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The New Who’s Who in the World Economy

May 15, 2013, 12:00 AM
Vietnam

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The story of these economies is well known, and acknowledged. That is to say, these countries have a voice in setting the global economic agenda. But what about countries like Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkey, and others? They are growing rapidly, and this is the result of a stronger adherence to disciplined policies, argues Peter Henry, an economist and Dean of NYU's Stern School of Business and the author of Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth.

This amounts to quite a change in the global economic landscape. Developed countries like the U.S. are displaying reckless behavior (e.g., politicians squabbling over raising the debt ceiling), while developing countries, Henry argues, are exercising a level of discipline that no one would have imagined a few decades ago. And yet, this change has not been recognized at the level of global economic policymaking. 

So what we have is an imbalance, Henry tells Big Think – "an imbalance between economic importance in global GDP and economic voice in the setting of the global economic agenda. And so what’s required for the future is a rebalancing of this mismatch."

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