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The role of international climate finance initiatives

Financial institutions have a critical role in stepping up the actions against climate change.  In Article 2 of the Paris Agreement, nations agree to scale up finance flows consistently, opening a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. Consequently, ‘climate finance’ will continue to remain central to the climate change agenda. The recent United Nations Climate Action […]

November 18th, 2019|Environment|0 Comments|

Power increases cognitive functioning

Life is filled with distractions. Information floods in. Situations change. To successfully navigate these challenges, individuals need to use a set of fundamental mental processes known as executive functions to regulate their thoughts and behaviours. Those with weak executive functions get distracted by temptations and overwhelmed by information; those with strong executive functions stay focused on their goals, and […]

November 18th, 2019|Career & Success|0 Comments|
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    Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World – Book Review

Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you can listen to a podcast of Branko Milanovic speaking at the LSE public event, ‘Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World’.

Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World. Branko Milanovic. Harvard University Press. 2019.

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Capitalism, Alone by Branko Milanovic is a remarkable book, […]

November 17th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Eurosceptic votes are less likely when EU interventions visibly boost local job markets

Eurosceptic votes are less likely when EU interventions visibly boost local job markets

Anti-systemic political movements have emerged in recent years in a large number of countries across the globe. These parties generally fuel their public support with anti-elite and anti-establishment rhetoric, which in Europe often translates into a strong critique to the European Union and its institutions. The EU is regarded by the supporters of anti-system movements as distant from the […]

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    Who has to ‘lean in’ for equal gender representation in leadership roles?

Who has to ‘lean in’ for equal gender representation in leadership roles?

Even though women surpass men in university graduation rates and other skill-based gains, the Conference Board of Canada (2011) found it will take over 151 years for women and men to achieve parity in middle management, let alone senior leadership. Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In (2013), invigorated a worldwide conversation about the representation of women in leadership roles. However, […]

November 15th, 2019|Gender|0 Comments|
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    Marcelo Lombardo: ‘Cloud management software is revolutionising small firms’

Marcelo Lombardo: ‘Cloud management software is revolutionising small firms’

Earlier this year, San Francisco-based venture capital firm Riverwood Capital invested US$ 20 million in Omie, a Brazilian start-up that provides small and medium businesses (SMBs) with an AI-powered business management software. Omie’s genius idea was to focus on small firms, not served by larger management software services. By automating business functions, the company essentially eliminates the massive amount […]

Transforming the labour governance of global supply chains

Activists and academics alike hailed the conclusion of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety which offered hope that lessons had been learned from the carnage of the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. Lauded as a “landmark,” a “gamechanger,” a “breakthrough,” this transnational industrial relations agreement (TIRA) between 222 global brands and retailers and IndustriALL and UNI […]

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    Marcus Weldon: ‘5G will enable a new era of productivity and economic growth’

Marcus Weldon: ‘5G will enable a new era of productivity and economic growth’

In the early aughts, Nokia produced the most coveted mobile phones in the world, before it was disrupted by big tech giants ushering in the age of smartphones. The Finnish multinational corporation no longer produces phones directly, as its core activity has shifted to network equipment. It now aims to lead the market for end-to-end 5G networks. With a […]

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    Goulash reforms: tracking thirty years of labour law changes in Hungary 

Goulash reforms: tracking thirty years of labour law changes in Hungary 

Labour market reforms are notoriously difficult to grasp, especially compared to other reforms such as trade or financial liberalisation. One can argue that this is because labour reforms are broader in that they affect directly the whole working population, while, say, trade and financial reforms directly affect mostly tradables and financial sectors, respectively. This may explain why labour reforms […]

November 11th, 2019|Economics|0 Comments|
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    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Shoshana Zuboff. Profile Books. 2019.
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Early this year, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism arrived to herald the new form of economic oppression we have watched creep into our lives. Zuboff, a professor emerita from Harvard Business School known […]

November 10th, 2019|Book Review, LSE alumni|0 Comments|

How to improve social mobility

Talking social mobility is easy; addressing it is hard. In our book, Social Mobility and Its Enemies, we argued that the prospects for social mobility in Britain are bleak. Declining real wages signal shrinking opportunities. Inequalities in income, wealth, housing and education are biting. Problems of social justice and social mobility are two sides of the same coin. We […]

November 9th, 2019|Economics|1 Comment|
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    Creating momentum for digital transformation without a burning platform

Creating momentum for digital transformation without a burning platform

We know: the most important factor to drive change is a blazingly obvious reason to act. Change management calls these drivers ‘burning platform’ as a metaphor for urgent crises that demand immediate and swift reaction. A blazingly obvious reason to act. Yet, when it comes to venturing into a daring digital transformation strategy, most organisations have no immediate reason […]

November 8th, 2019|Strategy|0 Comments|

The unexpected effect of high-speed trains on board talent

London-Paris, Barcelona-Madrid, Rome-Bologna – what is common among these city pairs? Surprisingly enough, travelling between these cities is faster by train than by plane. In fact, fast trains connect Europe quite well, allowing passengers to hop from city to city via rail.

Many passengers prefer taking trains over flying. One steps out at the city centre directly, wastes no time […]

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    Crowdfunding: the importance of people’s search for higher meaning

Crowdfunding: the importance of people’s search for higher meaning

Have you ever stopped to think why people participate in philanthropic activities — willing to give from their own time and money, make efforts, and receive nothing in return?

Crowdfunding is an important exponential growing phenomenon, which raised $34.4 billion in 2017. Therefore, studying motivations and factors that influence monetary support decision within it is essential. My Lab and field […]

November 6th, 2019|Economics|2 Comments|

The gender pay gap among economists in the UK

The relative position of women in academic economics has increased dramatically over the last two decades. Nevertheless, in 2016 women held only 16 per cent of the chairs in the UK. Unlike the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines with similarly low female participation rates, economics has attracted very little attention from university governing bodies or publicly funded […]

November 5th, 2019|Economics, Gender|0 Comments|
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    Can a post-Brexit UK trade more in financial services with ASEAN?

Can a post-Brexit UK trade more in financial services with ASEAN?

One of the purported prizes of Brexit is the ability of the United Kingdom to strike free trade agreements with the world outside the European Union. The presumption is that those agreements would benefit the UK’s export basket, a principal component of which is financial services. It is therefore instructive to anticipate and stress-test the feasibility of such deals […]

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    Do six per cent of financial transactions sent via the Swift system really fail?

Do six per cent of financial transactions sent via the Swift system really fail?

In May 2019, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of a San Francisco based (but Delaware registered) fintech firm called Ripple Labs gave a presentation to the 9th High-Level Conference on the International Monetary System. The small audience included Christine Lagarde (then chairman of the IMF) and the heads of several central banks. He described a problem in the world financial system […]

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    Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century – Book Review 

Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century – Book Review 

Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century. Torben Iversen and David Soskice. Princeton University Press. 2019.

Is democracy compatible with (advanced) capitalism? And how has (advanced) democracy maintained resilience? In Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century, Torben Iversen and David Soskice, two prominent scholars of comparative political economy, take up the challenge to contribute to […]

November 3rd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

How to promote media literacy

I was recently asked to respond to a presentation on Australian children’s news media literacy at LSE. Shortly after, I participated in a roundtable on news literacy and disinformation, organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). These two occasions have made me think more deeply about news literacy as a variant of media literacy, which has the potential to enable citizens […]

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    Relief for those who are not fans of networking: study says it’s not for everyone

Relief for those who are not fans of networking: study says it’s not for everyone

Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Do you approach potential collaborators at conferences, meetings, or receptions? What about alumni gatherings? Did you remember to hand out your business card at that last event? And what about a follow-up email, just to check that person did not forget that they ran into you? Are you even active on twitter?

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November 1st, 2019|Career & Success|0 Comments|