August 17th, 2015
Episode 328 of 643 episodes
Following last week's 3% slide in the yuan, we examine what's really behind the move. Linda Yueh of Oxford University and the London Business School joins us in the studio, and we hear from Randy Schriver, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs under the Bush administration, about the hostile political reaction from the US. But, Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, argues that the US is itself to blame for the surprise cut in the value of the yuan. He says Washington and the IMF have for years been placing too much pressure on China to track the value of the dollar, just as they tried to control the Japanese yen in the 1970s and 1980s. Japan slipped into deflation, he says, it's important China doesn't do the same. Also in the programme, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times argues that real estate agents aren't as bad as many Britons tend to think. (Picture: Chinese financial trader; Credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut explore how design works within complex organizations to shape decisions, ideas, products, and more. Guests include clients from many industries and designers in many fields. Recorded at the Yale School of Management.