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Karl Muth
Karl Muth is a commentator, consultant, economist, and legal academic. He spends much of the year at his home about fifty miles from the border separating Uganda from Southern Sudan, where he writes, hosts friends, experiments in the kitchen, has adventures, and tends to a small plot of crops. He also maintains a home in London, where he endures English weather and avoids English cuisine.

Karl's interests include the economics of governance, investor and investment environments, stratification and gentrification, risk mitigation, and other topics. His thoughts have appeared in a wide range of media, from The Journal of Private Equity to the Oprah Winfrey Show to various law journals and law reviews.

Karl studied law in the Netherlands and in the United States and holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, the latter with a concentration in Economics from The University of Chicago; he is currently writing the M.Phil./Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. Karl is an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he also serves on the Admissions Committee.

Karl’s writings reflect Karl's views only and do not represent the perspectives or opinions of institutions with which he is affiliated.

Blog Entries by Karl Muth

An Economist Asks: Who Made Money On 9/11?

Posted September 20, 2011 | 02:13:40 (EST)

It's September 21. Exactly ten years ago today, an investigation began at the SEC, FBI, and other agencies into trades made by the architects of the 9/11 to profit financially from those attacks. Ten years later, the SEC and partner law enforcement agencies have uncovered no publicly-available evidence, made no...

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Economics on Two Wheels

Posted August 29, 2011 | 02:04:42 (EST)

In Uganda, I sometimes leave my home in the morning and head toward town on a motorcycle taxi, or boda-boda. This morning, I left my compound with Tristan Burger, my research assistant, who needed to take a bus to Kampala. We took two boda-bodas to rendezvous with the bus. These...

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New Management Wanted for the Italian Job: Somalia

Posted August 23, 2011 | 16:39:01 (EST)

Somalia's story is one in search of a happy ending. The remains of an Italian experiment in Africa the size of California, Oregon, and Washington combined, Somalia has no government, few resources, and limited prospects for development. Nearly every change in Somalia has been marked by violence, which destroyed what...

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Drawing Lines: An Unapologetically Liberal Answer

Posted August 4, 2011 | 20:00:00 (EST)

During a recent visit to America, I stopped by the University of Chicago to meet with a colleague and ran into a student. We discussed his experience, how much I enjoyed my time there as a student, and the concepts I hope to communicate to students as an Executive-in-Residence at...

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Posted July 24, 2011 | 20:00:00 (EST)

Let's talk a bit about hybrid vehicles, shall we?

Why are hybrids bad?

Well, hybrids aren't bad. They are hugely better than most of the cars of the 1970's and 1980's, which were generally less safe, less reliable, and less fuel-efficient than today's hybrids. Note that I don't say...

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What's $2 per Day, Anyway?

Posted July 6, 2011 | 12:57:20 (EST)

The world of development economics (and its constituency of development economists) may seem strange to outsiders. Stranger still is the place our work, as economists living and working in the developing world, meets the institutions, policies, and products that may someday trace their intellectual ancestry to our research.

In part...

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