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Bill’s annual letter – How do you measure human dignity, Bill?

In his annual letter for 2013, Bill Gates makes the case for better measurement tools. In previous annual letters, I've focused a lot on the power of innovation to reduce hunger, poverty, and disease. But any innovation-whether it's a new vaccine or an improved seed-can't have an impact unless it…
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The tyranny of shame

Professor Robert Walker and his collaborators have just completed a study that examines Amartya Sen's contention that shame is an attribute of poverty in all societies which reduces a person's agency, their capacity to act constructively, and increases social exclusion which, in turn, curtails economic development. The study was conducted…
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Taking S&P to task for its role in the sub-prime mortgage debacle

This action has taken long enough to reach this stage and has been prompted only by the inability of the US Government to reach a settlement with S&P. The Justice Department is preparing to file a civil lawsuit against the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s centered on the company’s alleged misgrading…
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Will the Chinese Constitution ever be enforced?

宪 法法院 (constitutional court / xiànfǎ fǎyuàn) is the court in China charged with adjudicating cases that concern the constitution. In some countries, it is distinct from a supreme court, which is the highest court in a country and the court of last resort for non-constitutional cases. In the United States, the Supreme…
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The Great Recession, jobs and social crises: policies matter!!

This is my latest co-authored paper on the continuing fall-out from the Great Recession: Anis Chowdhury, Iyanatul Islam, Donald Lee, (2013),"The Great Recession, jobs and social crises: policies matter", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 40 Iss: 3 pp. 220 - 245 Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of the paper is…
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