Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

  • Tax Revenue

    Do You Agree With French Taxes?

    Aug 9, 12 • 317 Views • No Comments

    Talking about taxes, economists like to quote Louis XIV’s finance minister: “The art of taxation consists of so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.” We have been hearing a...  [read more]

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    Sweden, Ikea and Taxes

    May 18, 12 • 458 Views • No Comments

    Our story starts when Ikea’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad, left Sweden during the 1970s. It ends with Sweden’s current finance minister saying that taxes were the reason. Associated with a more humane form of capitalism, Sweden was the prototype for...  [read more]

  • Cashing out?

    Mar 22, 12 • 356 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. They say “cash is king.” But these days, perhaps cash was king. Sweden is becoming a “cashless society.” Commuters pay bus fees via credit card and text message. Religious institutions take...  [read more]

  • The Surprising Glass Ceiling in Sweden and France

    The Best Places to be a Woman

    Mar 9, 12 • 319 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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    Can the USPS Deliver?

    Jul 25, 11 • 292 Views • No Comments

    You’ve got mail? Maybe not on Saturday. As explained in a Teaching Company lecture (#28), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces competition from UPS and FedEx, from email, faxes, and texts. Their salaries average 30% higher than the private sector, they...  [read more]