Epidemics and Economics


David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette & JP Sevilla   Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world. We continue to fight both old pathogens, such as the plague, that have troubled humanity for millennia and new pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that have mutated or […]

Reinvest oil subsidy in renewable power, create energy bank – Energy Economists

By Chijioke Nwaozuzu & Isreal Onyije   The emerging global energy landscape has implications on emerging energy economies because of changes in technology, economics and public policy. These changes have turned major energy importers to exporters (e.g the US); unconventional energy sources becoming conventional and made renewable energy components of the global energy supply mix, significant. […]

Kemi Adeosun: Driving far-reaching reforms in Nigeria’s fiscal operations management

By Oluyinka Akintunde With the inauguration of the current administration in May 2015, and subsequent assumption of duties as minister of finance in November 2015, Kemi Adeosun has focused her attention on the initiation, development and aggressive implementation of innovative fiscal operations management policies and initiatives aimed at redressing the economic fortunes of the country. […]

Of Trans Forcados pipeline, shut-ins and the 2018 national budget

Expectations are high that Nigeria’s 2018 budget of N9.12 trillion will consolidate the nation’s gains since exiting the debilitating recession last year. Announcing its passage at the Nigerian Senate Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, reiterated the often-expressed imperative that “Nigeria must grow and diversify its economy away from oil”, while hopeful […]

Nestle vs Unilever: Herding consumer confidence

Consumables in Nigerian homes would scarcely be complete without counting an item or two from Unilever Nigeria Plc. and Nestle Nigeria Plc. Although both are classified under the consumer goods sector, Unilever Nigeria is particularly streamlined towards personal and household products while Nestle Nigeria is into the diversified food products segments. An analysis of the […]

Employees who use social media for work are more engaged, but more likely to leave their jobs

Social media can be a powerful communication tool for employees, helping them to collaborate, share ideas and solve problems. Research has shown that 82 percent of employees think that social media can improve work relationships and 60% believe social media support decision-making processes. These beliefs contribute to a majority of workers connecting with colleagues on social media, even during work […]

Digitization of money and finance: Challenges and opportunities

Speech for Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Conference by Tao Zhang IMF Deputy Managing Director Introduction I would like to express my appreciation to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for the invitation to speak on the issues facing central banks and regulatory authorities in this era of technological advances in the field of finance. The global […]