10 must-read economics stories of the week, 19/01/2018

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Welcome to your weekly update – a curated list of some of this week’s most interesting stories on economic growth, human and social development.

1. China reports its fastest economic growth in seven years. China’s national statistics board says that nation’s per capita income rose nine percent in 2017. (South China Morning Post)

2. Analysis: The Lasting Effects of the Financial Crisis Have Yet to Be Felt. Ten years on from the global financial upheaval, it is increasingly clear that there may never be a return to the old ‘normal.’ (Chatham House)

3. Davos Man’s historic moment: Davos Woman. For the first time in the 48-year history of the World Economic Forum, this month's summit in Davos, Switzerland will be chaired entirely by women. (CNBC)

4. Iceland kicked off 2018 with a new wage policy making it illegal for companies to pay men more than women to do the same job. Could this legislation work in America? (Wharton Business School Knowledge)

5. What’s the best way to help a refugee land a job? Stanford University researchers came up with an algorithm to do just that. (NPR)

6. Opinion: Michael Bloomberg says non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death and a barrier to global economic development. Why a new task force could help countries improve health outcomes. (Bloomberg Philanthropies)

7. Opinion: Sustainable clean energy is essential for future economic development. It is important that governments, businesses and utility providers work together to create opportunities, says The National writer. (The National)

8. After years of drought, Cape Town, South Africa could become the first city in the world to completely run out of water supply. The dry scenario could be a few months away. (Newsweek)

9. Hungry caterpillars and hungry people. An army of worms is invading Africa (The Economist)

10. Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has a plan to revive one of the world’s worst-performing economies and end its isolation. (Bloomberg)

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