10 must-read economics stories of the week, 20/07/2018

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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 - How supply chains to the West may be tainted by modern slavery. The Economist charts the economics of goods produced by forced labor. (The Economist)

2 - Researchers say greater tolerance and secularization drive economic growth. Data from more than 100 nations spanning 100 years finds economic growth may, in fact, spring from secularization and increased tolerance for individual rights. (Pacific Standard)

3 - Anti-immigration is bad for economic growth. Harvard professor says the economic case for being open to immigrants is indisputable, particularly in ageing societies. (South China Morning Post)

4 - The implication of impact investing. Why one author says for impact investors, the bottom line is making money, and making the world a better place. (Wharton Knowledge)

5 - People sleep better in more gender-equal societies, scientists claim. University of Melbourne sociologists say their research on 23 European countries proves it. (The Independent)

6 - Without Safety for Women, India's Development Dreams Cannot Be Achieved (The Wire)

7 - Economist who coined the term “BRIC” says China’s economy is headed in the right direction (South Africa later joined the group to make it BRICS). (XinhauNet)

8 - Small and Medium Enterprises are vital to sustainable development in Arab World. New study by a non-profit organization says SMEs help to reduce unemployment and create balanced income. (Kuwait News Agency)

9 - Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Africa tour an opportunity to fortify Chinese economic ties. From 2000 to 2016, China's annual loans to African governments and state-owned enterprises spiked from USD 121 million to USD30 billion, leading to a cumulative USD 12.4 billion over 15 years. (Axios)

10 - “Ghana is the future of Africa”: Why Google built an Artificial Intelligence lab in Africa (CNN)