World Bank Brings in an Economics Upstart

Paul Romer, the bank's new chief economist, is a great choice for finding solutions for the slowdown in global productivity.

He knows what you're thinking.

Photographer: Abhijit Bhatlekat/Mint/getty images

Having lunch with New York University economist Paul Romer is quite an experience.  Halfway through each sentence of mine, he starts smiling and nodding. That’s when I know he’s already thought about whatever it is I’m going to say. As soon as I’ve finished the sentence, he begins his polite, friendly and invariably insightful response. See, it’s really hard to think of something Paul Romer hasn’t thought about before.

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