How Modern Slavery Impacts the Environment
There are 45 million enslaved people in the world today. The links between slavery, conflict, environmental destruction, economics and consumption began to strengthen and evolve in the 20th century. The availability of people who might be enslaved dramatically increased in line with population growth – and often, slaves are forced to do work that is […]
China Expert Kevin Rudd Examines the Future of U.S.-China Relations
China is a complex country, and so is the U.S. relationship with it. For Kevin Rudd, a China expert and former Australian prime minister, his vantage point allows him to step back and see that relationship from a different perspective. Rudd’s insights into President Xi Jinping’s ideological worldview have drawn the attention of governments across […]
Smart Money: Education Investments in Adolescents Earn Higher Returns
Caroline Hoxby, professor of economics at Stanford University and one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of education economics, says investing in education in early adolescents can have profound impacts on the continuation of learning through teenage years and beyond. More education leads to social cohesion, advancing economic opportunity, reducing inequality and decreasing […]
Is it Time to Rethink the Idea of the Amoral Economic Man?
There is a widely held belief that when designing public policy or legal systems, it makes the most sense to assume that all citizens are entirely self-interested and amoral. It’s a theory known as “homo economicus” or “economic man.” But, economist Samuel Bowles argues against that belief in his book The Moral Economy: Why Good […]