Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Profile of Small Business Online Behavior

Fortune magazine has created a profile of small business, based on its own Zogby/Fortune Small Business survey of 2000 entrepreneurs, as well as other published surveys.

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This is a very interesting article, at least in my book...
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Cost of Fighting Terrorism

Now, this in a series of four, will then conclude the brief review as to what is involved in fighting terrorism, its possible causes as explained with the aid of Economic theory, and some of the reasoning behind the whole topic as it pertains to Economics. You, the reader then can draw a more informed perspective on the whole issue. Please do not hesitate to drop a line or two if you deem it appropiate.
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Again, this article is dated back to the time shortly after 9/11 tragic events.
The Cost of Fighting Terrorism

FROM BUSINESS WEEK ONLINE
The Cost of Fighting Terrorism

So far, the tab hasn't been as great as many feared. But if conflict deepens, big sacrifices may have to be made


In the aftermath of September 11, most economists were sure the short-run impact would be to drive the U.S. deeper into recession. Goldman, Sachs & Co. predicted that gross domestic product would plunge by a steep 2.5% in the fourth quarter of 2001. Merrill Lynch & Co.'s economists had the recession lasting into first quarter 2002. And in December, 2001, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development projected that the U.S. would show negative growth for the entire first half of 2002.
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CIAO Case Study: Economics of Terrorism

This is a well written case study by Prof. Gold of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University. By far, it is the least biased of the posts on the subject matter. I guess Professor Gold did earn his Masters degree after all.

CIAO Case Study: Economics of Terrorism:
David Gold
Professor of Economics
Graduate Program in International Affairs
New School University
Introduction
Terrorism has multiple roots and multiple effects. Economic considerations come into play at both ends, but it has been difficult for scholars and policy makers to reach a consensus on what role economics plays in causing terrorism, and how economic considerations might be useful in understanding terrorism and in devising strategies and specific policies to counter terrorism. Much of the discussion about the links between economics and terrorism has revolved around how poverty, inequality, and limits on opportunity shape terrorist responses, and on how the alleviation of these conditions might reduce the incidence of terror. In addition, policy responses have increasingly emphasized such tools as economic sanctions on states that are supporters of terrorism and efforts to disrupt the financing channels of terrorist organizations."

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The Economics of Terrorism in a nutshell

Now, this article is a result of Silviu Dochia's study, with excerpts from Harvard and GMU scholars. The comments on this post are brilliant and have a flavor for objective theory and subjective humanness...

Here is the page: The Economics of Terrorism in a nutshell


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Fighting Terrorism and the Case for Pre-emption by Walter Williams -- Capitalism Magazine

Because of the state of world affairs, I am going to try to explain the Economics of Terrorism from as many different points of view as possible. I am solely trying to analyze Economic Theory from as an unbiased point of view as I possibly can. Any science that deals with human behavior has to deal with that degree of uncertainty that cannot be quantifiable and therefore escapes the rigorous results of scientific reasoning...


Fighting Terrorism and the Case for Pre-emption by Walter Williams -- Capitalism Magazine: "Fighting Terrorism and the Case for Pre-emption
by Walter Williams (April 8, 2004)

Summary: Fighting terrorism as well as rogue dictators requires a policy of pre-emption. During the 1930s, there should have been a pre-emptive strike on Nazi Germany. Had Britain and France had the guts to do that, 60 million lives lost in World War II might have been spared.

[www.CapMag.com] Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines magician as 'one who performs tricks of illusion and sleight of hand' and 'one skilled in magic,' a 'sorcerer.' That's an apt description for the parade of Democrats, leftists and peaceniks attacking President Bush on his efforts managing the war on terrorism. Millions of Americans have bought into the illusions created by Bush's critics in their attempt to unseat him in the fall election. Let's look at it. "

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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Monday, August 08, 2005

How the World Sees the World


First Ever Global Poll of How the World Sees the World
The Anholt-GMI Nation Brands Index is the first analytical ranking of the world's nation brands. Each quarter, the Index, led by nation brands expert Simon Anholt, polls consumers from the GMI worldwide five million-strong market research panel on their perceptions of the cultural, political, commercial and human assets, investment potential and tourist appeal of several countries. This adds up to a clear measurement of national brand power, and a unique barometer of global opinion.

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EconLog, Is Homo Economicus A Sociopath?, Bryan Caplan: Library of Economics and Liberty

EconLog, Is Homo Economicus A Sociopath?, Bryan Caplan: Library of Economics and Liberty: " EconLog
Is Homo Economicus A Sociopath?, August 06, 2005
by Bryan Caplan

The other day I was reading Martha Stout's The Sociopath Next Door. Although it's engaging, it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. But it did remind me of a question I've wondered about before: Is homo economicus a sociopath? Is microeconomic theory founded on the premise that the percentage of sociopaths in the population is not 4%, as Stout claims, but 100%?
Modern psychiatrists prefer to call sociopaths 'people suffering from anti-social personality disorder,' though as a Szaszian aside, I'd say that if anyone 'suffers' from it, it's the people who don't have it! In any case, here are its main official symptoms:

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Greenspan's last words? | Economist.com





Greenspan's last words? Economist.com: "Greenspan's last words?

Jul 20th 2005
From The Economist Global Agenda


Alan Greenspan, the chairman of America's Federal Reserve, has 'given what may be the last of his twice-yearly speeches to Congress on monetary policy before his expected retirement. Those pleading for lower interest rates or at least an end to the rises found that he has not gone soft in his old age"


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Friday, August 05, 2005

Job Growth Up...

Job growth up; interest rate hikes eyed By Tim Ahmann
Fri Aug 5, 4:38 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth picked up last month as employers added 207,000 workers to their payrolls, a healthy gain that led Wall Street to increase bets on more rate rises from the Federal Reserve.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Monday, August 01, 2005

MSN Money - Forbes: The world's most powerful women

...And women have also a place of power and wealth...
MSN Money - Forbes: The world's most powerful women
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