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Political Economy

Balancing Efficiency and Quality in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

To some, making education more efficient is simply a matter of better budget management and improved allocation of resources. But to many others, speaking in these terms at all when talking about a child's right to learn seems inappropriate.

Politics-Proof Economies?

Michael Spence | Posted 05.19.2014 | World
Michael Spence

There is little correlation between a country's relative economic performance in several dimensions and how "functional" its government is. In fact, in the six years since the global financial crisis erupted, the U.S. has outperformed advanced countries in terms of growth, unemployment, productivity, and unit labor costs, despite a record-high level of political polarization at the national level.

Supply Shock: The Journey

Brian Czech | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
Brian Czech

Writing a book is like going on a journey. You explore the terrain, make discoveries, meet interesting people, and maybe learn a new language. The longer the book-writing, the longer the journey.

The Economics of Peace: Can We Be Fair (without Love)?

Suna Senman | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Suna Senman

By giving immigrants equal access to the privileges of nationals, what seemed fair to policy makers seemed unfair to citizens such as Breivik. So fairness, being subjective, is not the glue that binds us. Love, in the form of genuine respect, is that glue.

10 Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From China

Ann Lee | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Ann Lee

Education is the most important foundation that the U.S. can invest in, and test scores across the country are rapidly falling behind the rest of the world. Instead of having children aspire to become reality television stars.

A Five-Point Checklist To Prepare for Another Global Crisis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Imagine you are minister of finance in an average developing country. Suddenly you learn that a new global crisis may be looming in the horizon.

Economist Mark Blyth: 2011 Will Be Worse... and Life Will Go On (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Mark Blyth is in the pub tonight, played by Sean Connery, as usual, and demonstrating again how far a man can go in political economy just by talking ...

On the Moral Depravity of Capitalism in 21 Tweets

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cynthia Boaz

I've thought a lot about it & have concluded that market capitalism is actually conducive to evil. It's not just a talking point.

The Political Economy of FIFA, With Vishwas Satgar (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Like the Beijing Olympics in Summer '08, this World Cup is a coming-out party, and a historic marker for Africa at the center of the maximum stage.

'13 Bankers': Beware Of Banana Peels

Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Simon Johnson

What we need is a change in the conventional wisdom in Washington, away from the idea that what is good for Wall Street is good for America, and toward the idea that we should be skeptical of the megabanks.

Haiti vs. Chile: The Earthquake Olympics

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Why did Chile suffer so much less than Haiti -- democracy? Capitalism? Divine intervention? The real real reasons for the disparity between the effects of the two quakes are considerably more prosaic.

The Post-Berlin Aftermath: Many Walls Still Need to Be Brought Down

Jean-Pierre Lehmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jean-Pierre Lehmann

While the Berlin Wall may have been torn down, there remain many walls that are defiantly standing and indeed new ones that have been erected.

A Promissory Note For the American Promise

Kit Gallant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kit Gallant

King argued that it was the distorted state of the most fundamental conception of American political and social economy that was, in and of itself, responsible for social and economic injustice.