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Oh, the morality: why ethics matters in economics

“Morally bankrupt” is how a recently departing Goldman Sachs executive described the culture of the investment bank. As noted in Business Day, this view “is common among the bank’s critics, many of whom see the firm as a symbol of Wall street’s excesses and a culture of greed which has wreaked havoc on US business […] … learn more→

Unions are key to improving labor abuses in China

American consumers who are outraged to learn that sleek iPads and iPhones are made by underpaid, overworked Chinese laborers, take note: Long-distance support for workers who build for Apple Inc. and other companies is unlikely to have much impact. \”Ongoing labor rights violations in China, despite years and years of consumer campaigns in the West, […] … learn more→

For the electric car, a slow road to success

For the electric car, a slow road to success

The big electric car launches of 2011 failed to generate the consumer excitement that some had predicted. But as new battery technologies emerge and tougher mileage standards kick in, automakers and analysts still believe that electric vehicles have a bright future. … learn more→

When women rule

Voters often regard politicians with derision — so often, in fact, they may lose sight of the extent to which elected officials are role models for younger people. Indeed, new evidence suggests that when those politicians are female, they play a highly influential and positive role in the lives of young women. A newly published […] … learn more→

3 Questions: Stephen Van Evera on the withdrawal from Iraq

This month marks the formal withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, more than eight years after they arrived in 2003. What effect will the departure of the troops have on Iraq, and what are the remaining security concerns in the country? I asked Stephen Van Evera, the Ford International Professor of Political Science and an […] … learn more→

How it works: Water for electricity

The United States uses many different technologies to produce electricity. It is important to understand the different impacts these technologies have on water resources. Water’s many roles in electricity Water is involved at many points in the process of producing electricity: Electricity Generation – More than 90 percent of U.S. power plants require cooling, a […] … learn more→