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May 19, 2020

Covid-19 Straw Breaks Free Trade Camel’s Back

Economic growth is supposed to be the tide that lifts all boats. According to the conventional wisdom until recently, growth in China, India and East Asian countries took off thanks to opening up to international trade and investment.


May 13, 2020

Why Some National Health Care Systems Do Better than Others

By Vladimir Popov

In public health discussions, it is generally recognized that the social returns to health care investments are greater than the private returns, and much of such investments should be financed by the state.


May 12, 2020

‘Passing the Buck’ Becomes Reckless ‘Conspiracy Blame Game’

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Although Wuhan local authorities undoubtedly ostracized local medical whistle-blowers, notably Dr Li Wenliang, who suspected a new virus was responsible for flu-like infections in Wuhan in late 2019, official responses were apparently not delayed, and possibly even expedited, as the novel character of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for Covid-19 infections, was not immediately self-evident.


May 05, 2020

Argentina Responds Boldly to Coronavirus Crisis

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Like much of the West, Argentina did not take many early precautionary actions after the Covid-19 epidemic was confirmed in January, but became the first Latin American country to act decisively with a 12 March public health emergency declaration. The presidential decree came a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic, just over a week after the first case was detected in the republic on 3 March.


Apr 28, 2020

All-of-Government, Whole-of-Society Involvement Needed to Fight Virus

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The Covid-19 pandemic is now widely considered more threatening than any other recent viral epidemic. Most believe that many more have been infected or even died than officially confirmed.


Apr 27, 2020

Thandika Mkandawire, Pan-Africanist Par Excellence

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Thandika Mkandawire (1940-2020) had a wicked sense of humour. But he was so considerate that he often made himself the butt of his jokes which typically had a moral. When others struggled to pronounce his surname, he would help them out, “Me kinda weary”.


Apr 21, 2020

Covid-19: Brazil’s Bolsonaro trumps Trump

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro appointed medical entrepreneur Nelson Teich his new health minister on 17 April. The businessman quickly echoed his boss’ desire to resume business as usual regardless of its potentially lethal consequences.


Apr 14, 2020

Vietnam Winning New War Against Invisible Enemy

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Vietnam, just south of coastal China, is the 15th most populous country in the world with 97 million people.According to its Ministry of Health (MoH), as of 13 April, there were 262 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 144 recovering or discharged from hospitals, and no deaths.


Apr 09, 2020

Kerala Covid-19 Response Model for Emulation

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Within weeks, the Covid-19 epidemic was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an epidemic of international significance, triggering a pre-agreed WHO response. By the end of the first week of April, more than 1.3 million people had been confirmed as infected, with over 65,000 deaths across the world.


Apr 07, 2020

Green Counter-Revolution in Africa?

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

In 2006, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation jointly launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The African Green Revolution Forum claims AGRA is the “world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture”.


Apr 03, 2020

Martin Khor, Third Worldist

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Martin Khor Kok Peng passed away just after the end of the first quarter of 2020. He leaves behind an unusually rich legacy. Atypically for people mainly working in the worldideas, he was also a very practical and pragmatic activist who successfully built and sustained several important initiatives which will live on after him.


Mar 31, 2020

West First Policies Expose Myths

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

As the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic shifts from China to the developed West, all too many rich countries are acting selfishly, invoking the ‘national interest’, by banning exports of vital medical supplies.


Mar 26, 2020

East Asian Lessons for Controlling Covid-19

By Nazihah Muhamad Noor and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

By the third week of March 2020, the number of Covid-19 deaths in Italy had overtaken the number of deaths in China. Authorities all over the world are restricting the movements of their populations as part of efforts to control the spread of Covid-19.


Mar 24, 2020

Stronger UN Leadership Needed to Cope with Coronavirus Threat

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is hard to predict as events are still unfolding, and estimates vary dramatically. UNCTAD estimates lost output in the order of US$1 trillion, just over a third of Bloomberg’s expectation of US$2.7 trillion in losses. The OECD expects global economic growth to halve from already anaemic levels.


Mar 19, 2020

State Intervention Necessary to Overcome Covid-19 Threats

By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

It is now clear that most East Asian government responses to novel coronavirus or Covid-19 outbreaks have been effective. In Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, the number infected have remained relatively low despite their proximity and vulnerability, while containment in China and South Korea has been impressive.


Mar 17, 2020

Share Buybacks Enable Predatory Value Extraction

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

‘Getting government out of the way’, the neoliberal ‘free market’ mantra, was supposed to boost private investment. Instead, business investment has declined as a consequence. Many economies now seem incapable of making much needed investments to sustain growth, apparently due to ‘capital allocation’ problems.


Mar 11, 2020

Stock Market Bubble No Basis for Shared Prosperity

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The US is currently still in a stock market bubble which, if history is any guide, is likely to end, perhaps soon due to Covid19. President Trump would, of course, like to sustain it to strengthen his November re-election prospects.


Mar 04, 2020

Coronavirus Exposes Global Economic Vulnerability

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 threatens a global pandemic, major stock markets around the world have suffered their worst performance since the 2008 financial crush.

Feb 25, 2020

Lucky Trump Looking Smug

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Meeting the President of the Republic of Korea in September 2019, President Donald J Trump bragged that the “US economy is the envy of the world”. Trump reiterated such claims in his State of the Union address in early February, hailing his own policies with typical humility.


Feb 18, 2020

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its forecasts at the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting in Davos.


Feb 11, 2020

Intellectual Property Raises Costs of Living

By Claire Lim and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Many medicines and medical tests are unaffordable to most of humanity owing to the ability of typically transnational pharmaceutical giants to abuse their monopoly powers, enforced by intellectual property laws, to set prices to maximize profits over the long-term.


Feb 04, 2020

Financialization Increases Inequality

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Michael Lim Mah Hui

Financialization has worsened inequality through various channels, including macroeconomic policies. For example, quantitative easing and low, if not negative interest rates have fuelled credit and asset price bubbles, while fiscal spending cuts have adversely affected those depending on government assistance.


Jan 28, 2020

Exchange Rate Undervaluation for Export-Led Growth Promotion

By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

One mercantilist view is that exchange rate undervaluation – e.g., via accumulation of foreign exchange reserves in China’s case – is ‘industrial policy’ to promote export-led growth, benefiting producers of exports while discouraging imports.


Jan 21, 2020

School Lunch Programmes for Progress

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan Muda

If well planned, coordinated and implemented, a government funded school feeding programme for all primary school children can be progressively transformative. Such a programme, involving government departments and agencies working together, can benefit schoolchildren, their families, farmers and public health, now and in the future.


Jan 14, 2020

Has China Been Manipulating Its Currency?

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Many argue that China’s impressive growth for last four decades has been due to deliberate exchange rate undervaluation, promoting exports and discouraging imports. Last year, the Trump administration accused China of engaging in currency manipulation.


Jan 07, 2020

Billionaires Beware

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The latest November 2019 UBS/PwC Billionaires Report counted 2,101 billionaires globally, or 589 more than five years before. Earlier, Farhad Manjoo had seriously recommended, ‘Abolish Billionaires’, presenting a moral case against the super-rich as they have and get far, far more than what they might reasonably claim to deserve.

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Project Syndicate Articles


Free Trade’s Diminishing Returns AUG 5, 2016 Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Vladimir Popov suggest that free-trade deals neither raise advanced-economy incomes, nor serve poor countries.


How to End Hunger JUL 8, 2016 Hilal Elver & Jomo Kwame Sundaram underscore the need to raise the world's shockingly low levels of social protection.


The Trans-Pacific Shell Game JUN 1, 2016 Jomo Kwame Sundaram skewers the exaggerated claims being made about the recently signed TPP trade deal.


Fat’s Heavy Burden Global Health & Development JUL 20, 2015 Jomo Kwame Sundaram makes a strong case for coordinated action aimed at reducing obesity worldwide.


The Good-Governance Trap Global Health & Development JUN 24, 2015 Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Michael T. Clark identify a better approach to fostering economic and social development.


A Global Marshall Plan Global Health & Development APR 20, 2015 Erik S. Reinert and Jomo Kwame Sundaram present historical insight into how to revive development cooperation.


Rethinking Hunger Global Health & Development OCT 30, 2014 Jomo Kwame Sundaram wants to shift aid efforts from delivering enough food to delivering the right kind.


Emerging Markets’ Bubble Troubles Economics MAR 14, 2014 Jomo Kwame Sundaram criticizes emerging-market economies' myopic approach to short-term capital inflows. 


Finishing Off Hunger Global Health & Development DEC 9, 2013 Jomo Kwame Sundaram on the persistence of high rates of under-nutrition worldwide. 


A World of Vulnerability Global Health & Development JUL 13, 2013 Jomo Kwame Sundaram on the vulnerability that comes with extreme poverty. 


The Mismeasure of Poverty Business & Finance MAY 10, 2013 Jomo Kwame Sundaram says the system shaping the world’s understanding of poverty is flawed. 


Innovation in Development Finance Global Health & Development APR 10, 2013 Jomo Kwame Sundaram outlines strategies needed to align development finance with national development goals. 


Anti-Poverty 2.0 Economics MAR 8, 2013 Jomo Kwame Sundaram on the modest progress of the Millennium Development Goals.


Smart Taxation Economics FEB 13, 2013 Jomo Kwame Sundaram on the need for developed countries to curb tax evasion and fraud. 


Mixed Hope for Clear Goals Global Health & Development JUL 1, 2012 Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

NEW YORK – Last month, the United Nations announced that the world had met some important targets of the Millennium Development Goals ahead …


Together in Recovery Economics JUN 17, 2012 Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

NEW YORK – The United Nations’ recently released World Economic Situation and Prospects mid-year report warns that the global economy is at …


A Global New Deal Economics MAY 22, 2012 Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

NEW YORK – Recent political developments, including the defeat of incumbent governments in France and Greece, suggest that the public’s tole…


Development Cooperation under Siege Global Health & Development NOV 22, 2011 Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

NEW YORK – Protracted economic stagnation in rich countries continues to threaten the development prospects of poorer countries. Globalizati…


The Bogey of Fiscal Stimulus Economics OCT 20, 2011 Jomo Kwame Sundaram NEW YORK – After the economic disaster of 2008-2009, people are understandably wary of the devastation that yet another financial crisis can…


Food Fears Return Global Health & Development MAY 9, 2011 Jomo Kwame Sundaram

ROME – Lack of food is rarely the reason that people go hungry. The world today produces enough food to feed everyone. The problem is that m…


Recovery, Interrupted Economics DEC 7, 2010 Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

NEW YORK – Since the 2008-2009 slump lifted in mid-2009 – and especially following the exposure of the massive public-debt problems in Greec…


Rethinking Poverty Reduction Global Health & Development JAN 15, 2010 Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

NEW YORK – Last year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization announced that the number of hungry people in the world increase…


Green Money Global Health & Development SEP 24, 2009 Jomo Kwame Sundaram 

NEW YORK – There is little doubt that green will be the metaphorical color of choice for world leaders when they gather at the G-20 Summit i…


The Decent Work Imperative Global Health & Development JUL 30, 2008 Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Johan Scholvinck 

NEW YORK – Over the past decade, the ranks of the unemployed have swollen to close to 190 million worldwide. That number captures only a fra…


Harvests of Hunger Global Health & Development JUN 1, 2008 Jomo Kwame Sundaram

New York – Lack of food is rarely the reason people go hungry. Even now, there is enough food in the world, with a bumper harvest this year,…


Containing Financial Turmoil Economics SEP 10, 2007 Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Rob Vos

Today’s ongoing financial market turmoil comes as no surprise to those who have been warning about the risks to the world economy from the e…


Worlds Apart Economics FEB 2, 2006 Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Macroeconomic policies, financial globalization, and changes in labor market institutions have exacerbated inequality in recent decades, not…


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“State and Market in Economic Development: Southeast Asian Industrial Policy in Comparative East Asian Perspective” in Joao Carlos Ferraz, Jose Antonio Ocampo, Ippei Yamazawa [eds]. Promoting Growth and Welfare: The Role of Institutions and Structural Change in Asia. Proceedings of Seminars organized with the Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago, 29-30 April, and Instituto de Economia Latin America y el Caribe, Rio de Janeiro, 2-3 May 2002.

“Ethnic Redistribution, State Intervention and Economic Liberalization in Malaysia: The New Economic Policy and After”. 


“Public Enterprises in Malaysia”


“Price Liberalisation and Farmer Welfare in Malaysia” (with Aziz Rahman)


“Social Indicators of Malaysian Development” (with Chang Yii Tan)


“Economic Liberalisation and Labour in Malaysia” (with V. Kanapathy) for International Labour Office, Geneva.


“La nouvelle politique économique Malaysiene” (The Malaysian New Economic Policy). In Jean-Louis Margolin [ed.]. Malaysia-Singapore: Le Fer de Lance de l’Asie du Sud-est. L’Harmattan, Paris.

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