10 must-read economics stories of the week, 13/07/2018

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1 - The world’s ten best performing metropolitan economies. Global Metro Monitor ranking reveals a changing landscape of urban economic power, dominated increasingly by metro areas in emerging countries. (Brookings Institution)

2 - How the U.S.-led trade wars imperil the global economy. Left unchecked, these actions could threaten the global trade order, experts say. (Wharton Knowledge)

3 - Using ancestral characteristics to study modern economics. UCLA and Harvard researchers construct a database of global ancestral economic, cultural, political and environmental characteristics. (UCLA Anderson School of Management)

4 - Photographing the 21st century global economy. A review of a London exhibition by Andreas Gurksy, the photographer famed for chronicling the global economy through images of cities, factories and stock exchanges which fuel economic growth. (Architecture Now)

5 - The need to promote gender diversity in entrepreneurship, innovation, and patenting. Read what a policy research center testified at a U.S. government hearing. (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

6 - How to lead the transition from female empowerment to gender inclusion. Three top tips from a “women in business” expert. (Entrepreneur)

7 - World Cup finalist Croatia has another goal in its sights: the euro zone. Many of the EU’s poorer countries see the common currency as a way to anchor their place in an increasingly divided alliance. (Bloomberg)

8 - Hard Tackle. Eighty percent of the world’s high-quality, hand-stitched footballs begin with the home-based work of Pakistani female villagers who belong to one of the most vulnerable groups in the global economy. (Quartz)

9 - China will provide Arab states with USD 20 billion in loans for economic development. Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa. (Arabian Business)

10 - Ex-foes Ethiopia and Eritrea eye peace dividend after historic deal. Why the move could open prospects for real, regional economic integration. (Reuters)