Monthly Archives: August 2019

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    Screen size matters: people understand the news less when they read it on their phones

Screen size matters: people understand the news less when they read it on their phones

Media consumption is increasingly conducted on-the-go. Whether its binge-watching episodes of Stranger Things, social networking, or watching the news, there’s an app for that. And ongoing improvements in smartphones, wireless coverage, network connectivity and speed make doing all these things on mobile devices more than possible; for many it’s preferable.
Industry trends are indicative. The global proliferation of smartphones is […]

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    Portugal, Spain and Italy would benefit the most from further EU institutional integration

Portugal, Spain and Italy would benefit the most from further EU institutional integration

Over the last three decades, euro area countries have experienced profound economic, financial and institutional changes, plus diverse shocks. Growth has been volatile, and almost missing, in some countries. In this study we have assembled a rich panel to find which factors might have played a role in stirring growth, and/or reducing it in the short and long run.

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Why people of colour are on their guard in the workplace

Women and men from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds suffer from an ‘emotional tax’ in Canadian workplaces, according to research from Catalyst. “I don’t feel like I’m the insider,” said one respondent. In the study of men and women in Canada, 77 per cent of women and men of colour interviewed shared distressing stories of exclusion in the workplace. […]

August 29th, 2019|Gender|0 Comments|
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    We need to appreciate privacy as a value that protects social goods

We need to appreciate privacy as a value that protects social goods

Privacy has usually been defined in terms of an individual’s space, necessary for meeting the person’s vital interests. The central concept in these discussions is autonomy, a core value in our society. The best way to connect the two concepts is to consider privacy as a tool that fosters and encourages autonomy. Privacy contributes to the demarcation of a […]

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    Leaders are more likely to empower employees with a proactive personality

Leaders are more likely to empower employees with a proactive personality

As the business landscape continues to evolve and pressures to remain competitive mount, organisations are increasingly recognising that their employees are key to realising strong firm performance and ultimately, competitive advantage. It is no surprise, then, that organisations are making considerable investments in programs designed to promote employee empowerment. Perhaps the gold standard when it comes to employee empowerment, […]

Why No-Deal Brexit is a battle for the soul of our nation

We are careening towards the most extreme form of Brexit imaginable – flouncing out of the European Union (EU) after 46 years, without any transition plan. Operation Yellowhammer, a leaked secret report from the government’s own officials predicted that the outcome of this “No Deal Brexit” would be shortages of medicines and fresh foods, civil unrest and transport chaos. […]

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    What if the failure of a business strategy is due to its flawed design?

What if the failure of a business strategy is due to its flawed design?

It is fashionable to attribute the failure of a business strategy to its poor execution: “It was a great strategy, but the team totally bungled its implementation.” Some people even state that implementing a winning strategy is tougher than coming up with one in the first place.

While the strategy-execution gap is real, we find that many supposedly great strategies […]

August 26th, 2019|Management, Strategy|0 Comments|
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    …and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year – Book Review

…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year – Book Review

…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year. Michael Hudson. ISLET. 2018.

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The Rosetta stone is famous for providing insight into the Ancient Egyptian language. It contains three versions of a decree issued by King Ptolemy V (196 BC), one of which was written in Ancient Greek. […]

August 25th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Gender equality improves life satisfaction for men and women

Gender equality improves life satisfaction for men and women

Over the past several decades, countries around the world have made significant progress in advancing women’s social, economic, and political rights. The United Nations has even made gender equality one of its Sustainable Development Goals for the next decade, recognising that women’s rights are important not merely for equality’s sake, but that they are also fundamental for achieving other […]

August 24th, 2019|Gender|0 Comments|
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    Compact cities have many advantages – clean air isn’t one of them

Compact cities have many advantages – clean air isn’t one of them

Air pollution is bad for us. We all know that polluted air is detrimental to our health and recent research shows that it can also affect our performance in education, productivity at work and even our safety. This has important implications for our cities. Why? Because air pollution is primarily an urban problem. It is in large cities and their urban cores where we typically experience the worst air quality. As a result, the economist’s textbook description of urbanisation lists air pollution as one of […]

Are you allowed to augment my reality?

In 2016, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. asked people to stop playing Pokémon GO inside the museum; having players trying to catch Pokémon detracted from the somber material the museum displayed. While Pokémon GO was one of the first uses of augmented reality to capture the public imagination, the technology is increasingly common in both business and […]

Is the big-box store killing Main Street?

The opening of big-box stores – i.e., large chain supermarket stores – has been a political concern in many countries over the last 20 years. Their critics claim they create enormous negative externalities in pre-existing market and city structures. They also say that this type of stores exacerbates pollution levels and contributes to the hollowing out of city centres, […]

Trade with China benefited US consumers

International trade is widely viewed as creating winners and losers in an economy. Influential work has documented that US labour markets were heavily disrupted by the surge of imports following China’s joining the World Trade Organisation in 2001, a historic change in trade widely referred to as the “China shock”. Much less is known, though, about the extent to […]

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    Competition policy in the age of digital platforms: what’s at stake

Competition policy in the age of digital platforms: what’s at stake

The rise of the giant tech platforms has raised many questions about their dominance — not only their market power, but also their political influence and power to adjust individual human behaviours. A recent LSE Business Breakfast (held under Chatham House rules — opinions may be reported but not attributed) discussed some of the policies that often make up […]

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    Think Tanks: The New Knowledge and Policy Brokers in Asia – Book Review

Think Tanks: The New Knowledge and Policy Brokers in Asia – Book Review

Think Tanks: The New Knowledge and Policy Brokers in Asia. James G. McGann. Brookings Institution Press. 2019.

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If you study think tanks or research institutes then you have inevitably come across the work of James McGann and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past decade, the TTCSP’s yearly […]

August 18th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

‘UK-apore’ leaves a lot to be desired

In Johnson’s eyes and those of fellow ardent free-marketeers, a ‘Singapore scenario’ would be achieved by an ultra-business-friendly environment with low or zero corporation tax, low wages, weak trade unions, vestigial welfare provisions and a significant temporary migrant ‘non-citizen’ workforce (around 30 per cent of the total workforce), largely without the protection of national labour laws or access to […]

August 17th, 2019|Economics|0 Comments|
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    To tackle precarity in the platform economy, shift the narrative

To tackle precarity in the platform economy, shift the narrative

In our increasingly digitised world, a crucial role is played by online platforms. These platforms — dynamic websites which constitute digital public squares or marketplaces — affect the economy and our society in various ways and their regulation (or lack thereof) is increasingly the subject of public and political debate. Whether it be the way in which Facebook deals […]

Why people need the dark web, whether they want it or not

Never before has the real world been so interconnected with the cyber with an increasing amount of our everyday activity becoming digitised. However, what we say, what information we look at, and every online activity necessarily leaves electronic records and footprints that can reveal some of our most personal activities and attributes. Unsurprisingly, this is something that has not […]

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    Why entrepreneurs need a positive professional time perspective

Why entrepreneurs need a positive professional time perspective

To start a new venture, entrepreneurs need to recognise a profitable business opportunity, and to do this, they must have supportive and positive views about their professional past, present, and future (that is, a supportive and positive professional time perspective). Yet, they may have had negative professional experiences in the past and they may be having similar experiences in […]

How to avoid a demotion

“I’ve exceeded my performance targets year after year and finally found myself getting demoted without having asked to do a step back. It does make you wonder how this came about, all I know that it has nothing to do with my performance at work.”

Demotion, a downwards career move with a mainly negative connotation, is more common than […]