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Economic Development

The Economic Argument Against Keystone XL

Sanjay Kapoor | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Sanjay Kapoor

If we are to stay below the 2°C temperature rise, we have to reverse this sense of inevitability, whether it is in the guise of pragmatism or complacency. To aggressively pursue a low-carbon economy, the Keystone XL pipeline is not just as good a place to start as any, but better. It is an infrastructure project -- yesterday's infrastructure.

Smart Cities: It's More Than Broadband

John M. Eger | Posted 04.21.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Given the realignment of power in the world -- from nations to cities to individuals -- what the city does or does not do can determine their community's success and survival, or its demise; and as such, will determine the nation's success or failure.

Time to End Fuel Subsidies

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What's wrong with using tax-payers' money to make energy more affordable for everyone? The first problem is that not "everyone" benefits equally. In the average developing country, two thirds of gasoline subsidies go to the rich and only 3 percent go to the poor.

Puerto Rico Set to Become Medical Tourism Hub

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

As I've said before, Puerto Rico's legitimacy as a major destination for business is often tarnished by its unfortunate fiscal deficit. Business media outlets' fixation with the island's debt has completely overshadowed Puerto Rico's unprecedented drive for economic development.

Land Rights: One Key to Women's Economic Empowerment

Anika Rahman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Anika Rahman

When women own land, we are better off. In 2005, after conducting case studies in Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Ghana and the Lao People's Democratic Republic, the World Bank concluded that having a protected right to land can increase women's access to food, water and safety.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

Teddy's Letters

Stan Duncan | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Stan Duncan

This week the President, Vice President, legislators of both parties, and friends and family near and far gathered in Boston for the opening of the new "Edward Kennedy Institute of Politics."

Entrepreneurship Is Like Riding a Bike

Ray Leach | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Ray Leach

As a venture development organization (VDO) based in northeast Ohio, we at JumpStart often get asked why entrepreneurs in fly-over regions like ours face more challenges than they do on the coasts. In fact, we get this question so often that we sat down and made this short video, telling the story using a very simple analogy: riding a bicycle.

Time to Tackle Unpaid Care

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

It doesn't seem to matter whether you live in the United States, Uruguay or Uganda -- whether you are in the so-called developed world or developing world -- if you are a woman, it's more than likely you will bear the brunt when it comes to providing unpaid care.

As Support For China-Led Development Bank Grows, U.S. Urges Collaboration

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is proposing that a new Chinese-led development bank over which Washington ha...

Egypt Economic Promises

Richard Attias | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Richard Attias

With one of the most educated middle-class populations in the Arab world, Egypt does not only rely on its touristic advantages to ensure its economic take-off. Its strategic position as a true hub between Africa, Asia and the Middle East gives it a central role to play.

Sustainability Begins in Sendai

A View from the United Nations | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
A View from the United Nations

Japan occupies a special place in the recent history of human development because of its early support for the idea that reducing disaster risk is essential if we are to make progress on sustainable development.

Tunisia: An Opportunity

Toni Verstandig | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Toni Verstandig

In Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, hope springs eternal.

Safety for Women and Girls: Protection Strategies for a Healthful World

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Safety is not linear; to ensure that a clinic can cope with a medical emergency such as the Ebola crisis and continue to handle routine care requires substantial strengthening of an entire health system.

Europe's Woes and the World's Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What does the sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc mean for the Eurozone? Will Russia's financial distress spill over to its neighbors? How those questions are answered will affect some of the world's richest countries -- the likes of France, Germany, and Italy. Usually ignored, it will also affect some of the poorest.

Can You Have Robots, Hoverboards, and Secular Stagnation? Andreessen v. Summers

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

Marc Andreessen is wrong, and it ties into his wrongness about Piketty. Technology can be a very good complement to labor, or a very good substitute for labor.

Can Shopping Local Save Detroit?

Amanda Gregory | Posted 04.22.2015 | Detroit
Amanda Gregory

If there is one thing in abundance in Detroit, it's saviors. From financiers to philanthropists to entrepreneurs, we have as many saviors as we do vacant lots. As a recovering participant in the "save Detroit" movement, let me tell you there is no one person, no one plan, no one answer for Detroit. And, more importantly Detroit doesn't need to be saved.

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Melissa Kushner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new.

Port Authority's Brooklyn Port Facilities Should Be Reimagined

Carol Kellermann | Posted 04.05.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Why not imagine how this property could better enhance the community? What's the harm in thinking about ways to do that? Why continue to lose money at these two facilities when those losses are not necessary?

Weaving Hope in East Africa

To The Market | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
To The Market

All Across Africa is founded on the principle of fighting global poverty through providing economic independence. "Our first and primary focus is to create jobs that change lives."

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Focus on the Finances of Sexual Health

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

Just imagine how different Marites Garcia's life could have been if she had been able to stay at school to finish her education and had been able to plan her family so she'd only have had two children. She would have been able to get a job to feed and educate them.

Economic Opportunity for Women in Rural Afghanistan: A Survivor Story

To The Market | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
To The Market

ARZU means "hope" in Dari, one of Afghanistan's official languages. For the female employees of ARZU Studio Hope, however, it means more than hope -- it means opportunity.

Cheap Oil and the Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Depending on the model economists use and the assumptions they make, they estimate a net stimulus that ranges from small to very small. But, behind the word "net," lies a wide spectrum of gains, pains, people, and policies.

The Idea Revolution: How Youth of Color Will Build Our Future

Brandon Hill | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Brandon Hill

What if I told you that the cure for cancer will come from the mind of a Hispanic girl in South Central Los Angeles? Or that the invention that will replace the Internet will come from the imagination of a Black boy from Harlem?