10 must-read economics stories of the week, 21/09/2018

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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 - Emerging economies have accounted for almost two-thirds of the world’s GDP growth and more than half of new consumption over the past 15 years. Yet economic performance among individual countries varies substantially. (McKinsey)

2 - Economists have long wondered why some emerging economies perform much better than others over the long term. Now some of them say the best performing emerging economies emphasize competition. (Harvard Business Review)

3 - Global trade is thriving (for some). “Deglobalization” may describe the developed world, but emerging markets capture an ever-greater slice of the pie. (Bloomberg)

4 - Blockchain technology can serve emerging markets. How startups plans to use blockchain technology to address the unique needs of emerging market economies. (Hackernoon)

5 - Is the next recession around the corner? Why some say the red flags are already out there. (Wharton Knowledge)

6 - Investors haven't been this scared about the state of the global economy in nearly seven years. As the trade war between China and the U.S. hits a boiling point, investors are taking their dimmest view of the global economy since the height of the European debt crisis. (CNBC)

7 - Women on average make about $0.80 for every dollar a man does. In Silicon Valley, the wealth gap is even wider – extending to potentially the most lucrative currency on the planet: stock options. (USA Today)

8 - Rand Merchant Bank releases its Top Places To Invest In Africa list. For most of the Top Ten, it is all about the growth rates. (IOL)

9 - Quartz’s online spread on African innovation, including a list of 30 pioneers, has features on FinTech and digitizing African tradition. There are also profiles on tech savvy solutions to preserve African languages and boost literacy – all worth a look. (Quartz Africa)

10 - China’s Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion for Africa. Where will the money go? (Washington Post)