Business & Economics

Carola Binder The Brazilian election and Central Bank independence

Brazilians will head to the polls on Oct. 5 to vote in a tight presidential race. President Dilma Rousseff’s leading challenger is Socialist Party candidate Marina Silva. A key component of Silva’s economic platform is her support for a more independent central bank. Central bank independence, long a topic of interest to … More >

David Zilberman Economics in the land of lakes, caves, and castles

Slovenia is a small Slavic nation in the middle of Europe, between Latin and Germanic countries (Italy and Austria), and is an embodiment of all three. It has been under Austrian rule for 1000 years, and was freed by Napoleon, who is considered a hero (they have a nice statue … More >

Yuriy Gorodnichenko Is there a border in online markets?

Eric Schmidt, a former CEO of Google, said in 2012 that the Web will dissolve national barriers. While we wait to see what is going to be left of national borders in the future, the rising importance of e-commerce can already help economists understand the nature of frictions in international … More >

Yuriy Gorodnichenko Macroeconomic stimulus for Ukraine

After years of mismanagement and looting, Ukraine faces a number of economic challenges. The situation is so critical that weak economic performance in the next few years could undermine the very independence of the country. Just yesterday, President Poroshenko signed a degree setting up the National Council for Reforms to … More >

Brad DeLong Thoughts on Robert Skidelsky’s Rant Against the Current Economics Curriculum

Over at Equitable Growth: The extremely wise Robert Skidelsky has an excellent rant against Anglo-Saxon economics departments:

Robert Skidesky: Knocking the scientific halo off mainstream economists’ teaching and research: “The growing discontent of economics students…

…with the university curriculum…. Students at the University of Manchester advocated an approach ‘that begins with economic … More >

john powell Inequality In the Twenty-First Century

As part of his nationwide book tour, French economist Thomas Piketty stopped on campus and in San Francisco last week to speak to overflowing lecture halls. The lecture I attended in San Francisco quickly filled to capacity, and the enthusiasm in the audience was palpable. Piketty’s new book, Capital in … More >

Robert Reich Raise taxes on companies with high CEO-to-worker pay ratios

Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid. Since then, CEO pay has skyrocketed to 280 times the pay of a typical worker; in big companies, to 354 times.

Meanwhile, over the same thirty-year time span the median American worker has seen … More >

Ikhlaq Sidhu Seminal Entrepreneurship and Innovation Skills CAN IN FACT BE LEARNED

New Ways to Learn Entrepreneurship

Posted by Ikhlaq Sidhu, April 22nd, 2014

 

You may already be aware that the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMofE, see link on our CET website - https://cet.berkeley.edu/curriculum/) is a unique teaching model for developing the entrepreneurial mindset, in addition to teaching tactics and providing infrastructure for the new venture … More >

Annette Bernhardt Minimum wage debate goes local

By Annette Bernhardt and Ken Jacobs

Judging by the past three months, 2014 is on track to become the year of local minimum wage laws. Campaigns are under way in Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland to join San Francisco and San Jose in setting a minimum wage higher than state law. These … More >

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