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Dead Aid: A Look Into Africa's Poverty

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

These trillion dollars have also resulted in the lack of viable mechanisms for development, such as a market economy and the emergence of entrepreneurs. All this comes together to explain a complete lack of investment and infrastructure, the perpetuation of poverty, in a nutshell.

Leading Conservative Economists Exposed as Frauds; Conservatives Defend Them

Eric Zuesse | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

The fracas that the fraudulent "research" paper by leading Harvard conservative economists Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart has generated, is going ...

Viva La (Smartphone?) Revolucion

Sarah Hall | Posted 06.19.2013 | Technology
Sarah Hall

In places like America, many of us take for granted that we walk around every day with a pocket sized source of limitless information and decision making companion.

LOOK: Why Anyone In Their Right Mind Wants To Work On Wall Street

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business

Sometimes it's hard to remember why anyone would want to work on Wall Street, what with the long hours, popular scorn and legal entanglements involved...

Maduro Wins Narrowly on Chávez Record; Close Election Is a Wake-up Call for the Government

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Mark Weisbrot

After a short but bitterly fought, insult-laden campaign, Chavista standard-bearer Nicolás Maduro defeated challenger Henrique Capriles, thus assuring continuity in Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chávez last month.

Why Is There Minimal Public Transportation in Major Cities of the USA?

Quora | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Erik Madsen, Economics PhD Student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business The premise o...

Ego Climate: Human Dysfunction Is Holding Up Sustainability

Shayne Hughes | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Shayne Hughes

Five years ago, experts were obsessed with peak oil; now we have more natural gas than we know what to do with. It is clear that we have -- or are on the verge of developing -- all the technology necessary to respond to climate change. And that's where the pessimism kicks in.

Draft Law in Venezuela Is the Private Sector's Death Knell

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Joel D. Hirst

A new legislative proposal quickly moving through Venezuela's National Assembly gives new force to that country's 'socialist' government's war on the private sector.

Crackpot Realism and the Education of David Stockman

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

The cultural hegemony of the moneyed classes enables them to use the mass media and elite institutions as a transmission belt for these economic ideas.

Fiduciary Duty to Cheat? Famed Short Seller Jim Chanos Reveals the Perverse New Mindset of Financial Fraudsters

Lynn Parramore | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Lynn Parramore

I caught up with Chanos in his New York office to ask what's driving the current era of rampant fraud, who is to blame, what can be done, and the ways in which fraud costs us financially and socially.

For Climate Change Solution, Look to Yesterday's GOP

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 03.28.2013 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

In the 1980s the GOP lead the charge in favor of the idea of using markets to control pollution. Moderate Republicans (of which there were a significant number) opted for dealing with environmental problems with economic tools that employ price signals to keep air and water clean.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... an "It" Bag

Edward M. Epstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Edward M. Epstein

I've never actually seen a Hermès Birkin bag. Most of what I know about these accessories, which I'm told go for as much as $150,000 each, is based on Mark Khaisman's colored packing tape mock-ups, now on view at Philadelphia's Pentimenti gallery.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 3

Debra Devi | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

On my Mississippi Delta book tour for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu I met people working together to develop a blues tourism industry with the potential to economically rescue the Delta -- the poorest region in our nation.

The Downhill Race to Save Winter

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

Our children are experiencing a spiraling downhill decline to winter. But there's hope!


Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

Is it possible that advancing technology will permit us to end poverty, sickness, and other serious problems?

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 2

Debra Devi | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

"They say that so-called twelve-bar stuff is the black man's blues and country western of that day was the white man's blues, but there's a very thin line between the two musics. Only difference is the beat, and the bars to some extent, but the stories of happiness, sadness, being lonesome. All that was the same."

Sequester Dirties the Air

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The average American may not be aware of how these sequester cuts will impact the air that they breathe. Perhaps, most surprising to them, would be how the affected programs that reduce air pollution will shape the state of national health for everyone.

Sequestration, Scarcity and America's Values

Mark Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Mark Moore

We have long been reminded of scarcity of oil, and more recently scarcity of water has been at the forefront of our minds. Perhaps the scariest of all scarcity issues is food, where Malthusian projections of calamity have long loomed with concerns of an overpopulated planet.

How the Internet Is Changing Music (Feat. Amanda Palmer on Vocals)

Rob Brooks | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Rob Brooks

Sometimes I think I can hear the internet as it relentlessly changes everything. But the sound of the internet changing everything grows most audible in and around the music industry.

6 Republican Talking Points That Economists Say Are Totally Bogus

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.08.2013 | Business

The Obama administration and Congressional Republicans have been at odds about the budget for years. That may be because politics and economics don't ...

Worker Slowdown in Global Warming World

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.07.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Clearly folks don't work so well when it gets hot and humid. So bottom line: labor productivity is on a downward spiral.

The Future of Learning Is Hard to Predict

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maria Voles Ferguson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?

Dirty Little Secrets

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Lisa Longo

Think about it, if oil and gas is really that good for us, why is the American Petroleum Institute and natural gas alliance spending millions to convince you?

Will Pot Save a Bush-Obama County From the Sequester's Impact?

David Dent | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
David Dent

They have nothing to fear in the sequester. After all, they have marijuana and much experience with the perils of poverty.

The Not-So-Curious Economics of Art

David Galenson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

Art experts enjoy claiming that markets for fine art have no logic. Are art markets in fact irrational? Hardly.