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A new measure to assess companies’ external engagement

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Big data and advanced analytics allow us to justify investment in social media, just like with other investments, write Witold Henisz, Dhruv Malhotra and Robin Nuttall.

Could a single tweet destroy your company? Just a few years ago, a question like that might have seemed absurd. But now that possibility is something that executives and investors around the world are […]

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    Book Review: Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy by Steve Coulter

Book Review: Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy by Steve Coulter

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For many of us, economics appears too abstract and rooted in assumptions that make individuals seem unfamiliar as human subjects. In Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy, Steve Coulter seeks to tackle these perceptions by offering an accessible take on economics that shows how it has relevance to different aspects of our everyday lives, from health to shopping and housing. […]

Can millennials save the labour movement?

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Unions can get reinvigorated by tapping into young people’s energy, creativity and transformative leadership potential, write Maite Tapia, Lowell Turner and Salil R. Sapre.

Millennials – born between 1980 and 2000 – are disproportionately employed in low skill occupations, with nonstandard employment arrangements, and in nonunionised workplaces. Their working conditions in general tend to be worse in comparison to older […]

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    Poor growth in the US financial sector is dragging the rest of the economy down with it.

Poor growth in the US financial sector is dragging the rest of the economy down with it.

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Across European capitals and in Washington DC, economic policymakers are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for another recession and are considering which monetary and fiscal policy instruments might be used to prevent it. Studying more than 60 years of economic cycles, Eddie Gerba finds that the ‘real’ economy has become inextricably linked to the financial economy in the […]

December 18th, 2018|Economy, Eddie Gerba|0 Comments|
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    The midterms have shown that President Trump’s campaign rhetoric on the economy has come back to haunt him

The midterms have shown that President Trump’s campaign rhetoric on the economy has come back to haunt him

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It has been long argued that the US economy has a massive influence on elections. But the Democrats’ midterm successes in the face of a Republican administration presiding over a healthy economy may have called that commonly held view into question. Helen Thompson writes that this new apparent disconnect between the economy and voters’ preferences may be down to […]

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    The digitisation of recorded music: studying the ‘long tail’ effect

The digitisation of recorded music: studying the ‘long tail’ effect

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More products are brought to market, even ones initially expected to fail, increasing consumer choice and welfare, write Luis Aguiar and Joel Waldfogel.

Digitisation, in the form of online retailing, has long been understood to deliver welfare benefit to consumers. Greater consumer access to content has led to an important work on the “long-tail” phenomenon: while the choice set faced […]

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    Trump is right to critique the Federal Reserve, but his attacks are in the wrong direction.

Trump is right to critique the Federal Reserve, but his attacks are in the wrong direction.

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The US Federal Funds rate is the measure which determines interest rates across the US economy – and is therefore a very important tool in economic policy-making. Traditionally, the Federal Reserve has complete independence in determining its policies in this area, but President Trump has undermined this principle with recent comments that the Fed should be more Dovish. Michael […]

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    Book Review: 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto by Brian Massumi

Book Review: 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto by Brian Massumi

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In 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto, Brian Massumi offers a short yet intricate economic, cultural and philosophical work that aims to retrieve the concept of value from capitalist power. Through the book’s deliberately fragmented form, Massumi presents an relevant and urgent dissection of the processes by which we are currently shaped, and a hopeful vision of […]

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    Book Review: Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Modes of Prediction by Ivan Ascher

Book Review: Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Modes of Prediction by Ivan Ascher

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In Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Modes of Prediction, Ivan Ascher explores how the abstraction and securitisation of risk in financial markets have had a profound influence on economic and social relations, with a particular focus on the aftermath of the global financial crisis. The book underscores the extent to which much of the ‘value’ generated by the contemporary economy results […]

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    Book Review: Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made by Michael Zakim

Book Review: Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made by Michael Zakim

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In Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made, Michael Zakim examines how an emergent class of finance professionals fundamentally transformed the foundations of the US economy and democracy in the nineteenth century. This thorough and cogently argued investigation demonstrates the grand historical consequences wrought by these lesser-known enablers of a new economic system, finds Jeff Roquen. 

Accounting for Capitalism: The […]

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