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Friday, 6 September 2013

WEEKEND READING 7-8 SEPTEMBER


  1. The WEF's new Global Competitiveness rankings are out. Greece is 91st, up from 96th, due to a slightly more flexible labour market, a slightly improved macro environment (first time in years) and a continuing improvement in businesses' use of technology. Try here for the full dataset or click on different countries in the infographic below.
  2. The ECB explains TARGET balances in 8 minutes
  3. The WSJ documents in great detail the stock, flow and lives of Syrian refuggees. And Sweden grants blanket asylum to any Syrian refugees that manage to make it there.
  4. Evidence from Canada suggests real-time search and online payments data are very good predictors of recessions. 

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