Video: The next big ideas of six financial luminaries

December 1, 2010

In conjunction with her essay in Foreign Policy‘s Top Global Thinkers issue, Chrystia interviewed six of the financial luminaries that made the list:

MIT’s Daron Acemoglu, Yale’s Robert Shiller, PIMCO’s Mohamed El-Erian, Columbia’s Joseph Stiglitz, the University of Chicago’s Raghuram Rajan, and NYU’s Nouriel Roubini.

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Reuters and Foreign Policy will be showing these interviews over the next coming days.  This one is a compilation of the above six global thinkers.

Posted by Peter Rudegeair.


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This kind of “out-of-the-box” thinking is interesting and sometimes leads to great invention. One of the commenters emphasized social or sociatal factors that may be as significant as economic and financial factors when trying to understand the whole economic picture. By this I don’t refer the to shop-worn rich vs. poor argument. What I think may be important to understand better is why in certain developing countries we find young people aggressively seeking professional success in fields like engineering and medicine, while in the US (and possibly elsewhere in the west), they seem gravitate more to finance and management (or no profession at all).

For example, at the university from which I was graduated in engineering many years ago, the proportion of foreign (mostly Asian) engineering students and faculty has and continues to steadily increase. I don’t begrudge this or the individual ambition it represents. I simply wonder how the US and similar societies expect to sustain themselves as technological leaders while the interests of their young people seem to be elswhere (and perhaps to some extent frivilously) engaged.

Posted by John-B | Report as abusive

I wonder if the increase of foreign students studying engineering and science is due to a lack of interest by American students or simply because foreign students are willing to pay more. It is financially more profitable for colleges to acquire foreign students than Americans and I think this is a problem. I know many foreigners who study here in the states. Most of them are from wealthy families and pay quite a bit more to study here. Then they return to their countries when they graduate, not because they can’t stay here but because they got what they came here for, a quality education. Perhaps we should save those empty seats for our citizens first.

Posted by Blackbird1996 | Report as abusive

The knowledge and ideas shared by some of these 2010 Global Thinkers, provides a unique perspective that draw our knowledge towards what Mr. Roubini termed as G-0. One of the question I find missing in these discussion is “what should the head of states in emerging markets do in ensuring a rule of law and enhancing there economic vulnerability to manage future economic crisis?” i’ll be glad is someone can answer this.

Posted by Fostereconomics | Report as abusive