Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik, a professor of international political economy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, is the author of Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy. 

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Opinion | Why Joe Biden should not look to tax incentives to bring back the good jobs

Tax incentives and open-ended investment subsidies to attract firms to lagging regions are not that effective. Instead, Biden should invest in sectoral training programmes, which equip workers with skills tailored to specific industry needs.

Tax incentives and open-ended investment subsidies to attract firms to lagging regions are not that effective. Instead, Biden should invest in sectoral training programmes, which equip workers with skills tailored to specific industry needs.

Why Joe Biden should not look to tax incentives to bring back the good jobs
11 Dec 2020 - 1:08PM
Opinion | Joe Biden’s election win over Donald Trump obscures Democratic Party’s long-term issues

Their candidate won a record number of votes, but Democrats face criticism for not doing better and for policies seen as both too liberal and too conservative. Concerns over social issues and losing good jobs to technology and globalisation could haunt them.

Their candidate won a record number of votes, but Democrats face criticism for not doing better and for policies seen as both too liberal and too conservative. Concerns over social issues and losing good jobs to technology and globalisation could haunt them.

Joe Biden’s election win over Donald Trump obscures Democratic Party’s long-term issues
11 Nov 2020 - 3:37AM
Opinion | How making business more democratic can improve global governance

Despite a swell of private-sector support for corporate social responsibility, the effectiveness of relying on companies’ enlightened self-interest is unclear. Firms can be a reliable partner for the social good only when they speak with the voices of those whose lives they shape.

Despite a swell of private-sector support for corporate social responsibility, the effectiveness of relying on companies’ enlightened self-interest is unclear. Firms can be a reliable partner for the social good only when they speak with the voices of those whose lives they shape.

How making business more democratic can improve global governance
11 Oct 2020 - 5:30PM
Opinion | Huawei’s troubles show the limits of the old trade order in a world of data, software and AI

Huawei’s difficulties are a harbinger of a world in which national security, privacy and economics will interact in complicated ways. Countries must agree on a new regulatory patchwork which allows them to pursue their own interests without exporting their problems.

Huawei’s difficulties are a harbinger of a world in which national security, privacy and economics will interact in complicated ways. Countries must agree on a new regulatory patchwork which allows them to pursue their own interests without exporting their problems.

Huawei’s troubles show the limits of the old trade order in a world of data, software and AI
10 Sep 2020 - 6:54AM
Opinion | From AI to medical research, why innovation must not be left to innovators alone

The innovation agenda has been captured by narrow groups of investors and firms whose values and interests don’t necessarily reflect society’s needs. The public sector provides the infrastructure that sustains private R&D and can help ensure innovation mirrors social priorities

The innovation agenda has been captured by narrow groups of investors and firms whose values and interests don’t necessarily reflect society’s needs. The public sector provides the infrastructure that sustains private R&D and can help ensure innovation mirrors social priorities

From AI to medical research, why innovation must not be left to innovators alone
12 Aug 2020 - 9:45PM
Opinion | Why the US should emulate China’s production at home rather than trying to undercut its economic progress

We should not allow economics to become hostage to geopolitics or, worse, to reinforce and magnify US-China rivalry. The objective for the West should be to build more productive, more inclusive economies at home – not simply to outcompete China.

We should not allow economics to become hostage to geopolitics or, worse, to reinforce and magnify US-China rivalry. The objective for the West should be to build more productive, more inclusive economies at home – not simply to outcompete China.

Why the US should emulate China’s production at home rather than trying to undercut its economic progress
13 Jul 2020 - 3:07AM
Macroscope | The post-pandemic world could be more sustainable and inclusive. The choice is ours

The talk everywhere is about decoupling and bringing supply chains home, but the retreat from hyper-globalisation need not mean trade wars. It is possible to envisage a more sensible, less intrusive model of economic globalisation.

The talk everywhere is about decoupling and bringing supply chains home, but the retreat from hyper-globalisation need not mean trade wars. It is possible to envisage a more sensible, less intrusive model of economic globalisation.

The post-pandemic world could be more sustainable and inclusive. The choice is ours
13 May 2020 - 10:34PM
Opinion | Why the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to change the world, for better or worse

Stalked by Covid-19, countries and politicians have in effect become exaggerated versions of themselves. This suggests that the crisis may turn out to be less of a watershed in global politics and economics than many have argued.

Stalked by Covid-19, countries and politicians have in effect become exaggerated versions of themselves. This suggests that the crisis may turn out to be less of a watershed in global politics and economics than many have argued.

Why the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to change the world, for better or worse
8 Apr 2020 - 4:33AM
Opinion | The problem with world trade is not tariffs, but too much globalisation. Can Elizabeth Warren fix it?

Trade policy in the US and advanced economies has been driven by globalisation and corporate interests, and left behind communities. With Warren, the US may be able to reimagine trade policy in the interests of society.

Trade policy in the US and advanced economies has been driven by globalisation and corporate interests, and left behind communities. With Warren, the US may be able to reimagine trade policy in the interests of society.

The problem with world trade is not tariffs, but too much globalisation. Can Elizabeth Warren fix it?
25 Dec 2019 - 5:09AM
Opinion | The US and China can find middle ground and get past the trade war. Here’s how

China and the US, like all other countries, should be able to maintain their own economic model. But international trade rules should prohibit national governments from adopting ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ policies.

China and the US, like all other countries, should be able to maintain their own economic model. But international trade rules should prohibit national governments from adopting ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ policies.

The US and China can find middle ground and get past the trade war. Here’s how
10 Nov 2019 - 3:00AM
Opinion | Why America’s growing wealth gap spells trouble for the rest of the world

Since the 1980s, inequality has increased within rich countries even as poor countries get richer quicker. This reversal of a historical trend might have contributed to the rise of nationalism in the West – and harmful trade policies.

Since the 1980s, inequality has increased within rich countries even as poor countries get richer quicker. This reversal of a historical trend might have contributed to the rise of nationalism in the West – and harmful trade policies.

Why America’s growing wealth gap spells trouble for the rest of the world
12 Sep 2019 - 8:51AM
The View | From Donald Trump to Brexit and Europe’s new right, populism is driven by both cultural and economic anxiety

Those who embrace populism are responding negatively to cultural change, but also the insecurities of globalisation. But while the causes are complex, the solution is more straightforward: address economic anxiety and inequality.

Those who embrace populism are responding negatively to cultural change, but also the insecurities of globalisation. But while the causes are complex, the solution is more straightforward: address economic anxiety and inequality.

From Donald Trump to Brexit and Europe’s new right, populism is driven by both cultural and economic anxiety
11 Jul 2019 - 12:02AM
Opinion | Why Donald Trump’s tariffs should not be the concern of the World Trade Organisation

Global bodies should govern problems that concern the whole world or policies that produce economic benefits at home only by harming other nations. If the trade tariffs are either in the national interest as Trump claims or cause the US harm as critics observe, they are legitimate domestic decisions.

Global bodies should govern problems that concern the whole world or policies that produce economic benefits at home only by harming other nations. If the trade tariffs are either in the national interest as Trump claims or cause the US harm as critics observe, they are legitimate domestic decisions.

Why Donald Trump’s tariffs should not be the concern of the World Trade Organisation
13 Jun 2019 - 4:23AM
Opinion | Capitalism with US and Chinese characteristics can peacefully coexist – if we give up on ‘hyper-globalism’

The idea that countries must fully open their economies to foreign companies, regardless of the consequences for their own growth strategies or societies, is flawed. The US and China should give each other greater policy space.

The idea that countries must fully open their economies to foreign companies, regardless of the consequences for their own growth strategies or societies, is flawed. The US and China should give each other greater policy space.

Capitalism with US and Chinese characteristics can peacefully coexist – if we give up on ‘hyper-globalism’
12 Apr 2019 - 5:40AM
Can international trade agreements help to introduce labour reforms?
16 Sep 2018 - 7:10PM
Opinion | Why Trump’s trade war calls for dignified restraint from China and Europe, not tariff retaliation

Europe and China should be telling Donald Trump that they refuse to be drawn into a trade war and will stick with policies that work for their economies.

Europe and China should be telling Donald Trump that they refuse to be drawn into a trade war and will stick with policies that work for their economies.

Why Trump’s trade war calls for dignified restraint from China and Europe, not tariff retaliation
11 Jul 2018 - 6:41PM
The View | If the euro is to remain viable, the democratic legitimacy of ECB decisions cannot be taken for granted

The Italian president’s veto of a minister’s appointment, which was criticised for undermining his country’s democracy, raises issues that must be addressed when policymakers delegate decision-making to unelected bodies.

The Italian president’s veto of a minister’s appointment, which was criticised for undermining his country’s democracy, raises issues that must be addressed when policymakers delegate decision-making to unelected bodies.

If the euro is to remain viable, the democratic legitimacy of ECB decisions cannot be taken for granted
12 Jun 2018 - 10:30PM
Why should China change its successful trade policies just to please the US, given America’s own history of violations?

When crafting a global trading environment, it’s important to realise that all nations have different political and social settings, and therefore will not all play by the same ‘rules’.

When crafting a global trading environment, it’s important to realise that all nations have different political and social settings, and therefore will not all play by the same ‘rules’.

Why should China change its successful trade policies just to please the US, given America’s own history of violations?
13 May 2018 - 8:06PM