China's Economy: Does Size Matter?
China's economy will overtake the US as the world's largest this year, according to a grouping of the world’s leading statistical agencies called the International Comparison Program. We'll be asking if that matters, and discussing whether we're just too focused on numbers. Is there more to economic power than statistical superlatives?
Our guests this week are George Magnus, an author and the former chief economist at the investment bank UBS; Ting Zhang, founder and CEO of the consultancy China Business Solutions; Jeffrey Frankel, professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University; Gurcharan Das, author, commentator and former CEO of Procter and Gamble India; and Dr Kent Deng, associate professor in Economic History at the London School of Economics.
Plus, amid all the talk of economic superpowers, our resident comedian Colm O'Regan wonders if Ireland can teach the world a few lessons when it comes to soft power.