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Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.

What Does the Informal Sector Mean for Global Economic Growth?

John Sullivan | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
John Sullivan

The informal sector -- those businesses and entrepreneurs who work outside of the formal market economy -- is huge and largely undocumented in most developing economies.

Investing in Egypt's Future

John Sullivan | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
John Sullivan

Three major economic issues will have a profound effect on the success of Egypt's revolution: tourism, debt renegotiation, and the power of the informal sector.

'The Destruction of Economic Facts'

BusinessWeek | Hernando De Soto | Posted 06.30.2011 | Business

he results are hardly surprising. In the U.S., trust has broken down between banks and subprime mortgage holders; between foreclosing agents and court...

Ilan Stavans' Magnum Opus: After 13 Years, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature Is Here

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joshua Kors

I make my books for elite audiences, mainstream audiences, families in the barrio. That's not a contradiction. It's a full life.

Putin Plays Microsoft

Robert Hahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert Hahn

Microsoft's unwitting collaboration with Putin illustrates a broader phenomenon in the third world whose political leadership is more inclined to take its inspiration from Robert Mugabe than from John Locke.

Words Apart

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Microfinance's intellectual debate could be healthy but it oftentimes ends up in intellectual wars that forsake the ultimate goal: the alleviation of extreme poverty.

Why Barack Obama Cannot Prevent America's Next Great Depression

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sheldon Filger

President Obama may be fated to travel the same path as Gorbachev, and like him, end up as a valiant failure.

Rising Transparency -- One Way to Avoid Massive Market Failure

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Winston

A renewed transparency drive may be fueled by the latest emotional issue of the day -- executive pay and bonuses. Let's list everyone who got these bonuses and let the court of public opinion be the judge.