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A few weeks ago, I started a weekly blog/column in Businessweek, “Small World.”  This week’s piece is about the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the opportunity it presents for the US to use trade talks to level the playing field for anti-smoking efforts.  That rather than the traditional approach: helping manufacturers of the only consumer product that kills if used as directed open up new markets with limited regulation and low retail taxes on tobacco.  It relies heavily on the research of Thomas Bollyky, a former CGD colleague now at the Council on Foreign Relations.  He did a CGD wonkcast on the issue last year.

And if you like that, might I recommend recent columns on IMF governance (which discusses Arvind Subramanian’s book) or the Big Mac Theory of development (featuring a paper by Michael Clemens)?

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