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Thanksgiving and Social Security: Different Reasons for Welcoming Syrian Refugees

Nancy Altman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Today, we are faced with the same choice we have confronted in the past -- whether to give into fear and prejudice or align ourselves with our highest ideals.

The Domination of Black Friday-ism

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

One of the dominant ideologies that now surrounds Black Friday seems to be both loud and clear: Our value as human beings is often dictated by our capacity to produce and consume.

Where There's A Will There's a Way

Michael Farr | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

If the full extent of the budgetary problems are not well understood, how can we be in a position to address the problems?

How I Got There: Jan Svejnar

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Lan Anh Vu

Jan Svejnar is the 2015 winner of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, widely regarded as the most prestigious science award in the field. Svejnar is Director of the center on global economic governance and Professor of global political economy at Columbia University.

What Can We Really Know About The Future Of Stock Prices?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Talking to Frydman is a bit like entering a fascinating meditation on the limits of knowledge and the nature of truth. Having lived through the failure of centralized planning in communist Poland, he is particularly sensitive to the hubris of believing that the future can be exactly mapped.

I Am an Asian, Non-Racist, Non-Violent BU Student and I Actively Support #ConcernedStudent1950

Olivia Deng | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Olivia Deng

College serves many purposes -- to educate, to prepare students for careers, and to provide a place for students to develop networks and form friendships. College is also a place to challenge conventions and catalyze meaningful change.

An Open Apology To Smart Women Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business

Last night I was in one of those hip Manhattan restaurants where the tables are crammed so close together you are basically on top of the neighboring...

Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Andre Averbug

What is the common ground between the economic prosperity of the Netherlands in the XVII-XVIII centuries, nineteenth century England, twentieth century U.S. and, more recently, countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Israel?

Oikos: The Origins of Economic Thought

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

I wonder, what are the structural issues that lead us to re-enact unhelpful patterns of the past? What is the underlying blind spot that, if illuminated, could help us to see the hidden structures below the waterline?

James and The Giant Sneetches Teaches Us a Thing or Two About the Psychology of Market Driven Economics

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Kay Tacke Morse

My friend James has sculpted a big glorious life out of clay mixed of abundance and brilliance. He buys, grows, sells, creates and sculpts companies. He grows people too. He teaches them how to be better versions of themselves, with his wisdom.

A Campus for Entrepreneurs in Europe

Benjamin Rohé | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Benjamin Rohé

I interviewed Professor Rocholl to find out more about the role that ESMT, through the creation of GTEC, hopes to play in promoting tech entrepreneurship in Europe and beyond.

How the Science of Human Behavior Is Beginning to Reshape the U.S. Government

The Conversation US | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

When we ignore the limitations of human rationality and the systematic errors those limitations produce, we end up designing policies that are logical but don't end up working well for the people they're supposed to serve.

I (Shall Happily) Accept the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics on Behalf of Satoshi Nakamoto

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Bhagwan Chowdhry

I am completely serious in suggesting Satoshi Nakamoto for the Prize. The invention of bitcoin -- a digital currency -- is nothing short of revolutionary.

Should You Buy or Rent Your Home? The Answer Is More Complex Than You Think

Ken Johnson | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Ken Johnson

Whether they should they rent or buy a home is one of the toughest financial decisions Americans face. The factors at play in making this decision revolve around not only where you are, but also who you are.

The Ultimate Buzz Kill? Climate Change Drives Down Sex Drive

A. Siegel | Posted 11.03.2015 | Green
A. Siegel

We've known that climate change threatens agricultural productivity, infrastructure near oceans, human health, biodiversity, national security, allergy sufferers, economic output, beer, chocolate and coffee, wine, whiskey, cherry blossoms, maple syrup and, oh by the way, human civilization... but sex? Now we're talking about something serious.

Free Markets Ideology Is Making Society Sick

The Alternative Banking Group of OWS | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
The Alternative Banking Group of OWS

Free market ideology has so pervaded our culture that we aren't even aware of it. It is incorporated in the very language we use to discuss anything vaguely economic.

Want to Grow the Economy? Time to Unleash the Devil.

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Adair Turner discusses his new book, Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance and the critical questions -- and radical solutions -- that can help lift the economy for everyone.

One Suggestion to Address Our Ecological Crises

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

If you are a student of the environment, then you may have some idea of the reasons for our current ecological crises. Unprecedented human exploitation of Earth's natural resources is the overt culprit of environmental degradation, but not all use is bad.

Of Fools and Free Markets

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.

Why Can't Women 'Lean In?' Politics and Economics, That's Why

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Hippo Reads

Sandberg, while she advocates women's career advancement, is careful not to comment on structural discrimination or disadvantage, and careful not to advocate for meaningful change in terms of how society values care.

The Atlantic Casts an Early Vote for More of the Same

Caleb Brooks | Posted 10.27.2015 | Media
Caleb Brooks

Given their typically unprolific publishing pace, The Atlantic and its subsidiary, Quartz, snuck in what amounted to a relative barrage of jabs at Bernie Sanders around midday on Monday.

Resettling Syrian Refugees Won't Destroy The US Economy

Matthew La Corte | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

As the U.S. plans to resettle 10,000 Syrians next year, many are eyeing the news with concern. Yet economic evidence clearly suggests that, despite upfront costs, the long-run impact of resettlement will be neutral -- and could actually trigger modest economic stimulus.

Another Shot of Steroids From the Central Bank Doctors

Sara Zervos | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Sara Zervos

Back in 2008, the global economy was severely injured, and policymakers have been struggling to provide the right medicine to heal it.

China and the One-Two Punch

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Edward Goldberg

This is a radically new concept in political culture; power in a country is no longer solely derived from the king, the dictator, the elites, the party or even the direct electoral consent of the governed, but from the economic well being of the governed.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.