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News You Really Need To See: “Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes”

“Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes” The New York Times, April 25, 2016 “Disenchantment with the political mainstream is no surprise.  But research to be unveiled this week by four leading academic economists suggests that the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Palestine Delusion on College Campuses

March 14, 2016 by Darius  “From the river to the sea, our country will be free!” That’s heard constantly at pro-Palestine protests and posted on social media. As a slogan, it’s pithy, quotable, and even catchy—and also something that should … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks”

“Perfect Storm Guts African Food Stocks” The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2015, p.A14 http://www.wsj.com/articles/severe-droughts-leave-africans-hungry-and-desperate-1443137463 “Ann Alinga points dejectedly to her family’s smallholding of sorghum and sunflower fields, ravaged by Africa’s worst dry spell in two decades.  Like many in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: India’s Ire Bringing Nepal to Its Knees

Sept. 29, 2015 by Darius  A week after adopting its first-ever constitution, Nepal is facing a fuel shortage so severe that the Nepali government has imposed driving restrictions based on the last digit of motorists’ license plates. Why has the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics,” The Book

Sept. 1, 2015 by Darius  The basic premise of economics is that people act in their own best interest. But in the real world, do they? That question underpins the field of behavioral economics. I recently read Misbehaving: The Making … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt”

“Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt” The Associated Press, August 30, 2015 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fc84c97ac51440e09c0e1a4deddc4ae8/eni-says-its-found-supergiant-natural-gas-field-egypt “The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a ‘supergiant’ natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the ‘largest-ever’ found … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Yuan Move Rattles Africa”

“Yuan Move Rattles Africa” The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2015, p.A6 http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-currency-move-rattles-african-economies-1439803981 “The shock waves from China’s surprise yuan devaluation are ricocheting through African economies, sending currencies tumbling and stoking anxiety that the continent’s biggest trading partner might be … Continue reading

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