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    Socially responsible practices are transmitted via international trade

Socially responsible practices are transmitted via international trade

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Emerging market firms use CSR as strategic investments to cater to stakeholder preference in the export markets, write Shantanu Banerjee, Swarnodeep Homroy and Aurélie Slechten.

Why firms engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) is widely debated, particularly in the context of the 2019 Business Roundtable statement by US chief executives, which redefined the purpose of a corporation as promoting an […]

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    Book Review: Narratives of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change by Anne Saab

Book Review: Narratives of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change by Anne Saab

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In Narratives of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change, Anne Saab examines the role that the language of international law plays in constructing narratives of hunger, focusing on the case of climate-ready seeds. This consistently well-researched book reveals how international law influences the making of food (in)security, writes Ayse Didem Sezgin.

Narratives of Hunger in International […]

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    Why we need to do something about the monopsony power of employers

Why we need to do something about the monopsony power of employers

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Monopsony decreases worker mobility, keeping wages lower than they would be in a competitive market, writes Alan Manning.

You have almost certainly heard of monopoly, but less likely to have heard of monopsony. The literal definition of monopoly is a situation where there is only one seller of a product; though the term is used more loosely to refer to […]

September 5th, 2020|Alan Manning, Economy|0 Comments|
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    Bankers knew the risks they were taking before the 2008 crisis

Bankers knew the risks they were taking before the 2008 crisis

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Top executives of US banks that experienced huge losses in the 2008 crisis sold their own shares well before the crisis hit, write Özlem Akın, José M. Marín and José-Luis Peydró.

Excessive risk-taking by banks is often associated with economic recession. A key question for policy and for the academic literature is why banks take excessive risk. There are two […]

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    Book Review: The Licit Life of Capitalism: US Oil in Equatorial Guinea by Hannah Appel

Book Review: The Licit Life of Capitalism: US Oil in Equatorial Guinea by Hannah Appel

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In The Licit Life of Capitalism: US Oil in Equatorial Guinea, economic anthropologist Hannah Appel closely examines the operations of US oil companies in Equatorial Guinea, not only revealing the sheer extent and dimensions of corporate power in remaking the world, but also illuminating the ongoing project of capitalism itself. This is a revelatory study in its theoretical contributions […]

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    The abrupt shift to remote working has amplified cyber security problems

The abrupt shift to remote working has amplified cyber security problems

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For most companies, traditional solutions won’t work when people who need access to data are working from home, write Thomas Koehler, Paolo Cervini and Jonas Vetter.

The COVID pandemic has forced most companies into distributed and virtual settings. Companies had to swiftly adapt their organisations to social distancing and elevated economic uncertainty. This adaption manifested itself in the form of […]

Can unions become social media opinion leaders?

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An analysis of how unions fared on Twitter during the ‘Fight for $15’ wage campaign – by Lorenzo Frangi, Tingting Zhang, and Robert Hebdon.

Today’s political and social campaigns rely on social media. Grassroots organisations use social media to stimulate public debate, build coalitions, mobilise people, and provide practical guidance to social movement activists. Labour unions in the United States […]

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    How economists view the US debate on extending jobless benefits

How economists view the US debate on extending jobless benefits

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Experts discuss the trade-offs between work incentives and income support; whether top-ups should be reduced, and how economics and public health might determine federal contribution levels, writes Romesh Vaitilingam.

Despite the latest GDP figures showing that the US economy had contracted nearly 10% in the second quarter and with unemployment numbers continuing to rise, there is still no resolution in […]

August 8th, 2020|Economy|0 Comments|

Book Review: Radical Organisation Development by Mark Cole

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In Radical Organisation Development, Mark Cole offers a new critical account which dissects mainstream approaches to organisation development (the practice of systemic organisational change and development) and proposes a radical alternative to replace them. While unconvinced of its capacity to persuade all readers, Richard Cotter nonetheless recommends that OD practitioners read the book to engage with its important and […]

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    Why Trump needs Congress to make a deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package

Why Trump needs Congress to make a deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package

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At the end of this week the extra $600 per week paid to unemployed Americans as part of the March CARES Act stimulus package will run out. As Congressional Republicans and Democrats debate the provisions of the agreement needed to continue these payments, Professor Peter Trubowitz argues that President Trump’s poor ratings on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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