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Noah Smith

Assistant professor

Noah Smith is an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University and a freelance writer for a number of finance and business publications.

Noah Smith
1 Jun 2020

Racism helps keep US safety net in weak state

Last week, the economics profession lost one of its leading lights -- Harvard professor Alberto Alesina. The Italian economist, who died of a heart attack at age 63, helped revolutionise the field of political economy.

1 Jun 2020 3
22 Jan 2019

China's red herring

It may be technically possible for China to eliminate its trade deficit with the US, but at great sacrifices like dependence on the US for fuel and food.

22 Jan 2019 3
14 Dec 2018

Justice reform needed

Holding corporate executives accountable for white-collar crime is good but Japan’s justice system is focused on forcing confessions.

14 Dec 2018 6
Justice reform needed
22 Sep 2018

The future is in Africa, and China has a headstart

During the past decade, China has been investing a lot of money in sub-Saharan Africa.

22 Sep 2018 7
The future is in Africa, and China has a headstart
6 Apr 2018

Opiate of the masses

Whereas the internet once offered an escape from the real world, now the real world is a much-needed escape from the internet.

6 Apr 2018
Opiate of the masses
1 Dec 2017

Wanted: immigrants

For skilled workers, Japan is now among the easiest rich countries to move to but there's just one problem - skilled workers aren't applying.

1 Dec 2017 1
Wanted: immigrants
27 Oct 2017

More Abenomics

Voters returned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to power in decisive fashion, with the Japanese economy doing better than it has in at least a decade.

27 Oct 2017
13 Oct 2017

Keeping coal alive

Coal receives US government tax credits, so selectively eliminating the credit for renewables would put the government's thumb on the scale in favour of coal.

13 Oct 2017
29 Sep 2017

Pampered elderly

Forcing the shrinking group of Japanese young people to keep the economic promises made to Japanese old people is a crushing economic burden.

29 Sep 2017
22 Aug 2017

What Japan needs

Japanese companies once considered eternal entities are becoming more like the West - ad-hoc arrangements, to be merged, bought, sold, split up or shut down.

22 Aug 2017