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Analysis & Opinions - Economic Research Forum

Access to finance for Egypt’s private sector during the pandemic

| May 11, 2021

In response to the global pandemic, public authorities in Egypt responded with a comprehensive package aimed at tackling the health emergency and supporting economic activity. This column examines how private sector firms perceived ease of access to finance before and after the emergence of Covid-19 in 2020.

    Workers stand on a platform at a Saudi Aramco oil separator processing facility in Abqaiq, near Dammam, Sept. 20, 2019.

    AP Photo/Amr Nabil


    Reversal of Fortune for Political Incumbents after Oil Shocks

    • Simeon Djankov
    • Ha Nguyen
    • Ivan Yotzov
    | March 2021

    This paper explores the effect of oil shocks on electoral outcomes. Using a new polling and election data set for 207 elections across 50 democracies, the paper shows that oil price increases systematically lower the odds of reelection for incumbents. The analysis verifies that these shocks—which reduce consumption growth—are associated with worsening performance for incumbents in the runup to reelection and a reversal in the leaning of the political party in power post-election.  

    President-elect Joe Biden and his climate envoy, John Kerry, at The Queen theater.

    Carolyn Kaster/AP

    Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg Opinion

    What Does Success Look Like for a Climate Czar?

    | Dec. 02, 2020

    President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to create a new cabinet-level position for climate-related issues — and to choose so prominent a figure as former Secretary of State John Kerry to fill it — demonstrates Biden’s sincerity over putting climate at the very center of U.S. foreign policy. It is easy to understate the importance of this appointment, given the flurry of czars created by most new administrations.

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    Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg Opinion

    After Oil: Throwing Money at Green Energy Isn’t Enough

    | Sep. 17, 2020

    The geopolitical and geo-economic forces wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, as examined previously in this series, are likely to slow the transition to a more sustainable global energy mix. Fortunately, the pandemic has also resulted in governments gaining vastly greater influence over whether this shift stalls or accelerates.

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    Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg Opinion

    Pandemic Is Hurting, Not Helping, Green Energy

    | Sep. 16, 2020

    For most people, there was nothing to celebrate when the International Monetary Fund downgraded its outlook for global economic growth in June, anticipating a contraction of 4.9% for 2020. Yet for others, such as the small but persistent group of economists and others known as the degrowth movement,” the Covid-induced economic slowdown has a silver lining.

    Rupiah coins in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Binsar Bakkara/AP

    Analysis & Opinions - Global Policy

    Closing the Equity Financing Gap during the COVID-19 Crisis: The Emergence of Sovereign Wealth Funds with Expiration Dates

    | May 29, 2020

    Juergen Braunstein and Sachin Silva argue that sovereign wealth funds may be central to governments' efforts to balance public responsibility with private interests in post-pandemic economies.

    This May. 3, 2009, file photo shows an oil facility in Jubeil, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File

    Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

    Oil Becomes a Risky Game for Saudis

    | May 17, 2020

    President Trump is playing a tense poker game with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The stakes are America’s oil industry and the U.S.-Saudi alliance.

    The 34-year-old prince and the president have been fast friends since Mr. Trump chose Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip and received a lavish welcome. The president stood by the prince when he severed relations with Qatar, and again when he was accused of approving the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. But now the prince is threatening America’s oil industry, U.S. national security and Mr. Trump’s re-election prospects.

    Dr. Justin Jacob runs a sample COVID-19 test inside a mobile testing lab unit that will begin testing in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Washington.

    Andrew Harnik/AP

    Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

    What Caused the COVID-19 Testing Deficit?

    | Apr. 30, 2020

    As the divergent experiences of the US and South Korea show, testing can be the difference between disease containment and catastrophe. Rather than relying on national governments to ensure the rapid development, production, and deployment of diagnostics during outbreaks, the world needs a global coordinating platform.

    Sun sets behind idle pump jack near Karnes City, Texas.

    Eric Gay/AP

    Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg Opinion

    Oil's Collapse Is a Geopolitical Reset In Disguise

    | Apr. 29, 2020

    The world is on the cusp of a geopolitical reset. The global pandemic could well undermine international institutions, reinforce nationalism and spur de-globalization. But far-sighted leadership could also rekindle cooperation, glimmers of which appeared in the G-20’s offer of debt relief for some of the world’s poorest countries, a joint plea from more than 200 former national leaders for a more coordinated pandemic response and an unprecedented multinational pact to arrest the crash in oil markets.