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The Great Rebalancing

Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy
Narrated by: A.T. Chandler
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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China's economic growth is sputtering, the Euro is under threat, and the United States is combating serious trade disadvantages. Another Great Depression? Not quite. Noted economist and China expert Michael Pettis argues instead that we are undergoing a critical rebalancing of the world economies. Debunking popular misconceptions, Pettis shows that severe trade imbalances spurred on the recent financial crisis and were the result of unfortunate policies that distorted the savings and consumption patterns of certain nations. Pettis examines the reasons behind these destabilizing policies, and he predicts severe economic dislocations--a lost decade for China, the breaking of the Euro, and a receding of the U.S. dollar--that will have long-lasting effects.

Pettis explains how China has maintained massive--but unsustainable--investment growth by artificially lowering the cost of capital. He discusses how Germany is endangering the Euro by favoring its own development at the expense of its neighbors. And he looks at how the U.S. dollar's role as the world's reserve currency burdens America's economy. Although various imbalances may seem unrelated, Pettis shows that all of them--including the U.S. consumption binge, surging debt in Europe, China's investment orgy, Japan's long stagnation, and the commodity boom in Latin America--are closely tied together, and that it will be impossible to resolve any issue without forcing a resolution for all.

Demonstrating how economic policies can carry negative repercussions the world over, The Great Rebalancing sheds urgent light on our globally linked economic future.

©2013 Princeton University Press (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Brutally rational and lucid

This is not an easy read. However it is perhaps one of the most important books of the last decade or two. A must read for anyone that wants to know root causes on where the global economy has been, stands and is headed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-2019

Outstanding book

A must read for all economists in the world. Different and sensible global economic theory

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  • Basar Ergun
  • 20-01-2017

A must book!

A must book for whose interested in finance, economy and geopolitics or world matters. Although the performance is excellent i recommend the paper or kindle version since the topics sometimes require reading back as well as seeing the formulas.

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  • Yuri
  • 18-02-2015

Deep and professional while easy to understand.

What did you love best about The Great Rebalancing?

It's deep and professional, while also written in easy to understand language with many examples that really clarify the subject. It's also free from hidden advertisements - no references to paid web sites etc...

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It describes the current economic situation in objective and balanced way, including some non so intuitive economical matters in simple ways.

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  • DS
  • 24-10-2015

Calling all Republicans

This is for everyone who thinks they understand (but really doesn't)
balance of trade
exchange rates
interest rates
or for anyone who is worried about China or India or some other emerging market
or for anyone who thinks importing stuff from China is a bad thing for the US
or is worried about trade deficits

This is a really good book, might be worth a second read.

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  • raymond taptue
  • 06-08-2019

amazing book.. love it.

it could not be possible to explain trade imbalance better.. I loved it. amazing
the world need to a better system to accommodate growing need of efficient allocation of scarce resources.

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  • Adrian J. Smith
  • 16-06-2019

Excellent account of world trade

Michael Pettis displays a sound understanding of the global economy and illustrates how economic behaviour in one country causes reverberations in another.
Essentially, important points to take home is that the Dollar as a reserve currency is more of an exorbitant burden than an exorbitant privilege for the US, and that Germany's policy exacts pressure upon peripheral Eurozone countries.
Pettis offers sound arguments against cultural stereotypes of countries alleged to be virtuous, hardworking and thrifty, as opposed to those stereotyped as being lazy and living beyond one's means.
The only complaint is the narrator A.T. Chandler really should have taken the very small effort to learn the basic rules of Pinyin and Chinese pronunciation, as almost every Chinese name is incorrectly pronounced, including Chongqing. This is the only let down in what is otherwise an excellent piece of work.