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Presidential perspectives on political economy in Micronesia

Ben Graham co-authored a chapter of the new ADB report ‘The Political Economy of Economic Reform in the Pacific‘. Here, he shares some insights from his research. On a late 1996 afternoon in the Marshall Islands, during a heated Cabinet discussion about an ongoing reduction-in-force effort in government, an elderly President interrupted his economic advisor with a simple yet powerful question. “Excuse me. Have you ever run a country?” The advisor and the room fell silent… So I am told. I was not there and […] Continue reading

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