small world

David Skilling
The global economy from a small economy perspective
Created 26 Aug 2020
  • Climate change politics is local
    19 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    ‘We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it’, Jean-Claude Juncker. Progress was made at the COP26 meetings in Glasgow. Although the commitments made fall shor...
  • Playing the inflation long game
    05 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Inflation – and the inflation debate – is heating up. Recent inflation readings in the Eurozone, the US and the UK, as well as Australia and New Zealand, have come in above expectations. Opinions vary...
  • Global institutions are creaking
    22 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    From Washington to Geneva and beyond, the past few weeks have provided more evidence that multilateral institutions are creaking under the pressure of a changing world. Big power rivalry is playing ou...
  • Evergrande, Ever Given, & beyond
    08 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    In March, the Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, grounded itself in the Suez Canal. In the six days that it was wedged in the Canal, it held up over 350 ships and led to widesprea...
  • Waiting for post-Covid
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Across the developed world, Covid outcomes are generally improving. Cases have largely stabilised, and increasingly widespread vaccinations have substantially weakened the link between Covid cases and...
  • Post-Covid reset or mean reversion?
    10 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    In many advanced economies Q2 GDP was at or above Q4 2019 levels, reflecting a strong recovery process. Looking forward, there are global economic headwinds: from delta and supply chain constraints, t...
  • From Bretton Woods to Afghanistan
    27 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    The chaotic scenes from Kabul over the past fortnight have shocked, with Thursday’s attacks at the airport creating even more tragedy. The strategic decision to fully withdraw from Afghanistan can be ...
  • On Covid & climate change
    13 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    I am just back from a vacation in Greece that, although wonderful, felt a bit like it was at the centre of the world’s crises. Although Greece has done a good job in managing Covid and in rolling out ...
  • Geopolitical competition & innovation
    23 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Last week, the Biden Administration issued a formal advisory warning to US firms operating in Hong Kong. It said developments like the new National Security Law in Hong Kong meant that ‘the risks face...
  • Unknown unknowns in a post-Covid world
    09 Jul 2021 • 6 min read
    ‘… as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown ...
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