Billionaires, millionaires, inequality, and happiness

Billionaires, millionaires, inequality, and happiness

The relationship between inequality and happiness is counterintuitive. This applies to both inequality in income and wealth distribution overall and also inequality at the...
reshoring, reindustrialisation, US, China, location theory, manufacturing, economy, society, Trump, election, growth, productivity, land prices, employment, shipping

Re-industrialisation in the US; de-globalisation in China?

The United States was once a country renowned for its manufacturing capabilities but it experienced a decline in its manufacturing sector after 1980. A...
Central Asia

Farewell to agriculture? Productivity trends and the competitiveness of agriculture in Central Asia

Agricultural productivity in the Central Asian republics of the USSR stopped growing from the late 1970s and declined in the 1990s when the transition...
Could UBI be the antidote to chronic unemployment? (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

How will universal basic income change our lives?

The concept of a universal basic income (UBI) is becoming increasingly popular in discussions about how to combat poverty. Advocates for UBI include not...
illegal migration

The links between illegal migration and organised crime

Illegal migrants are often blamed for increasing crime rates in host countries. Blame is frequently assigned without evidence and without any efforts to understand...
Activists demonstrate against free trade agreements between the EU and the US in Bulgaria. Sofia, October 2016. (Credit: Belish/Bigstock)

Glocalism: Beyond nationalism and internationalism

What does the term ‘glocalism’ mean? Obviously, it is composed of two words, localism and globalism. But one should note how the words are...

The president, the professor, and the resolution of the Italian political crisis

Despite probably being the single most widely criticised act by an Italian President, Sergio Mattarella´s veto on 27 May, which had resulted in postponing...
Education should not be limited by national culture. (Credit: casezy/Bigstock)

Cultural identity as a factor in global disorder: The need for education

It has been very wise and thoughtful to title the 13th World Public Forum on Rhodes in October 2015 as “The World beyond Global...
cyber capitalism

Communicating ‘cyber capitalism with Chinese characteristics’

As with many characteristics of China, whether political or economic, the Chinese internet has distinctive features. China’s state-supported e-commerce mega-corporations – notably Alibaba and...
Xi'an city wall, China. (Credit: chuyu/Bigstock)

Dreams for the world, ‘made in China’

When speaking of infrastructure projects, it is important to not only take into consideration their technical and economic dimensions, but to also pay attention...

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