Posts Tagged ‘economic growth’

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    African Developments

    Apr 8, 12 • 228 Views • No Comments

    In Malawi, when local newspapers referred to the president as “the big kahuna,” his office threatened a jail sentence if they did not stop. This threat and subsequent events take us straight to Why Nations Fail. Malawi is a small sliver shaped...  [read more]

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    Chinese Economic Growth

    Mar 17, 12 • 327 Views • No Comments

    Our story ends with the recent 2030 Word Bank Report on Chinese economic growth. But we have to start with sunflower seeds. There once was a poor Chinese farmer who believed he could excel at nothing but sunflower seeds. Traditionally sold in stores, in bulk...  [read more]

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    BRIC Cell Phones

    Mar 12, 12 • 370 Views • No Comments

    The Tibetan town of Namche Bazaar has yaks, donkeys and cell phones. Located along the route to a Mt. Everest base camp, the town attracts local traders who provision climbers. With the former carrying products and the latter, market information, the animals...  [read more]

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    The Best Places to be a Woman

    Mar 9, 12 • 285 Views • No Comments

    In colonial Massachusetts, the law required boys to attend school while girls were primarily educated at home. Because it was illegal for a married woman to own land, Abigail Adams had to use John’s name anytime she bought or sold land. And Abigail...  [read more]

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    Who Is Unemployed?

    Mar 2, 12 • 230 Views • Comments Off

    Does an unemployment rate of 8.3% mean we have 8.3% unemployment? Not necessarily. Using what Abbott and Costello might have said, a Huffington Post journalist explains why. Costello: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America. Abbott: Good...  [read more]