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Bernstein on Inequality
William Bernstein, author of A Splendid Exchange, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about inequality. Bernstein is worried about it; Roberts is not. Bernstein argues that inequality is damaging to the health of low-status people and hurts the health of the economy. Roberts challenges Bernstein's empirical evidence. It's a lively conversation on the economics of status, productivity and the progressivity of taxes.
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Patri Friedman on Seasteading
Patri Friedman, Executive Director of the Seasteading Institute, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about seasteading, the creation of autonomous ocean communities as an alternative to existing political and cultural forms. Topics discussed include the political and economic viability of seasteading, risks of piracy, the aesthetics of living on the ocean, and the potential impact of seasteading on conventional governments.
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Selgin on Free Banking
George Selgin of West Virginia University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about free banking, where government treats banks as no different from other firms in the economy. Rather than rely on government guarantees to protect depositors (coupled with regulation), banks would compete with each other in offering security and return on deposits. Selgin draws on historical episodes of free banking, particularly in Scotland, to show that such a world need not be unduly hazardous or filled with
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Higgs on the Great Depression
Robert Higgs, of the Independent Institute, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the effect of World War II on the American economy. Using survey results, financial data, and the pattern of investment in the 1930s, Higgs argues that New Deal policies created a climate of uncertainty that prolonged the Great Depression. Using consumption data, he argues that prosperity did not return during wartime, but rather after the war when government interventi
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Gridlock: why global cooperation is failing when we need it most [Audio]
Speaker(s): Thomas Hale, Professor David Held, Kevin Young | This event grapples with the causes and consequences of the failure of leadership and negotiations across leading sectors of international concern: security, the economy and environment. It examines worrying scenarios of continuing gridlock and pathways that might lead beyond it. Thomas Hale is a postdoctoral research fellow, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. Professor David Held is master of the University College, Du
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Epstein on the Rule of Law
Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago and Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the rule of law. Epstein lays out a minimalist definition and a more expansive definition when considering the protection that individuals might have when facing the power of the state or the sovereign. Applications include "takings" and the current government interventions in the auto industry and the financial sector.
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Organic food for students: Cookbook 2. Eating healthy is fun!

pdfGuide from Spanish government with a complete cookbook for students of organic food. Part of the "organic food for the Andalusian School" program, which aims to improve nutrition of children, providing food produced without synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides,
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Roberts on Smith, Ricardo, and Trade
Russ Roberts, host of EconTalk, does a monologue this week on the economics of trade and specialization. Economists have focused on David Ricardo's idea of comparative advantage as the source of specialization and wealth creation from trade. Drawing on Adam Smith and the work of James Buchanan, Yong Yoon, and Paul Romer, Roberts argues that we've neglected the role of the size of the market in creating incentives for specialization and wealth creation via trade. Simply put, the more people we tr
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Don Boudreaux on Public Choice
Don Boudreaux of George Mason University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about public choice: the application of economics to the political process. Boudreaux argues that political competition is a blunt instrument that works less effectively than economic competition. One reason for this bluntness is the voting process itself--where intensity does not matter, only whether a voter prefers one candidate to the other. A second reason is that political outcomes tend to be one-size-fits-all, w
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Brady on the State of the Electorate
David Brady of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the state of the electorate and what current and past political science have to say about the upcoming midterm elections. Drawing on his own survey work and that of others, Brady uses current opinion polls to predict a range of likely outcomes in the House and Senate in November. He then discusses the role of recent health care legislation in the upcoming election as well as Obama's approval ratings. The conversation
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Daniel Pink on Drive, Motivation, and Incentives
Daniel Pink, author of Drive, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about drive, motivation, compensation, and incentives. Pink discusses the implications of using monetary rewards as compensation in business and in education. Much of the conversation focuses on the research underlying the book, Drive, research from behavioral psychology that challenges traditional claims by economists on the power of monetary and other types of incentive. The last part of the conversation turns toward education
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Zimbabwe's Political Economy: Expert commentary by Scott Taylor
School of Foreign Service professor Scott Taylor discusses Zimbabwe's struggling economy and government structure, and Georgetown's new Africa Interest Network (GAIN).
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Afghanistan's Religious Landscape: Politicizing the Sacred (with Kristian Berg Harpviken)
Afghanistan?s thirty years of war have seen the gradual and heavy politicization of religion, transforming the lanscape of religious authority, political process, and the Afghan statebuilding project.
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Israel and the Middle Eastern Mud - Part 2
Point of View Seminars on International Conflict February 12, 2008 Ian S. Lustick, Bess W. Heyman Chair in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania POV Seminar Series hosted by Nadim Rouhana, ICAR Faculty
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The Israeli/Jewish Historical Memory regarding the Causes for the 1948 Palestinian Refugee Problem -
Rafi Nets-Zehngut, speaking at ICAR on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 about the research for his dissertation examining Israeli Jewish perceptions of the 1948 exodus of Palestinians from what is now Israel. Nets-Zehngut finds that changes in the social and political environment in Israel have accompanied a shift from Zionist to critical interpretations of the origins of the refugee problem.
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What would Hayek do to sort out this mess? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Eamonn Butler | The Nobel economist F A Hayek was the arch-rival of Keynes in the 1930s and 1940s. Some today say that he has the better explanation of boom-bust cycles and how to end them. His prescription is the exact opposite of Keynes – no big infrastructure spending, no keeping things afloat with quantitative easing and cheap credit, but leaner government, lower taxes, less regulation and more freedom for businesses and individuals alike. In this lecture, Hayek biographer D
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Les flux internationaux de déchets (Vidéo)

Vincent Aurez donne un aperçu de ce que représentent les flux internationaux de déchets et aborde les enjeux sociaux, économiques et environnementaux qui leur sont attachés.


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15.223 Global Markets, National Policies, and the Competitive Advantages of Firms (MIT)
The world is changing in two fundamental ways. First, the development of a truly global market in products, services, capital, and even certain types of labor is changing the basic terms of competition for an array of different firms and industries. Second, the rules and institutions governing the new international economic order are still in flux. National regulations are no longer adequate yet international accords over trade, intellectual property, labor standards, and a host of other issues
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Lingua.ly App for Android
'Lingua.ly turns any mobile device into a language learning experience.● Add words using our smart dictionary● Create personalized flashcards ● Practice what you learned with fun games● See your new words in real articles from around the webLingua.ly is a great way to improve your vocabulary anytime, anywhere. It’s easy to use and completely free!You can learn: English, Russian, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic.We have dictionary support for: English, Spanish, French, H
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Spin, Blair and PR - Richard Peel
Richard Peel is at the top of the PR tree in Britain. He has ‘spun’ for many of the bluest chip organisations in Britain – The BBC, The ITC, Ofcom, The England and Wales Cricket Board and now Camelot the lottery operator. In this Coventry Conversation Richard talks about spin, politics and public image.
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