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Intelligence^2: Debate | “Karl Marx Was Right”

We can’t say Karl Marx didn’t warn us: capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction. In their chase for ever higher profits, the capitalists shed workers for machines. The higher return on capital means that the share of profits rises and the share of wages falls, and soon the mass of the population isn’t …

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Aspen Institute: Deep Dive | A Hopeful Vision for America’s Economic Future

As Americans make the transition from the Industrial Age to a networked economy, smart choices could shape an economy very different from the one today. It could be one full of new opportunities, in which many more Americans can participate and thrive. But how might a networked economy be so different? What are the key …

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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2014 was awarded to Jean Tirole “for his analysis of market power and regulation”.  

CBS News: A real estate bubble in China?

On Monday, China surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy, according to World Bank estimates using Purchasing Power Parity. But its rapid growth may have created the largest housing bubble in history.  

Harvard: Discussion | Numbers and Politics: Using Economic Research in Immigration Reporting

Giovanni Peri, professor of economics, UC Davis, and research associate, the National Bureau of Economic Research Harry J. Holzer, professor of public policy, Georgetown University, and former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor Judith K. Gans, economist and manager of the Immigration Policy Program, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of …

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Harvard: Discussion | How Government Policies Affect the Internet Entrepreneur

Susan Crawford, the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at Harvard Law School, joined Stephen Kaufer, the President, CEO and co-founder of TripAdvisor, Inc. in a panel focusing on the role of government in technology and innovation. Archon Fung, the academic dean of the Harvard Kennedy School moderated the discussion surrounding the issues …

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Aspen Institute discussion: Global Trends That Will Affect us All: Are We Ready?

By 2030, no country is likely to be a globally hegemonic power, and four megatrends will have shaped international relations: accelerated individual empowerment; the continued rebalancing of the (economic) world; novel and diverging demographic patterns; and scarcity and uncertainty in global resources. Multinational companies — as well as multilateral organizations (World Bank, IMF) and NGOs …

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Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding

Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga, a citizen of Kenya, and her team pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops …

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Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity … …

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World Economic Forum: East Asia 2014 | Rethinking Economic Growth

Can growth, as the prime objective of the economic system, be made more inclusive and sustainable? Dimensions to be addressed: – Understanding economic limitations to define new growth models – Shifting policies and values to transition towards new growth models – Measuring growth beyond GDP to better reflect economic health Particpants: • Fu Jun, Executive …

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Columbia University discussion: Why Nations Succeed | The Building Blocks

Despite may years of research and interventions, the modern world is characterized by extraordinary wealth combined with widespread poverty and violence. This panel brings together respected scholars from Anthropology, Economics, Finance and Law to discuss the challenges before us and how their research may provide new ways to tackle these issues and build successful nations. …

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Yale discussion: Investors | The Next Big Thing

A presentation from the first alumni-organized and focused Yale Entrepreneurs and Investors Conference in San Francisco on May 9, 2014. This conversation features Yale alumni Roger McNamee (Elevation Partners and founder of Silver Lake Partners) and Donna Dubinsky (Former CEO of Palm, co-founder of Handspring, and co-founder of Numenta). The Yale Entrepreneurs & Investors Network …

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Christopher Caldwell: Can Europe be the same with different people in it?

Speaker: Christopher Caldwell Chair: Maurice Fraser This event was recorded on 5 May 2009 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House After a half-century of mass immigration, has Europe overestimated the need for immigrant labour and underestimated the culture shaping potential of religion? Christopher Caldwell is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard, and a regular …

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Harvard Institute of Politics: Generational Equity & The National Debt

Meredith Bagby, founder of the American Education Foundation, Linda Bimes, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Robert G. Romasco, President of the American Association of Retired Persons, Nick Troiano, co-founder of The Can Kicks Back, and Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute joined Trey Greyson, Director of the Institute of Politics for a discussion on …

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Niall Ferguson: The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, discussed the falling quality of American institutions in his talk entitled;The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; His book of the same name is available on Amazon. Ferguson focuses on China and the United States as examples of institutional improvement in the developing world …

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Japan’s Declining Population: Clearly a Problem, But What’s the Solution?

Four experts discuss Japan’s declining population at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. A problem that is was multidimensional: Japanese men continue to face the pressures of long hours at work, and are increasingly reluctant to marry; women are choosing to marry later, have less children, or not marry at all; the government has rejected immigration …

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Why the Federal Debt Still Matters: A Panel about our Fiscal Future

The Murphy Institute at Tulane University and the Campaign to Fix the Debt are co-sponsoring a conference on the federal debt Presenters: William Gale, Co-Director of the Tax Policy Center, Brookings Institution Paul Stebbins, Executive Chairman, World Fuel Services Corporation Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association Moderator: Steven Sheffrin, Director of the Murphy Institute …

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Panel Discussion: Six Degrees of Innovation: Investing in Green Technology

A panel discussion between Professor Richard Templer, Chris Hewett and Jan-Peter Onstwedder, chaired by Professor Michael Mainelli. The panellists start by examining the role of different sectors in green investment, and looking at the problems caused by political instability, a short-termist and excessively complex financial system, and difficulties in scaling up from prototypes to more …

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Ha-Joon Chang: Economics, But Not as You Know It

In Economics: The User’s Guide, which he will talk about in this public lecture, bestselling author Ha-Joon Chang explains how the global economy works, and why anyone can understand the dismal science. Unlike many economists who claim there is only one way of ‘doing economics’, he introduces readers to a wide range of economic theories, …

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Niall Ferguson: The Descent of Money

Professor Niall Ferguson lecture at New College of the Humanities on The Descent of Money. NCH is an independent university-level college based in central London.  

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