Below are posts on past activities related to my book "The Political Economy of Special Economic Zones."
This is one of my absolute favorite podcasts, and I listen to a lot of them. One of the top-3 in the field of economics if you ask me (together with Macro Musings and Econtalk). Frank Conway is an excellent interviewer and podcast producer.
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NEOM is Saudi Arabia's new mega city project. You can find the article here.
"What made the Chinese SEZs successful was their more decentralised, bottom-up nature, according to Lotta Moberg, a macroeconomic analyst at William Blair and author of The Political Economy of Special Economic Zones: Concentrating Economic Development. “What you had in China were business interests and others who wanted to do business between China and Hong Kong,” she told me in an interview. “They managed to lobby the right people who would reach the upper echelons of the government to grant these kinds of concessions.”Shenzhen’s reforms were not driven by the central state, instead, it was a product of local interests and local lobbying. “The institutional foundations of the Chinese examples created different dynamics from what is likely to occur in Neom, which is largely directed by the government,” said Moberg. Shenzhen was a response to demand, whereas Neom is an attempt to solve the ruling family’s political problems."
Cited in this article in the Yale Daily News on Connecticut's coming “opportunity zones”. My comments were clearly messed up in the first, very long, sentence, but I am sharing for good measure.
"Lotta Moberg, macroeconomic analyst at William Blair, a financial services firm, said that while the program may divert investments from more promising areas into more distressed neighborhoods, which tend to have a lower development potential, it is nevertheless similar to other redistributive policies that trade net outcome for more equity. One major pitfall, she warned, is that governments often make mistaken judgements in evaluating the need and potentials of different areas in a free market, dampening the program’s efficacy."
Here are my comments, which I supplied for this article, where they have been translated into Vietnamese:
“Lotta Moberg, PhD, Analyst at William Blair & Co. LLC
Most SEZs are political projects. Vietnam has many reforms that it should pursue country wide. Instead, it is happening within confined areas in the form of zones. There are two ways to interpret the government’s choice to pursue SEZs:
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The Center for Innovative Governance Research is an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to promote better governance. It is run by Mark Lutter (twitter).
Videos for the Startup-Societies Summit were posted on the organization's Facebook page. Here is one panel, discussing the Jones Act and other goodies. Here is a short talk by me, starting at 26 minutes. And here is another panel. Here is me chatting after the conference.
Link to the summit is here.
The discount code for me is "speakerfriend".
Available on YouTube here.
Made available at the Facebook page of the Institute for Competitive Governance.
.FB link to talk.