Advanced Economies

RHG’s advanced economies team analyzes the shocks and challenges confronting higher-income mature economies.  Assessing the declining commercial and political dominance of the incumbent economic leaders requires a multi-disciplinary approach and insights derived equally from quantitative analysis, political assessment and frequent interactions with policymakers.

Senior Associate Jacob Funk Kirkegaard leads Rhodium Group’s advanced economies analysis, while spearheading analysis at the Peterson Institute for International Economics on ongoing European predicaments.  He speaks widely on topics including debt sustainability, pension and healthcare systems, cross-border trade and investment, demographic trends, immigration, and labor market developments, and is the author or co-author of The Accelerating Decline in America’s High-Skilled Workforce (2007), US Pension Reform: Lessons from Other Countries (2009), and Transforming the European Economy (2004).

RHG retainer clients receive all Advanced Economies research and have regular direct interaction with and access to Jacob and his team. Clients also engage RHG for special projects using innovative approaches and a wide range of methodologies. We cover issues including advance economy government finances; debt sustainability in the public, corporate and household sectors; pension and healthcare systems; trade, investment and capital flows; cross-border financial sector regulatory trends; long-term demographic developments; cyclical vs. structural labor market trends; and workforce skills and productivity developments. Jacob is a frequent speaker for high-level audiences including corporate and government boards, top-level managers, strategic planners and portfolio managers.


Ten Lessons from the Scottish Referendum

by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard

The 55 percent majority that rejected Scottish independence was perhaps not so lopsided as to banish all Scottish nationalist dreams of another vote someday. But it was more decisive than many opinion polls had predicted. At least 10 lessons can be drawn from the process. ...