly in developing countries. The […]

Life after LSE: Diamond rings re-purposed for good

Writing your dissertation can leave you feeling more lost and confused about life than ever before, but as Amanda Schwartz, an MSc Development Studies alumni and co-founder of  The Ring Project explains, keep your eyes and mind open and it could lead to great things.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting across from my dissertation advisor, feeling wholly […]

Market Access and the EU Referendum

In light of the upcoming EU Referendum Professor Ken Shadlen sheds some light on the implications for Britain’s trade.

I’ve read and heard lots of discussions about the referendum and implications for Britain’s trade, most of it misleading and incorrect. Let me try to simplify (it sounds more confusing than it is):

On any given product, countries have two tariffs, one […]

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    Neoliberalism and Industrial Policy in Georgia – Professor Robert Wade

Neoliberalism and Industrial Policy in Georgia – Professor Robert Wade

In April Professor Robert Wade visited Tbilisi in Georgia. While there he attended a conference on Industrial Development Strategy. In this post he explains how this has impacted Georgia in the last 25 years since the break up of the Soviet Union.

I visited Georgia for the first time in late April, at the invitation of Tato Khundadze at the […]

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    Life After LSE: How could Brexit help engagement with emerging economies?

Life After LSE: How could Brexit help engagement with emerging economies?

After graduating from the MSc Development Studies programme in December International Development alumna Bharthi Keshwara has gone on to a role as Economist at the Centre for Policy Studies. In this article she provides us with an overview of the work she’s been doing on Brexit and Britain’s relationship with emerging economies.
The share of UK exports destined for the EU […]

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    Africa at LSE: Renewing Africa through Globalisation and Intra-Continental Trade

Africa at LSE: Renewing Africa through Globalisation and Intra-Continental Trade

In a post originally published on the Africa at LSE blog PfAL scholar Duncan Njue explores how African countries can become bigger players in global trade.

Economists define globalisation as a process that involves the integration of economies – products and services; labour, capital and knowledge markets – across international boundaries. In the western world, more so in Europe, North America and in […]

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    Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

This personal reflection on the economic occupation of the West Bank was originally written by Robert Wade in December 2013. An abridged version later appeared as ‘Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale’ in the London Review of Books. Israel is one of the great success stories of economic development. If it can be classed as “non-western”, it joins a very […]