While [cancer and heart disease] can be differentiated from deaths of despair, the underlying cause—the reality of the economic situation for a large segment of the nation’s population—is the same for many who engage in this behavior. In addition to being more likely to abuse opioids, they are more likely to smoke, and to become obese, two of the most common causes of premature death.
When you look at the Trump trade policy, there’s a clear pattern that we’ve seen, which is very aggressive, very dramatic rhetoric in the announcement, and then when it comes time to actually implement the policy, it’s much more toned down and much more in line with historical U.S. trade enforcement policy.
Even if China were to provide greater access to its markets today, if the U.S. economy were to do well, and China were to slow down, the deficit might actually increase...It would certainly be problematic to view the size of that deficit as an indicator of whether trade is fair.
If we think back to original ISDS, the kinds of disputes they often had was a nationalist government coming in and saying, "Foreign investors, we are taking over this mine, you know, it is ours. We’re kicking you out of the country. We might be throwing you in jail.”
[Sub-Saharan Africa's] large economies are at risk of a lost decade unless policymakers implement significant reforms to shift the growth model away from excessive reliance on oil in Angola and Nigeria and, in the case of South Africa, to overcome structural problems—many inherited from the apartheid era.