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Bernard Wasow


Bernard Wasow is an economist who has been a member of the faculties at the University of British Columbia, the University of Nairobi and New York University. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Monash University and the Central European University, in Prague.

Mr. Wasow has also worked in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a program officer at the Ford Foundation. He has also been a senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

Beyond teaching, his extensive overseas experience includes a year each in Puerto Rico, with the Committee to Study Puerto Rico’s Finances, and in Bangladesh, with the Harvard Institute for International Development. He also participated in World Bank missions to Kenya, Mongolia and Indonesia.

Mr. Wasow received his B.A. degree from Reed College and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He spent a year as a DAAD Fellow at the Free University of Berlin. His publications are primarily in the fields of international economics and development.

Articles by Bernard Wasow

Vaccination Rejection in Historical Context

Why do so many people still oppose vaccination for COVID?

September 8, 2021

Karl Marx and Milton Friedman: What They Got Right

People on the left and the right view Marx and Friedman as true icons of their causes. The two men are rarely mentioned for their similarities.

May 23, 2021

Fixing the US Immigration System: Back to the Future

The US needs to return to stop discriminating against those with little education. Let’s set up an immigration lottery to make it work.

September 8, 2017

Qatar: A Pariah?

Unlike its neighbors, Qatar has continued to do well ranked by perceived corruption.

July 8, 2017

Five Ways to Fight Populism

The best response to populism is active government policy. We need more and better smart liberalism.

May 14, 2017

US Expats in Mexico: Will We Be Thrown Out?

What will happen to Americans living in Mexico if the hostility toward Mexican-Americans is put into action?

December 3, 2016

Thriving on Immigration

The U.S. experience offers Europe hope that the process of cultural digestion is manageable.

September 8, 2015

The World Bank: The Data Gatherer That Did Not Gather Data

The World Bank subtly dodges debate about income inequality in rich countries.

July 23, 2014

Bridging the Gender Gap

Does Islam really limit the opportunities and achievements of women?

February 16, 2014

East Africa: Left Behind

Why have fertility rates in East Africa bucked the global trend — and what does this mean for the region's future?

December 26, 2011

How Europe and the U.S. Dropped the Baton

What does the end of U.S. and European global dominance mean for the world economy?

August 18, 2011

Freedom and Corruption

Do the data suggest that there is any stable relationship between democracy and corruption?

May 17, 2011

A (Very) Brief History of Corruption

What trends in the prevalence of corruption has the world experienced in recent years?

March 10, 2011

Who Should Be in the World Cup?

Which regions are overrepresented — and which are underrepresented — in the 2010 World Cup?

July 6, 2010

Europe’s Fiscal Crisis and U.S. States

Should Europe's struggles to solve Greece's financial mess sound familiar to Americans?

May 28, 2010

No Time to Waste

Why has the international debate over stimulus packages veered off course?

December 19, 2008

Taming Wild Markets (Part II)

How should financial instruments be regulated to prevent future market meltdowns?

October 22, 2008

Taming Wild Markets (Part I)

How did risky, complicated financial instruments lead to the U.S. mortgage meltdown?

October 21, 2008

Little Giants

Based on medals per capita, who is the real winner of the 2008 Beijing Olympics?

September 2, 2008

Don’t Cry for Me, Doha Trade Round

Is the Doha Round dead — or is it enduring yet another near-death experience?

August 4, 2008

The School of Hard Energy Knocks

Which countries make the grade when it comes to energy efficiency — and which earn failing marks?

June 24, 2008

Dateline Kenya: Democracy as a Nation Breaker?

Has the West's insistence on democracy contributed to the current turmoil in Kenya?

January 29, 2008

U.S. Immigration Reform: It’s Cheaper to Keep Her

When it comes to immigration reform, why has the U.S. Congress decided to stay with the status quo?

July 5, 2007

Out of Africa, Once More

Why will those least responsible for global warming be forced to migrate because of climate change?

May 28, 2007

Airline Ticket Taxes and Development Aid

Is this new idea just a gimmick — or a case of real European leadership?

February 28, 2006

Shaping African Prosperity

Why will the G8's aid go to waste unless Africa helps secure its own future?

July 18, 2005

Greasing Palms: Corruption in Mexico

What effect does corruption have on Mexico's ability to lure important foreign investment?

June 27, 2005

The Streets of Nairobi

How is telecommunications shaping Nairobi's economy and consumer culture?

May 30, 2005

The Downsizing of the Dollar in Oil Prices

How are oil prices impacting the value of the dollar in relation to other foreign currencies?

April 26, 2005

Broadband Backlash?

What jobs will we see in developing countries in the future?

September 30, 2004

World Leaders Spin the Olympic Medals

Which country did best at the Athens Olympics?

September 3, 2004

A Tourist in Morocco

A first-hand account of the thrills — and frustrations — of visiting Morocco.

July 19, 2004

Should We Trust China?

Should China's recent economic growth and moves toward banking reform concern or reassure Westerners?

March 30, 2004

The Old Saga of Not Enough Jobs

Will technology continue to displace human labor?

February 11, 2004

“PDA” and Global Development

How will PDA affect economic development in poor countries in the coming years?

January 7, 2004

Getting Tough on Agricultural Subsidies

Is the era of agricultural subsidies coming to an end after key WTO negociations failed?

November 12, 2003

Is Manufacturing Disappearing?

Is the manufacturing industry in crisis — and what does it harbor for the future?

October 7, 2003

Regional Trading Blocs — Too Small To Matter?

How do regional trade agreements compare in terms of market size?

September 9, 2003

A Raisin in the Sun?

Why should politicians around the world make a real commitment to African development?

April 19, 2003

A Globalization Balance Sheet

How do countries benefit from an economy open to trade and a mindset open to the free exchange of ideas?

January 7, 2003

The U.S.-China Race

Are Japan and the United States ready for the rapid growth of China's economy?

January 1, 2003

California’s Investment Ethics Go Global

What standards should be used in making global investment decisions?

January 1, 2001