Sunday, September 21, 2014
  1. The Looming Death of Homo Economicus

    Dennis J. Snower

    The Looming Death of Homo Economicus

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     insists that humans' economic self-interest cannot be separated from their capacity for care.

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    The world seems to be on the verge of another “great transformation," which will fundamentally redefine the nature of our economic and social relationships. But mainstream economics – which assumes that people are self-interested, fully rational economic actors – fails to recognize the social half of the equation. READ MORE

  2. Migration’s Hall of Mirrors

    Peter Sutherland

    Migration’s Hall of Mirrors

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     suggests that anti-immigrant sentiment stems largely from misinformation.

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    US President Barack Obama, concerned about his party’s ability to retain control of the Senate, has decided to put off immigration reform until after the election in November. But a new survey, conducted in both Europe and the US, suggests that avoiding the issue is a serious mistake. READ MORE

  3. Choosing Death

    Peter Singer
  4. A Wrong Turn for Human Rights

    David Tolbert

    A Wrong Turn for Human Rights

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     warns that the gains made since the end of the Cold War are at risk.

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    For many years, the world seemed to be progressing toward greater recognition of human rights and demands for justice. Today, however, the international community appears to be backsliding on its human-rights commitments – a trend that is most obvious in the major emerging countries. READ MORE

  5. Teaching Economic Dynamism

    Edmund S. Phelps

    Teaching Economic Dynamism

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     argues that restoring humanities education is the key to building innovative economies.

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    Business leaders often argue that the widening education gap – the disparity between what young people learn and the skills that the job market demands – is a leading contributor to high unemployment and slow growth in many countries. But the two main arguments underpinning that claim are weak, at best. READ MORE

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