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September 12th, 2014 at 11:49 am

The zero marginal cost economy

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The consumer “sharing economy” gives us a taste of what it’s like to live in a world where we own less.

There’s a tremendous change going on right now in our society. Those of us who enjoy services like Uber and Kickstarter are experiencing it firsthand. The sharing and collaboration practices of the internet are extending to transportation (Uber), hotels (Airbnb), financing (Kickstarter, LendingClub), music services (Spotify) and even software development (Linux, Drupal).

 

 

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September 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Eight facts that explain what’s wrong with health care in America

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Obamacare is not universal health care.

If the American health care system were to break off from the United States and become its own economy, it would be the fifth-largest in the world. “It would be bigger than the United Kingdom or France and only behind the United States, China, Japan and Germany,” says David Blumenthal, executive director of the non-profit Commonwealth Fund. Here are eight facts that support reality.

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September 2nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Why some poorer countries lend to richer countries

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In the last ten years, the increase in global imbalances has posed a theoretical challenge for international macroeconomics. Why did some less-developed countries with a higher need for capital, like China, lend to richer countries?

 

 

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August 22nd, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

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Caesar Augustus died two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire — its rise and fall, its culture and economy, and how it laid the foundations of the modern world.

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August 19th, 2014 at 11:21 am

Why America’s economy stinks: Because business owners are greedier than ever

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The is growth of the U.S. economy still so slow and weak? One reason is that average American consumers account for the vast majority of the spending in the economy and they are still strapped.

 

 

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August 19th, 2014 at 9:41 am

Workers find freedom and uncertainty in the sharing economy

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Piecemeal labor has taken on a shinier veneer under new rubrics: the sharing economy, the peer economy, the collaborative economy, the gig economy.

Jennifer Guidry was in the driveway of her rental apartment just after 4 a.m. on a Friday while most of the neighbors in her leafy Boston suburb were still asleep. Her blond hair pulled back in a tidy French braid she was vacuuming the inside of her car.  A Navy veteran and former accountant, Ms. Guidry uses the early time to mitigate the uncertainty of working in what’s known as the sharing economy.

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August 13th, 2014 at 8:23 am

The decline of startups and America’s aging economy: Study

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“Can Google ever be beat?”  That question was really less about Google and more about the potential of startups to disrupt the largest companies in our economy. Do we have the talent and capital needed for these companies to grow and compete against mature companies?

 

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July 15th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Abandoned luxury cars become a big problem in Dubai

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Thousands of luxury cars are being abandoned every year since Dubai’s financial meltdown.

Dubai over the last several years has been facing an unusual problem of high end sports cars being abandoned and left to gather thick layers of dust at airport parking lots and on the roadside across the city. If you’ve ever been to Dubai or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates, you will have noticed they have a serious car culture out there, with a particular preference for the latest and greatest in high-end super cars. (Pics)

 

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May 2nd, 2014 at 9:49 am

China will become the world’s largest economy by the end of 2014

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China was the world’s largest economy until 1890 before America surpassed it. By the end of 2014 China is on track to reclaim its crown.

 

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April 30th, 2014 at 7:56 am

Fewer high school graduates enroll in college after graduation

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Just 65.9 percent of students who graduated from high school in spring 2013 had enrolled in college by last October.

The proportion of high school students in the U.S. who go on to college rose regularly for decades but now appears to be declining.

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