10 must-read economics stories of the week, 17/11/2017

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1.   Facts and figures: In a notable reversal, it is now the richest women in the US who are having the most kids. It’s one of the best-established relationships in economics: as women’s education and income levels go up, the number of children they have goes down. But something happened to the American family over the last three decades: that downward slope became a U-turn. (Quartz)

2.   Muhammad Yunus believes social businesses can cure poverty. The Nobel laureate explains how. (Knowledge@Wharton)

3.   Two centers of gravity govern today’s digital world: Is the new digital world more about hegemony or harmony? (BCG)

4.   Christine Lagarde sees China's plan to open financial system as positive development, which indicates openness and better strength their own system. (Bloomberg)

5.   Kofi Annan’s vision for the future: Transforming our food systems for improved nutrition. (LinkedIn)

6.   Here’s how far the world is from meeting its climate goals. How the current CO2 emissions compare to the requirements of the Paris agreement and the 2°C target. (The New York Times)

7.   Africa might leapfrog straight to cheap renewable electricity and minigrids. The road to ubiquitous electricity. (The Economist)

8.   How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement: Moving away from protectionism. (The Conversation)

9.   How to achieve a future without child marriage. Across West and Central Africa, 4 of 10 young woman were married in childhood. (UNICEF)

10.  Reparations as philanthropy: radically rethinking “giving” in Africa. (LeMonde)

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