Articles on Globalization

Globalization is the free movement of goods, services and people across the world. In this article we discuss the meaning and importance of globalization.

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The article introduces the readers to the global economic crisis which started in the summer 2007. Lets discuss the factors that were responsible for this crisis.

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Lets understand the salient aspects of the global economy along with the structural features and the way in which several trends and factors influence the working of the global economy.

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The experience of the Indian economy in the aftermath of the global economic crisis has been mixed. Lets discuss the impact of the global economic crisis on India.

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Globalization has ensured that all countries have the same entry level and there are no barriers to trade. Lets discuss the key drivers of globalization.

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Globalization can mean loss of livelihoods for the people who have lost their jobs because of it. Lets discuss the disadvantages of Globalization and how we can overcome them.

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According to many economists the Global Economy is facing severe headwinds which can culminate in a - Global Perfect Storm, in the beginning of year 2013.

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There is a close connection between economics and finance. Generally, recessions are caused due to a combination of both or the coming together of economic and financial factors.

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For a long time the global economy was divided into the developed West and the developing economies of Asia and Africa. Lets understand the changes that have taken place in the global economy during the past few years.

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Derivatives are Financial Instruments that are derived from the value of the underlying asset. The article discusses the role of Derivatives in causing the Global Financial Crisis.

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There was too much debt in the global economy and when the payments came due and the tipping point was reached, the entire global economy almost crashed. Lets discuss how debt causes global economi crisis.

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The article discusses important points which states that the Indian economy is on a downward spiral and unless urgent steps are taken to revive the economy, we might be headed for a severe recession.

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The economic crisis was spread across the world mainly due to the tight integration of the global economy. The article discusses in detail about the future of globalization in the aftermath of the economic crisis.

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Trickle Down Theory states that wealth which is created at the top level, trickles down to the bottom of the ladder. Lets understand the relationship between globalization and trickle down theory in detail.

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The ongoing economic crisis has seen widely varying responses that still had some commonalities in their response. This article discusses the responses to the crisis from different countries by examining the examples of different countries in the world.

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Emerging Markets or the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have used globalization to their advantage instead of being the victims of the global economic crisis.

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This article discusses the economic conundrum of unemployment and austerity that is haunting the west. The key theme in this article is that without growth, there are no jobs and there is no growth with austerity leading to a situation where the policymakers have to decide whether they would want to pursue austerity or whether they want to grow.

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The historical origins of the present global economic crisis lie in the decision of the United States to withdraw from the gold standard in 1971. This article discusses this event and the repercussions of the same that are being felt to this day. The key theme in this article is that the solution to the present crisis is through a return to the gold standard and a new Bretton Woods kind of agreement among the nations of the world.

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This article discusses the need to use the present crisis as an opportunity to set right the wrongs of capitalism that have got us into this mess. This article uses the metaphor of a bee that creates wealth and the locusts that destroy wealth to emphasize the fact that we must get rid of the locusts and give more chance to the bees so that future generations benefit.

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This article outlines the reasons for India to embark on another round of reforms in the same way that was done in 1991. The key theme in this article is that the Indian economy must be managed in such a manner that would make it domestically resilient and at the same time open to foreign winds without being swept off one’s feet by them.

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The global economic recovery is faltering because consumers are paying down their existing debts, saving for future crises, and are generally shying away from the kind of binge consumerism of the last two decades. When salary hikes and bonuses are cut down and even layoffs being the norm, individuals would focus on the existing debt and saving for a rainy day instead of consumption because of which growth is elusive and hence, the global economic recovery is faltering.

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This report evaluates the attractiveness of the emerging markets to western investors and assesses the challenges of doing business in those countries. The key themes in this report are that despite the many challenges inherent to the emerging markets, they represent a valuable investing opportunity.

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This report assesses and evaluates the current hydrocarbon based fuel regime or the oil driven global energy paradigm by considering its limitations in the future and evaluating the opportunities and challenges in transitioning to a new energy paradigm. The key theme in this report is that time is running out for us to transition and if the future generations have to have a lifestyle that is at least similar to ours or if not better, the need to transition becomes that much more urgent.

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This report examines the changing world of work in the 21st century and dissects what the trends shaping work in contemporary times mean for employers and workers. The key theme of this report is that the brave new world of work while exciting and enticing at the same time needs to be understood in the proper context and taken advantage of if one has to succeed in these competitive and fast-paced work arrangements. Apart from this, this report examines how the rise of the internet is revolutionizing the way work is done in the global economy.

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Because of the convergence of globalization, technology, outsourcing, and the deepening economic downturn, work is no longer, what it used to be traditionally. Newer forms of work are emerging and in the marketplace of tomorrow, those who are faster, lighter, nimbler, and agile would win the day. This report examines these trends in a detailed and incisive manner and provides some insights into how the future of work might shape up. The focus of this report is on providing the students and professionals with guideposts on how they can navigate the changing world of work.

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This report evaluates and assesses the growth prospects in the emerging markets of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey (MINTs) and analyzes whether they can replace the original emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, and China in the portfolios of global investors. The key themes in this report are that one has to take a hard headed and sober assessment of the opportunities and the challenges in each of these groupings and one has to be circumspect before the decision is made. This report presents these themes in an evenhanded manner. The report also focuses on how global capital is always in search of yields and returns and this is the bottom line for any investor.

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This report explains what is meant by impact investing and analyzes the challenges and opportunities for this emerging trend. Impact investing is all about making profits while doing social good, which means that unlike the much-hated corporations that exploit the environment and render social inequities, firms that are impact investment oriented ensure that they return profits and at the same time do not impose costs on society. This is the key theme in this report, which also lists some firms that are driven by impact investments and have been successful as well.

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This article discusses the impact of the ageing of the western societies on the healthcare systems and the broader economy. The key theme in this article is that the shock of gray or the increase in the number of retirees would add to the strain of the already stressed out healthcare systems in the west as well as causing a double whammy of declining contributions from the retirees and increasing outlays for their healthcare.

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This article compares and contrasts the healthcare systems around the world by examining the various healthcare systems in the West and the East. The key theme in this article is that healthcare is too critical a sector to be left to the private sector and hence, in the interests of social welfare and social justice, the governments across the world must provide for healthcare of their citizens.

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This article explains the common pitfalls of the Canadian health care system. The article describes that even though Canada provides free health care for all its patients, the quality of such healthcare is severely compromised.

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This article discusses the emerging phenomenon of medical tourism and analyzes its implications for the Asian countries that are at the forefront of this phenomenon. The key theme in this article is that given the overburdened and overpriced not to mention the decline in medical care in the west, the Asian countries offer better advantages, which are also lucrative given that the westerners pay in hard currency.

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This article discusses the benefits of automation of the value chain activities in the healthcare sector. The key theme in this article is that automation is especially crucial in the healthcare sector as human lives are impacted in a direct manner. This article examines the healthcare sectors from around the world to substantiate the key themes in this article.

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This article discusses the sad state of affairs in the healthcare systems around the world that have become more expensive and at the same time, with governments cutting down on social spending is leading to a dire situation. The key theme in this article is that the private sector has an important role to play in ensuring a healthier workforce which is a more productive workforce and which leads to wealthier societies.

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This article discusses the need for accountability in the Healthcare sector in countries around the world. The article first defines what accountability is, delineates the scope, then compares, and contrasts how accountability is practiced in the healthcare sectors in the United States and other regions in the world.

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This article discusses the implications of the passage of the Health Care Reform Act of 2010 in the United States and its implications for the future of affordable and universal healthcare. The key theme in this article is that thought the bill in its present form is far from perfect, nonetheless, it addresses several shortcomings of the Health Care System in the US especially where the poor and the less privileged are concerned.

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Though the healthcare sector is among the world’s foremost users of cutting edge technology, there remains an area of operation where it has lagged behind other sectors. This is the use of EHRs or Electronic Health Records for storing and retrieving patient information across the healthcare supply chain. This article discusses the benefits and the issues that the use of EHRs entails to the healthcare community. The key take away from this article is that the healthcare sector would usher in greater transparency and accountability through the use of the EHRs.

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This article discusses the three problems of high current account deficit, falling rupee, and rampant inflation and what they mean for the Indian economy. The key theme in this article is that all three of them are interrelated and feed on each other to produce a “perfect storm” of a crisis that can strike the country in the near future.

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This article discusses how health insurance works around the world and the role of the state in providing healthcare and health insurance. The key theme in this article is that health insurance is a topic on everyone’s mind as affordable and quality healthcare are basic aspects of one’s life. Further, the other aspect that is discussed in this article is that wherever the state cannot guarantee free healthcare of high quality, it must make provisions so that citizens are subsidized for the treatment in private hospitals.

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This article discusses the graying of societies in the west or the shock of gray and its implications for the healthcare sectors in these countries. The key theme in this article is that the western societies and their healthcare sectors must ramp up on the infrastructure and must move beyond the current paradigm of providing quality care only to those who can pay.

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The recent decision of the European Union to ask depositors in Cyprus to part with their money has sent shivers down the spine of many Europeans. This article discusses the implications of this move and what it portends for other countries in the world.

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This article explains what is meant by the term demographic dividend and the term demographic deficit. Further, this article also explains how these impact economic growth and the challenges before nations that are confronted with these trends. In addition, this article also examines the cases of India and Japan and how the partnerships of the future would be shaped by nations with youthful populations but not enough capital and nations with elderly populations but with enough capital for a win-win situation.

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This article explains why growth worldwide is slowing down and despite the best efforts of the policymakers, it is not reviving. In addition, this article also explains the paradox of falling growth and rising stock markets. Further, this article explains what is meant by the term “The New Normal” which is used to describe the current economic situation.

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This article exposes the other side of contract farming. It explains how this arrangement can turn into a one sided arrangement that borders on exploitation of business partners. The asymmetry between the multinationals and their partners is explained in this article.

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This article explains the concept of crop insurance. It defines the concept of reference yield and explains how losses are calculated. It also lists down the various risks that are faced while taking crop insurance.

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This article discusses the present business climate for industries and firms in India. The key themes in this article are that while there has been some movement in terms of reforms, the structural changes to laws related to labour and land have to take off for meaningful growth and investments.

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This article examines the emergence of Robot Advisors or automated financial investment entities in Asia. The key themes in this article are that the convergence of complex financial products and cutting edge technology has led to what can be called financial technology which is poised to be the next hottest niche in banking and finance.

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This article examines the current trends because of which the Indian IT sector is going through a rough phase and where there are tough times ahead. Among the reasons analyzed are macroeconomic, microeconomic, and structural factors. The key theme in this article is that the Indian IT firms must evolve from coding machines into consulting and analytics driven work if they are to move up the value chain.

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This article exposes the duplicity of the fake austerity measures that are being implemented worldwide. It explains how these measures are in fact aimed at providing benefits to groups which have vested interests rather than help the general economy as a whole.

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This article explains the logic behind Bank of America’s recession warning. The causes that may lead to the recession have been listed. It has also been explained as to why dealing with this recession may be much more difficult than expected.

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This article explains the negative predictions that are being made about the information technology industry in India. It lists down the challenges and the changes in the work environment and explains why adapting to them might be difficult for Indian IT players.

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This article explains the issues involved in the boardroom battle in Tata group i.e. one of India’s largest conglomerates. It lists down the acquisitions and the counter acquisition to provide the reader with an in-depth understanding of the issues.

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This article explains the concept of trickle down economics. It explains why it may work and also lists down the reasons that could impede its working. At the same time, it also explains why Hillary Clinton’s policy would turn out to be a worse alternative.

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This article explains the absurdity of Trump’s claims about economic growth. It explains why India and China’s growth story is not a dream come true. It also explains why trying to grow at a similar rate will be disastrous for America.

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In this article, the topic of demonetization of high-value notes has been explained. The causes of the demonetization, as well as the likely effect that it will have on the economy, have all been explained in this article.

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This article examines the impact of Demonetization on the Indian Economy from multiple perspectives. Considering that this topic is the subject of much debate and discussion at the moment, this article attempts to “demystify” the whole issue by providing some pointers as well as explaining the stakes and the concepts in ordinary language. The key themes in this article are that the two-quarters ending in Jan and March 2017 would be the litmus test for the exercise and hence, the economic impact can be gauged from the figures and indicators for these quarters.

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This article examines the movement towards a digital economy and using digital payments from multiple perspectives. Considering that digital models and paradigms are the much discussed and debated topics at the moment, this article breaks down the what, why, how, and if aspects of the digital economy. The key themes in this article are that while embracing digital paradigms is indeed logical and evolutionary; there must be a digital backbone that supports such models.

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For the first time in human history, technology is poised to overtake human mental capabilities. The emerging digital economy has raised utopian hopes as well as dystopian nightmares. This article considers the promise as well as the peril of this new paradigm and concludes with a realistic assessment that ultimately it is up to us to use it for good or bad.

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This article explains the increasing closeness of China and Europe. It explains why China is investing huge sums of money and trying to develop economic relationships with Europe which is perceived as an overleveraged and almost bankrupt continent.

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This article explains the economic implications of a Donald Trump presidency. It lists some of the important economic policies and then explains their effects one by one.

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This article supports Donald Trump’s views on immigration policy. It is attempt to forget the racist agenda for once and look at the issues that are caused by illegal immigration. Curbing of illegal immigration will then lead to getting rid of these issues.

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This article explains the difference between immigration policies that were in place in the 19th century United States and today. The article provides a step by step explanation as to why the very concept of open borders is anathema to a welfare state. The article recommends choosing between the two alternatives since both cannot coexist.

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This article discusses different proposals on how Donald Trump plans to make Mexico pay for the wall. The viability of each proposal, as well as the pros and cons of each, have been listed down in this article.

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This article explains Donald Trump’s viewpoint on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It takes a closer look at the provisions in NAFTA and explains why it is indeed a horrendous deal from America’s point of view.

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This article explains why prohibition is a bad economic policy. It explores the drug problem from an economic point of view and explains why law enforcement is nothing but a wastage of resources. This article is a classic example of how sometimes moral judgment and economic sense can be at odds.

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This article explains why the economy of Scotland is deteriorating. It also explains the possible impacts of a Scottish independence would be on its economy and hence why pressing for independence is a bad idea.

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This article explains the issues with the Saudi Arabian economy. It explains how Saudi might end up being bankrupt over the next few years if corrective measures are not immediately undertaken.

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This article explains the myth that socialism is behind the economic prosperity of the Nordic nations. It explains that Nordic countries are not socialistic at all and the success is the result of their culture and not of socialism.

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The key themes that emerge in this article are that globalization has had both a homogenizing and a diversifying effect on leaders of companies, states, and regions. This means that globalization has succeeded in ensuring a global mindset among some leaders and at the same time has made other leaders parochial and narrow-minded in their approach. This is the dichotomy that this article explores in detail in the succeeding sections.

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This article argues for Governments and Businesses to work together to mitigate the Disruption and Dislocation to jobs and other aspects of the economy to automation. Indeed, the key theme in this article is that emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution is unlike earlier waves of innovation and hence unless steps are taken, we might very well witness massive social unrest due to rising costs of living and falling wages and joblessness.

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As the World Ages, all stakeholders must plan for the various aspects of the financial, physical, infrastructural, and social challenges of the Graying Societies and this article examines some of the challenges and proposes some tentative approaches. The key themes in this article are that unless we prepare for how to provide pensions to the elderly, ensure medical attention to them, and have enough people to take care of them, growing old can become a curse and place strains on all stakeholders.

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Any firm exists to make profits, and for this, it needs to grow. This article explains the different strategies that firms follow to increase their profits and to actualize growth. The key theme in this article is that some basic rules of growth are the same in any economy and on top of that, firms devise different strategies based on time, geography, sector, and distance. Further, this article also takes a chronological sweep to understand how growth strategies have evolved over the years.

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This article explains the H1B visa. It also explains how this visa was being misused. Then it lists the new rules that will be put into practice by the Trump administration, and they are likely to solve the problem.

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This article explains the negative consequences of H1B visa ban on the American economy. It debunks the popular belief that getting rid of immigrants and “reclaiming” American jobs would make America great again!

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This article debunks common misconceptions that make people believe that their jobs can be stolen. It also explains how immigrants and Americans are competing against each other for the same set of jobs. They are not complementing each other’s skills as was thought earlier.

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This article examines the many disruptions that have been the characteristic of the Indian Telecom sector over the years. As part of this analysis, this article explores the past to understand the present and make some educated predictions. The key theme in this article is that despite all the disruptions, the Indian Telecom Sector remains attractive to Global Telecom Majors for the near future.

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This article explains how Greece’s economy can be constructed grounds up. It explains the various challenges facing the Greek economy. It then provides a step by step methodology to be followed to convert Greece from a defaulter to an economic powerhouse.

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This article explains how automation is going to impact the employment scenario. It explains the rapid steps that mankind is making in the direction of automation. It provides a realistic and unbiased view of how automation is likely to affect job creation in the future.

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This article discusses the pros and cons of Bill Gates’ proposal to levy a tax on robots. It explains the pros and cons in detail before arriving at a conclusion.

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This article explains the concept of “internet of things”. It also explains why it is popular amongst the businesses and not amongst the consumers. The article also lists down the biggest challenge being faced by this technology.

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This article explains the concept of pollution tax. It explains the rationale behind this tax and how it could put an end to the pollution problem. Also, it explains the possible pitfalls that the tax may face if it is implemented by a single regime only. The Pollution tax is a global solution and must be implemented as such.

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This article explains the tax regime in place in Dubai. It explains how Dubai is far from being a no tax country. The various taxes levied are listed and explained in this article.

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This article is a primer about the internet business environment in China. It lists down some of the biggest companies in the Chinese markets. It explains why these companies are successful within China but not outside of China.

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This article introduces the concept of water privatization. It explains how privatization is the norm in many parts of the world. The pros and cons of privatization are then listed out to provide the user a complete picture.

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This article explains the economics of electric cars. It begins by summarizing the success story of Elon Musk’s Tesla. It then continues to list down the economic and regulatory reasons that have an impact on the mass adaptation of electric cars.

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This article explains the significant infrastructure push that Americans are about to receive under the Trump administration. It also explains how it likely to be funded and how the capital will be rationed amongst various projects.

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Is more the better at all times, or, is small beautiful? This article examines the pros and cons of our current growth at all costs economic and social model and argues that it is time for us to embrace sustainability and responsibility in our lifestyles and paradigms. Otherwise, we would be perhaps facing a dark future for which the coming generations would suffer.

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Firms love growth and shareholders are happy as long as they are growing. Having said that, not all firms achieve the desired growth, and this article examines some strategies that firms can actualize to grow and become market leaders. The key theme in this article is that there is no one single approach to growth and it depends on sensing and intuiting the market trends to adopt and adapt a particular growth strategy.

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This article provides an explanation about the Canadian housing bubble. It lists down the reasons which are causing this housing bubble. It then also lists down the possible effects that this bubble is likely to have on the market.

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The contemporary organizations are learning to manage the latest and newest entrants who are the Millennial Generation. This is perhaps the first generation which is radically different from earlier ones, and hence, managers and organizations need to understand what makes them tick and manage them accordingly. This article examines such approaches that managers in contemporary organizations can employ to manage the Millennials.

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The Millennials or those born between 1985 and 2000 and who are known thus as they have come of age in the Millennium need to understand as to what makes their consumer behavior tick. For this, the marketers need to be aware of some aspects about this age cohort which can help them greatly. This article examines some approaches that marketers can adopt when Marketing to the Millennials.

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This article explains the history of protectionism. It also explains why protectionism is a dangerous policy. The pitfalls of the policy, as well as previous implementations, are listed to demonstrate that the measures being enacted by Donald Trump are neither new nor novel and have zero chance of being effective.

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This article is a case study of the Indian corporates, Infosys, and the TATA group, about the issues being faced by them over the last two to three years and which hold important insights and learning’s for all organizations. As part of the discussion, this article examines several insights that arise from the ongoing sagas of these two firms and which are essential for all students and practitioners of management.

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This article explains the economic model behind Singapore’s success. It enumerates Singapore’s achievements and also explains how both capitalism and welfare state form part of the Singapore model.

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How do firms such as Uber, AirBnB, and Upwork compete in the emerging digital economy? Are there any downsides to this new world of work? Or, is it a win-win proposition for all stakeholders? This article explores these themes and recommends that all stakeholders come together to usher in the next wave of innovation and revolution in the way business works so that everyone benefits in the end.

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This article examines the causes of the present economic slowdown in the Indian Economy by analyzing threadbare the factors that have caused it. The key themes in this article revolve around the longer term trends as well as the shorter duration consequences of Demonetization and GST as well as the global slowdown in addition to globalization being on a slow slope.

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This article explains the reasons why it is impossible to run the government like a business. It describes how the two forms of organizations are fundamentally different and how Trump has made misleading claims.

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This article explains the business model of AirBnB. It also lists down and describes the common issues affecting people in the AirBnB ecosystem.

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The Indian Economy has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Faced with a slowdown and the possibility of faster growth, not on the horizon, the chances of a New Normal of low growth and slower job creation loom large on the radar. This article explains the reasons for the New Normal and argues that the structural reforms that have been introduced would take time to materialize into actual results on the ground. The key theme in this article is that it is better to be realistic instead of being overly optimistic and at the same time, not giving in to pessimism.

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It is a fact that immigration to the West has become more difficult in the present times. The election of President Trump in the United States and the Brexit Vote in the United Kingdom have made immigrants unwelcome. Moreover, even Australia and New Zealand are tightening the rules. However, Canada and Germany seem to be attractive. This article explains the present situation in these countries as far as immigration is concerned and suggests some steps that potential immigrants can take.

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This article discusses the global race between American and Chinese firms for profitability and sheer survival. The key themes that are examined include the levels of support that they are getting from their respective governments as well as how both governments are aiding them in their quest for global domination. In addition, this article also discusses other trends in the global economy.

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Indian Corporates are struggling with high debts and low growth. This has created a double whammy for them which are further compounded by Demonetization and GST. Perhaps, this is the first serious domestic downturn since the liberalization of the Indian Economy and comes at a time when oil prices are at historical lows and the global economies are rebounding. The government is trying to help them through stimulus and other policy measures. This article examines these themes from multiple perspectives.

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This article examines and analyzes the impact of Demonetization on the Indian Economy. The discussion is as much about analyzing the impact on the economy as it is about the need to introduce behavioral changes in a gradual and planned manner. The key theme of this article is that structural changes take the time that too in a complex economy such as India, and hence, it would have been better if the measure was phased and not sudden.

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The present wave of populism and protectionism threatens the gains from globalization. The public anger after the 2008 crisis should be addressed for mutual prosperity. Further, financial globalization is continuing, and trade led globalization is faltering. Thus, this article analytically examines these themes and suggests that unless we address the causes of the populist anger, we might yet again witness another crisis.

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There is an energy revolution underway across the world. The transition from nonrenewable energy to renewable sources presents opportunities for global investors and firms who can benefit literally as well as metaphorically from the “Windfall” of the sunny investments and the highly charged returns that come from such investments. This article explains the reasons for this energy shift and discusses how global firms and investors can profit from these trends.

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India is on the cusp of a renewable energy revolution, and Solar seems to be powering much of the ambition and the hype surrounding this transformation. This case study seeks to review the reasons for the solar drive and using some real-world examples; we aim to illustrate some of the caution as well as the optimism that has made investors both hopeful and cautious. We recommend that there has to be cautious and guarded optimism before one rushes to invest in the sector.

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This article explains the Kansas experiment. It lists down the mistakes that lead to the economic failure of the state of Kansas as well the effects that followed the failure.

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Will the Indian Economy maintain its growth rates in 2018? Will there be turbulence ahead or whether there would be a recovery? The answers to these questions would depend on various factors that would be discussed in this article. The key theme of this article is that there is enough scope for Big Bang Reforms in 2018 and with sufficient political will and support from Indian Industry; the Indian Economy can indeed be turbocharged in 2018.

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This article provides details of Amazons tax evasion. The article lists down how Amazon has been unfairly avoiding taxes in the United States as well as in Europe. It also explains how closing of these loopholes is affecting Amazon’s business.

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Aadhar or the process of Universal Identity Numbers for Indians can be a game changer in the way Digital Governance can transform Indian Society and Polity. However, there are some concerns over privacy and security of the Personal Information and the Biometric Data that is being collected. On the other hand, if the government allays these concerns, the Aadhar initiative can indeed help in plugging leakages and revolutionizing last mile delivery of governmental schemes and subsidies.

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This article explains the Chinese interest in the Central and Eastern European nations. It also explains the 16+1 framework. The countermeasures being taken by the European Union and the United States have also been explained.

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This article explains the impact of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the Mexican economy. It debunks the common myth that Mexico has been a beneficiary of this policy and lists down the losses faced by Mexico.

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This article explains the controversy surrounding Apple’s admission that it does slow down older iPhones. The issue has been analyzed from an ethical as well as economic standpoint.

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This article explains the big tax breaks given to corporations for repatriating money back to America. It provides Apple’s examples and explains how companies are saving billions of dollars as a result of this new plan. The possible benefit that the average American may derive from these policies is also discussed.

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There is a jobs crisis on in India at the moment. This is leading to social unrest and chaos, and the key theme of this article is that without absorbing all the Millions of youth entering the workforce, India is at the risk of Implosion. Also, the paradox of high economic growth and low employment needs to be addressed soon. Apart from this, jobless growth has to be transformed into gainful and meaningful economic prosperity for all.

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What makes regions such as Silicon Valley and cities such as Bangalore emerge as global hotspots of innovation? Is there some secret recipe for their success? The combination of geography, climate, political drive, economic considerations, and wisdom of crowds, which are listed as the factors behind these cities and regions are discussed in this article. Apart from this, this article also examines how other regions worldwide can emulate these centers of innovation that are showing some signs of decline for various reasons.

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The global economy is growing. Technology has made the lives of people more comfortable. So, why are people angry? The answer is that the gains are accruing to the top and technology has widened the wealth disparities. In addition, globalization has been good for the many but awesome for the few and hence, there is anger among those “left behind”. This has resulted in populist trends such as Trump and Brexit. Thus, we need a new narrative about how to make free markets work for everyone and not for the few alone.

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While the future seems bleak for low skilled workers and young Millennials, there are ways in which they can help themselves and this article lists down some of them. Also, instead of directing their anger at the system and against liberal stakeholders, they must not give in to populists and autocrats and instead, look for the positives. Indeed, as this article discusses, the system can only help those who help themselves.

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This article explains how Google is facing a conflict of interest. It lists the products that are causing this conflict. Both financial, as well as ethical aspects of Google’s new business model, have been discussed in this article.

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This article explains how buying locally helps the economy. It explains how small businesses benefit the economy more than the large corporations. It also tells why buying local is also beneficial for the environment.

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This article provides information about the Saudi government’s bailout measures. The article explains why the Saudi government finds itself in the middle of a crisis and then lists the steps being taken to recover from it.

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This article explains how social media affects workers’ productivity in the office. Important statistics about this issue have been mentioned. Also, some suggestions have been provided to help companies formulate new policies.

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This article explains how the music industry has continued to survive. It explains the effect of piracy and free internet. The new sources of revenue for the music industry have been listed and explained in this article.

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This article talks about Amazon’s latest foray into the shipping industry. It lists the likely benefit that Amazon may obtain by launching this service. It also explains why incumbents such as FedEx and UPS have an advantage over Amazon.

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This article explains the impact of tariff impositions on steel and aluminum. It lists the industries that are likely to be affected. It also explains the possibility of retaliatory measures by other nations.

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Indian cities are becoming unlivable. As can be seen from the events of the last two years, the urban crisis afflicts everyone and hence, it is time for collective action and not resorting to blame games. We have the resources and the administrative capabilities and all that we need is for everyone to come together to address the problems. We also owe it to the future generations to leave them a future that is worth living.

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This article explains the economic losses being caused by traffic jams. It analyses the connection of complex problems like carbon emissions with traffic jams. It also lists the common sense measures which need to be taken to control this problem.

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Cities worldwide are in a global race for investments and this article explains the why or the reasons for such competition as well as the how or the mechanisms of such competition. The key themes in this article are that for political, economic, demographic, and social reasons, cities do not have the luxury of waiting for investments and indeed, are being necessitated to seek investments.

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This article explains the economics of drug pricing. It explains the concept of branded and generic drugs. It also explains why these drugs are differently priced. Lastly, it explains why this differential pricing is not unethical but in fact necessary for the proper functioning of the pharma market.

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This article explains how fiat money as well as trade deficits are linked with each other. It also explains how massive trade deficits would be impossible under a gold standard. It also explains how the excessive printing of dollars could cause hyperinflation in the United States.

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There has been much talk about Trade Wars in recent months. In this article, we examine what Free Trade is and how Trade Wars affect different stakeholders. In addition, we also discuss Trade Wars in the context of President Trump’s promise of America First and Make America Great Again. Lastly, we also analyze the benefits of Free Trade and some measures that can be taken to redress the current situation.

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This article explains the two biggest myths being propagated by American politicians. It explains why manufacturing jobs are not necessary for economic growth. It also explains why it would be wrong to say that American firms are facing unfair competition.

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This article discusses Trump’s allegations against Amazon. Relevant facts pertaining to these allegations have been examined to provide an unbiased picture.

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This article explains Amazon’s strategy of vertical integration. It also explains how Amazon has been able to get into various unrelated business and be successful in all of them. The article describes how Amazon let’s other companies use its infrastructure and services for a fee.

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This article explains the increasing role of China in several Latin American economies. It also lists the benefits that both China and Latin America are likely to derive from this economic arrangement.

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This article explains that the wages of the American worker have been stagnant for close to twenty years now. The factors that have led to this stagnation have been explained in detail in this article.

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This article explains the rapid rise of India as a manufacturing hub. It provides a list of the advantages and disadvantages that accrue to companies who decide to set up their manufacturing facilities in India.

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This article explains the plight of the dreamers, i.e., individuals who crossed the American borders illegally when they were kids. It also explains how the United States can learn from Switzerland and resolve the dreamer crisis amicably.

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Sports are now a megabucks enterprise. Millions of Dollars are offered for TV rights and prominent sportspersons are feted like celebrities. How did sports become big business and what are the implications of such a trend on other stakeholders? More importantly, are there any collateral benefits as well as drawbacks of this? In addition, does the excessive commercialization of some sports crowds out the others? These are some of the themes that would be tackled in this article.

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How are corporates, exporters, and governments responding to protectionism? How should students wishing to study abroad plan for their future? What should working professionals aspiring to emigrate do? These are some of the themes that are examined in this article. The global to Glocal movement has now reached purely local strategies and hence, all stakeholders must prepare accordingly. Further, the United States turning inward means that other nations would step up and take its place.

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This article discusses the implications of the recently concluded deal between the American retail behemoth, Walmart, and the Indian eCommerce firm, Flipkart, on the Indian eCommerce and Retail sectors. This article and the analysis go beyond the headlines to uncover the motivations of the key stakeholders to enter the Indian consumer segments. The key theme in this article is that the Indian eCommerce sector based on heavy discounted business models and strategies is only for those who are in the longer term and do not mind losing money in the shorter term.

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Tourism, despite being profitable, has effects on the environment and the communities that sustain it. Already we are seeing the harmful effects of rampant tourism in India and South East Asia. Thus, there is a need for corporates that benefit from tourism to take up CSR led initiatives. In this context, the ongoing move to involve corporates in maintaining heritage monuments in India can be fruitful for all stakeholders if managed properly. This article examines these themes with the central message of promoting sustainable tourism that benefits everyone in the longer term.

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The Indian Aviation Sector is soaring high but also faces turbulence ahead. This case study explores these themes from multiple perspectives and suggests some measures that can be implemented to minimize the risks and maximize the positives. The discussion is from economic, social, and political aspects covering the past, present, and future of the Indian Aviation Sector.

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This article explains what the term First Mover Advantage means and why it matters to everyone. Using real world examples and relating to professionals, this article examines how the First Mover Advantage works in the present times with the always on and 24/7 market landscape. Having said that, we also caution that First Movers should not become complacent and take their market dominance for granted lest they be upstaged by newer and more agile firms.

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The ongoing trade wars threaten to upend the global trading order established in the aftermath of the Second World War. While the United States under President Trump and his supporters views the present trading order as being unfair and skewed towards certain countries and the elites in particular, there are arguments for its benefits as well. This article considers the pros and cons of globalization and free trade and makes the case for an inclusive and just trading system that works for all and not just the few.

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Most of us would have heard of Singapore as a regional hub for global corporations. However, what makes it unique among its peers and what made it into the same is the subject of this article, which along with a discussion on how its innovative policies as well as efficient administration are discussed in detail. In addition, this article also examines some “clouds on the horizon” which have the capacity to dethrone the city state and suggests some takeaways for its rivals as well as some future pointers on how it can remain in the reckoning.

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Recessions arrive without warning and cause economic shocks for which nations and individuals are often unprepared. Moreover, creative destruction of industries means that professionals must be on the lookout for warning signs. In addition, governments seem to be failing in their duty to create social safety nets to shield and buffer their citizens during economic shocks. Taken together, what these mean is that one must look back to the past for insights, embrace the present by staying focused, and prepare for the future by having a clear vision.

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If you have been following the Greek Debt Crisis and want to know more about the latest deal that has been described as historic, this article provides the context, the background, and the way ahead about the different aspects of the crisis. In addition, this article also examines the lessons for other nations and especially India as it goes into an election year where the tendency to be populist is stronger. Lastly, we conclude with cautious optimism about Greece and how it can avoid such crises in the future.

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With much hype around India achieving Double Digit Economic growth, it is often forgotten or overlooked about the very real constraints that India faces in terms of physical, human, and social capital. This article examines some of the barriers to economic growth and analyzes whether India can surmount them and grow more and faster. Apart from this, this article also discusses why successive waves of reform have failed to succeed as far as these barriers are concerned.

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This article explains the reasons for the growth of the economy of Germany. It contrasts the economy of Germany and China to explain why the German economic growth is superior. It also provides a primer on the economic history of Germany.

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While the BRICS or the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa grouping captured the imagination of investors for a decade or more, it is now the MINT or the Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey that investors are interested as they look beyond BRICS. In addition, the MINT countries also are yet to be saturated and this is attracting investors.

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The urban regions of the world are on the cusp of social unrest if the problems related to urbanization are not addressed immediately. This article explains some of the problems of rapid and massive urbanization and suggests some solutions that can be implemented to tackle them. In addition, this article also examines how cities in India and elsewhere are facing acute and pressing problems that need political will to solve them. Lastly, this article also considers the Smart City paradigm that can be a solution to the problems discussed here.

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This is a case study on the Indian Telecom Sector. This case study analyzes the growth of the sector and explains how it has transformed Indian Society and Economy in ways that were not conceivable a few decades ago. We use strategic tools such as PESTLE Analysis to examine the environmental factors that impact the sector as well as provide a discussion on how Reliance Jio has been disruptive to the sector. We conclude this case study with a note of caution on the road ahead for the sector as well as an optimistic outlook about future innovations.

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FOMO or the Fear of Missing out when interacting with Digital Devices is very real and a serious problem. This article explains what FOMO is, what its manifestations are, and how we can mitigate its consequences. In addition, this article also argues that while technology might be value neutral, we are reaching a point where it is enslaving us instead of empowering us and it is time we took steps to address this issue.

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As Europe and the European Union are in the news recently, this article examines the ideas underpinning its creation, the threats that it faces, and the flaws in its structure that can lead to the demise of the European Union as a cohesive unit. Moreover, we argue that the present fudge approach to crises that are supposedly solved without addressing the root causes cannot last for long and it is high time Europe takes a collective decision to remain united as otherwise chaos and anarchy would ensue.

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With the world embracing the digital, the future would be all about digital and physical modes of communications, transactions, work, and life supplementing and complementing each other. In this exciting future where machines and artificial intelligence would take over from the physical work and our minds as well, it would be bewildering to those who are not ready for the future. This article examines these themes along with some practical suggestions on how to prepare for the digital future.

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Smart Cities are the rage everywhere. The Utopian promise of living in such regions should be balanced with the realities as well. Smart Cities use cutting edge technologies to actualize seamless and convenient urban governance. However, massive investments are needed to make them a reality. On the other hand, the challenges of the 21st Century are such that unless we transition into sustainable modes of living, we risk collapse. Thus, there is a need to make Smart Cities workable.

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The emergence of the internet was accompanied by high hopes that it would lead to an egalitarian and just world. However, as can be seen now, it has not yet fully realized its potential for social justice. Having said that, it did usher in many changes in the way we communicate, work, live, and transact commerce. This article examines the hopes and the disappoints as well as the promise and the future of how the internet has evolved over the years.

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The Futurists in the world are predicting a Digital Utopia that is connected and would erase the difference between Humans and Machines and instead, usher in an era where Digital Humans would be the norm. Having said that, one must also consider who benefits and who loses in this connected future. In addition, this article also illustrates the specific ways in which the connected future would change all of us.

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It is no secret that technology has taken over our lives. We cannot imagine a world without Google which did not exist a couple of decades ago. Similarly, Amazon has pioneered online selling and Facebook has redefined what it means to socialize. In the same manner, Apple with its iPhone ushered in the Smartphone era. Thus, this article examines the dominance of these firms in the 21st Century and notes that while there are concerns about such power, it is up to us to make it work for beneficial rather than harmful ends.

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The Indian Education Sector is in need of reform. From high dropout rates at the primary school level, to low quality of education at the secondary level, and the unemployable graduates at the higher education level, there is a need for comprehensive overhaul of the sector. This article examines these themes and suggests some measures that the Indian Government along with social activists and societal stakeholders can implement and recommends a bottom up approach to reform that works.

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Investment Bankers are often called the Masters of the Universe for their ability to create magical and exotic financial products that net their clients’ huge profits. Having said that, their excessive risk taking has caused serious damage to the economies worldwide as seen during the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. This case study examines how Investment Banking operates by using the PESTLE and Porter’s Five Forces Model to discuss and analyze how the larger environment impacts them and in turn, how they shape it to their advantage.

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The election of President Trump upended the economic and foreign policies prevailing in the United States. At the same time, Trump has consistently been more pro corporates and big business than his Republican Predecessors and he also retained the support of a broad voter base that was left behind by globalization and technology. Thus, this article examines how President Trump and his economic and foreign policies affect corporates and argues that the United States being a bastion and beacon of Capitalism and Free Market Democracy would always put the interests of the capitalists first.

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Debt is basic and central to capitalist free market economies. Debt is like an addiction that is healthy when pursued in moderation and toxic and when done in excess. This article takes these themes and examines the implications of the global debt trap on economies, businesses, and individuals. This article argues that responsible lending and borrowing are the solutions to the prevailing debt paradigm and that, all of us have to save and invest and not merely continue mortgaging our future by borrowing in excess.

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India jumped 30 places in the Ease of Business Rankings published by the World Bank. This was promptly cheered by the government which held it as proof that the Indian Economy was on the right track. So, what is the Ease of Business Rankings and why does it matter to developing and emerging economies such as India? This article answers this question and explains why such rankings are important for investors.

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We have been hearing a lot about Digital India over the last one year. Is such a move to make Digital India realistic or mere slogan when one takes into account the ground realities? Moreover, there is a need for behavioral changes and hence, these changes must be nudged as well. This article examines these themes in addition to describing the hardware building that is needed for the software of digital modes of transactions.

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The election season is approaching and it is time for the final arbiters of the Indian polity, the voters, to make up their mind about how well the Modi Sarkar performed in economic terms. While Acche Din might be yet on the horizon, there are some notable successes. Having said that, the reality is that the Indian Economy is too complex to be reformed by Big Bang approaches. This article examines these themes and provides a context for the Indian voters as the elections approach.

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This article explains the concept of mileage tax. It explains how this tax is different from the gas tax. The shortcomings of the gas tax as well as the limitations of the mileage tax have been listed in this article.

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This article explains how the problem of immigration and drug war are actually linked. It explains how the war on drugs has created anarchy in many Central American nations. It also explains how this anarchy has caused the citizens to flee the persecution and illegally immigrate to the United States.

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This article explains why the cost of living is extraordinarily high in Brazil. The most important factors have been listed in this article. The explanation challenges the assumption that Brazil can be called an emerging economy.

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This article explains the common misconceptions about poverty that influence decision making regarding the same. It debunks some of the myths and provides alternative explanations.

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This article explains about the rise of the Chinese multinational. It also explains how Chinese companies have grown into multinationals. It also describes some of the problems that these companies face when they try to conduct business abroad.

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This article describes how socialism is a failed system and how countries like Russia and China have also adopted capitalism. It lists the measures that need to be taken when nations change from socialism to capitalism. The example of countries like China and Russia has been given to explain the context in which these policies have been implemented in the past.

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This article explains how an economic blockade was constructed by Saudi in order to destroy the fledgling Qatari economy. It also describes why this blockade failed and how the Qatari economy is now growing faster than ever before.

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This article explains the details of the Time Warner-AT&T. It describes the reasons which led to the lawsuit. It also explains how this deal is likely to affect various stakeholders.

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This case study discusses and examines the environmental and structural characteristics of the Indian Healthcare sector. The present model of high priced and unaffordable healthcare is increasingly being challenged by many stakeholders and especially the government which has now taken up the mammoth task of providing quality healthcare to all citizens irrespective of class or status. Moreover, with the key imperative being the need to develop human capital for becoming a developed country, India needs its citizens to be healthy and thereby contribute productively.

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This article explains the debt situation in Malaysia. It describes how a crowdfunding campaign has been launched by the Malaysian government to get rid of this problem. It also explains the major caused that have led to this situation as well as the measures being taken to get out of this debt trap.

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This article explains why the divestment of Air India failed. It explains the problems with Air India which scared away potential suitors. It also describes how the Indian government will be affected because of the inability to make this divestment.

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This article explains the concept of planned obsolescence. It provides economic arguments as to why planned obsolescence is not really a reality but a figment of the imagination of some critics and commentators.

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This article describes the rise of the e-sports industry. It also lists the notable investments made by multinational companies like Sony, Amazon, and YouTube into this domain.

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This article explains the tax reform problem facing Jordan. It describes how steep increment in tax rates has led to increased prices. It also explains the cause of the problem, i.e., the high influx of Syrian refugees and the stopping of international aid by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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No other sector in India has benefited by liberalization and the boom in economic growth as the Indian Automobile sector. Thus, the major auto makers are accelerating at a frenetic pace due to the combination of the various factors at work. Having said that, they are also hampered by very real physical and environmental concerns that threaten to put brakes on their growth. This is the reason this case study is titled Braked Acceleration and the analysis and discussion in the case study examines the factors that drive the growth and constrain it at the same time.

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This article explains that currency crisis in Argentina. It describes the root cause of this currency crisis. It also describes how this crisis can be mitigated. The role of the IMF and the United States has been explained in this article. Economic alternatives facing Argentina have also been seen in the light of the political implications that they can cause.

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This article explains the concept of job guarantee program that is being promoted by Bernie Sanders. It also lists some of the glaring flaws of this program. The article describes how this scheme can lead to total annihilation of the economy.

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The article explains the reason behind China’s interest in Venezuelan politics. It also describes how a Sino Venezuelan deal would end up creating synergies for both nations. However, the limitations of China on account of the financial difficulties being faced by them have also been listed in this article.

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The Mouse Charmers is a Case Study of the Indian IT and Software Industry with a primer on its evolution and transformation into a global success story and changing perceptions about India and Indians, along the way. Further, this case study also discusses the challenges that the industry faces at the moment with the inward looking and protectionist policies in the West. In addition, this case study also examines how the Indian IT firms are being impacted by cultural factors that have arisen from purely local considerations.

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In a short span of less than two years, Reliance Jio has become synonymous with disruption and game changing strategies. Its entry into the Indian Telecom Sector has changed the rules of the game in addition to disrupting the carefully planned strategies of the other players. This case study examines the business, marketing, and strategic moves of Reliance Jio using tools such as SWOT, Porter’s Five Forces, and BCG Matrix. The key theme in this case study is that Mukesh Ambani has invested more than physical capital and indeed, his reputation is at stake as far as the success or failure of Jio is concerned.

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This article explains how immigration is helping the Canadian economy. Factors such as aging workforce and increasing aggregate demand have been addressed in this article. Lastly, the article also lists some problems that are currently faced by immigrants.

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This article explains the concept of bundled payments in the health insurance industry. It lists the advantage of this newly created model. It also lists the challenges associated with this model.

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This article lists the challenges facing the Russian economy. It also explains why each of these factors poses a severe threat and the steps that need to be taken by Vladimir Putin to ensure the growth of the Russian economy.

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This article explains the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data scandal. It also explains why Facebook is being held responsible in this scandal. Lastly, it also explains the economic impact of the scandal and how Facebook plans to recover from it.

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This article discusses the rapid growth rate being clocked by the Turkish economy. It also explains how this unchecked growth is threatening the foundation of the Turkish economy.

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This article explains the moral and economic drawbacks of a free healthcare system. Examples have been taken from countries like Canada where free healthcare is already in place.

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This article explains the logic behind rising fuel prices in India. It describes how the increase in prices only hurts the top 15% of the Indian population. It also explains, how the revenue generated is used to fund socialist pro-poor schemes.

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This article explains the various arguments that are given against the gender pay gap. The article differentiates between arguments that do make a valid point versus others which do not make any sense.

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This article explains the impact of the strengthening dollar. It first explains why the dollar is strengthening. Later it goes on to explain how different parties will be affected as a result of this surge in the value of the dollar.

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The Indian FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Sector has always been enjoying good growth and steady and consistent performance. The Acche Din or the Good Days in this sector are evergreen and this article examines the reasons for the same as well as analyses how the success of Patanjali shows the way for other Indian grown brands. Further, this article also discusses the evolution of this sector over the decades and how the Indian consumer looking for novelty and quality has experimented with various brands and products.

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This article explains the “homeless tax” being levied in the city of Seattle. It explains why this tax doesn’t provide any economic relief. Amazon’s response to this tax has also been documented in this article.

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This article introduces the world of private equity. It explains how private equity firms make money. It then also lists some of the problems that the private equity industry is facing.

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This article lists the top five economic myths that are prevalent in the economic beliefs of people. It debunks each myth using logical explanations. Alternative economic possibilities are also considered in this article.

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This article explains the fuel price discount being offered by Venezuela to India. It also explains what the economic impact of accepting this offer would be.

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This article explains why big tech companies have become too big. It also explains how this poses a danger to the entire business ecosystem. As a result, arguments have been made as to why it is appropriate to break down these companies into smaller parts.

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This article explains the ill effects of the possible trade war between China and America. It explains that China and America have a symbiotic trade relationship. Any attempts to bully China will lead to adverse economic consequences for both the nations.

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This article explains the rise and impact of nation branding. It lists the common objectives of nation branding and explains how several countries have used nation branding to achieve these objectives. Lastly, it also explains the negative aspects of nation branding.

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This article explains the problems with antitrust regulations. It states the history of these regulations. It also explains why these regulations do not add value any longer. The major criticisms against antitrust regulations have been listed in this article.

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This article explains the concept of national competitiveness. It debunks some of the myths related to the issue. It then explains the new theory of national competitiveness as propounded by Harvard professor Michael Porter.

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This article explains the repercussions of the Sino American trade war. It explains how this war will bring economic losses to both the nations. However, it lists down other nations that will benefit from this war. The article explains how the supply chains are going to change as a result of this new policy.

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This article explains the background of the pension and compensation protests at Kentucky after an order was issued recently by Governor Bevin. It explains how this massive pension problem was created in the first place and how did it go undetected for so long.

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This article explains how regulating Facebook is counterproductive. It explains how regulations will end up protecting Facebook’s interest and making it even stronger. The processes by which regulations are used to create and enforce monopolies have also been explained in this article.

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This article describes the details of India’s new draft e-commerce policy. It explains how some of the rules have been created to favor Indian companies over multinationals. It also explains why companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart will lobby the American government to prevent this draft from becoming the law.

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This article explains what a price war is. It also explains how a price war affects the different players in the market. Lastly, the top five strategies to face a price war have been listed in this article.

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