Global Animus

posted by Lyric Hughes Hale on January 16, 2017 - 2:40pm

Animus has two meanings, hostility and motivation and both apply today to the world economy in 2017.  Two events in January are of special note. 

As a past participant at meetings of the World Economic Forum at Davos, I have been a keen observer of its evolution.  Once the focal point of the animus behind globalization, the WEF has even asked if it is some way responsible for the populist reaction against Davos Man. Last weekend, I attended the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, and I found that the ideas presented there to 5000 economists were at least as compelling as the discussions that take place between global leaders and the business elite in Switzerland. Both are conversations worth listening to because they are likely to be impactful. 

If you missed the AEA meeting, and if you can’t go to Davos next week, you can still participate.  A link to the ASSA will allow you to download many of the papers presented in Chicago.

The Davos live stream is below and we will feature specific events throughout the coming week in the EconVue spotlight.