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  • I: Empirics -- 1. The Double-Edged Sword: The Microfinance Model and the Moral Hazards Inherent Within It -- 2. Poverty's Panacea or Snake Oil Salesmen: Does Microfinance Work? -- II: Ethics -- (i) 'Micro'-Ethics: The Ethics of the Practices of Microfinance -- 3. From Empowerment to Exploitation: MFIs and Their Borrowers -- 4. From Solidarity to Coercion: The Dynamics of the Group -- 5. The Dog Not Barking: A Duty of Care in Microfinance -- (ii) 'Macro'-Ethics: The Ethics of the Industry of Microfinance -- 6. Silenced Stories: the Distribution of Benefits & Burdens within Microfinance -- 7. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil: Microfinance and the Informal Economy -- 8. The Macro Impact of Microfinance -- III: Making Microfinance More Ethical -- 9. Keeping the Good, Eliminating the Bad, Transforming the Ugly: How to Practice Microfinance Ethically -- 10. Wider Lessons: What We Can Learn from Microfinance for anti-poverty development efforts.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199383191 20160619
Microfinance began with the noble aim of alleviating poverty through the extension of small loans to poor borrowers, and has grown to now serve approximately 200,000,000 peoplethe majority of whom are female. Yet despite claims to the contrary, the practice has not been proven to have succeeded in either enriching or empowering its borrowers. In a thorough-going ethical assessment of the industry, Can Microfinance Work? examines the central microfinance model and whether or not it is effective, the extent to which the practice creates the conditions for exploitation and coercion to occur, and whether the distribution of the benefits and burdens of microfinance is likely to be an ethical one. Author Lesley Sherratt argues for the establishment of a duty of care in microfinance in recognition of the vulnerability of the client base. She also examines the ethical dilemmas inherent in working in the informal sector, as well as microcredits macro impact on economies. From there, Sherratt draws some wider lessons microfinance can offer anti-poverty developments in general. Challengingly, the book considers how microfinance might be reformed to ensure it is practiced both more ethically and effectively, and in doing so, argues that only a part of the industry may survive in its current form. The bulk could instead bifurcate in to one of two camps, either scaling down to become predominantly savings rather than credit vehicles, probably subsidized; or scaling up to provide credit to small and medium enterprise lending operations. For the rest, it is argued that establishing a non-exploitative interest rate, ending the practice of group liability, and fully specifying a duty of carewith, if necessary, regulation developed to enforce theseare microfinances urgent ethical priorities.
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  • Preface ix 1. Introduction: The Ascent and Descent of Growth 1 PART I. 1870-1940-THE GREAT INVENTIONS CREATE A REVOLUTION INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOME 25 2. The Starting Point: Life and Work in 1870 27 3. What They Ate and Wore and Where They Bought It 62 4. The American Home: From Dark and Isolated to Bright and Networked 94 5. Motors Overtake Horses and Rail: Inventions and Incremental Improvements 129 6. From Telegraph to Talkies: Information, Communication, and Entertainment 172 7. Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Illness and Early Death 206 8. Working Conditions on the Job and at Home 247 9. Taking and Mitigating Risks: Consumer Credit, Insurance, and the Government 288 Entr'acte. The Midcentury Shift from Revolution to Evolution 319 PART II. 1940-2015-THE GOLDEN AGE AND THE EARLY WARNINGS OF SLOWER GROWTH 329 10. Fast Food, Synthetic Fibers, and Split-Level Subdivisions: The Slowing Transformation of Food, Clothing, and Housing 331 11. See the USA in Your Chevrolet or from a Plane Flying High Above 374 12. Entertainment and Communications from Milton Berle to the iPhone 409 13. Computers and the Internet from the Mainframe to Facebook 441 14. Antibiotics, CT Scans, and the Evolution of Health and Medicine 461 15. Work, Youth, and Retirement at Home and on the Job 498 Entr'acte. Toward an Understanding of Slower Growth 522 PART III. THE SOURCES OF FASTER AND SLOWER GROWTH 533 16. The Great Leap Forward from the 1920s to the 1950s: What Set of Miracles Created It? 535 17. Innovation: Can the Future Match the Great Inventions of the Past? 566 18. Inequality and the Other Headwinds: Long-Run American Economic Growth Slows to a Crawl 605 Postscript: America's Growth Achievement and the Path Ahead 641 Acknowledgments 653 Data Appendix 657 Notes 667 References 717 Credits 741 Index 745.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691147727 20160919
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from forty-five to seventy-two years. Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth provides an in-depth account of this momentous era. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Gordon challenges the view that economic growth can or will continue unabated, and he demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 can't be repeated. He contends that the nation's productivity growth, which has already slowed to a crawl, will be further held back by the vexing headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government. Gordon warns that the younger generation may be the first in American history that fails to exceed their parents' standard of living, and that rather than depend on the great advances of the past, we must find new solutions to overcome the challenges facing us. A critical voice in the debates over economic stagnation, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.
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  • Preface xi Acknowledgments xix 1 Write What You Know 1 2 Why Seemingly Trivial Random Events Matter 21 3 How Winner-Take-All Markets Magnify Luck's Role 40 4 Why the Biggest Winners Are Almost Always Lucky 56 5 Why False Beliefs about Luck and Talent Persist 69 6 The Burden of False Beliefs 86 7 We're in Luck: A Golden Opportunity 109 8 Being Grateful 128 Appendix 1: Detailed Simulation Results for Chapter 4 151 Appendix 2: Frequently Asked Questions about the Progressive Consumption Tax 158 Notes 173 Index 183.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691167404 20160919
From New York Times bestselling author and economics columnist Robert Frank, a compelling book that explains why the rich underestimate the importance of luck in their success, why that hurts everyone, and what we can do about it How important is luck in economic success? No question more reliably divides conservatives from liberals. As conservatives correctly observe, people who amass great fortunes are almost always talented and hardworking. But liberals are also correct to note that countless others have those same qualities yet never earn much. In recent years, social scientists have discovered that chance plays a much larger role in important life outcomes than most people imagine. In Success and Luck, bestselling author and New York Times economics columnist Robert Frank explores the surprising implications of those findings to show why the rich underestimate the importance of luck in success--and why that hurts everyone, even the wealthy. Frank describes how, in a world increasingly dominated by winner-take-all markets, chance opportunities and trivial initial advantages often translate into much larger ones--and enormous income differences--over time; how false beliefs about luck persist, despite compelling evidence against them; and how myths about personal success and luck shape individual and political choices in harmful ways. But, Frank argues, we could decrease the inequality driven by sheer luck by adopting simple, unintrusive policies that would free up trillions of dollars each year--more than enough to fix our crumbling infrastructure, expand healthcare coverage, fight global warming, and reduce poverty, all without requiring painful sacrifices from anyone. If this sounds implausible, you'll be surprised to discover that the solution requires only a few, noncontroversial steps. Compellingly readable, Success and Luck shows how a more accurate understanding of the role of chance in life could lead to better, richer, and fairer economies and societies.
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  • Preface ix Introduction. The Pitch 1 1. Account Planning 37 2. Creative 89 3. Account Services 147 4. Production and Media 191 Conclusion. Audience Testing 250 Acknowledgments 269 Appendix 1. Transcription Key 271 Appendix 2. Asian American Populations in the United States 272 Notes 275 Glossary 287 References 289 Index 307.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822358770 20160619
In Advertising Diversity Shalini Shankar explores how racial and ethnic differences are created and commodified through advertisements, marketing, and public relations. Drawing from periods of fieldwork she conducted over four years at Asian American ad agencies in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, Shankar illustrates the day-to-day process of creating and producing broadcast and internet advertisements. She examines the adaptation of general market brand identities for Asian American audiences, the ways ad executives make Asian cultural and linguistic concepts accessible to their clients, and the differences between casting Asian Americans in ads for general and multicultural markets. Shankar argues that as a form of racialized communication, advertising shapes the political and social status of Asian Americans, transforming them from "model minorities" to "model consumers." Asian Americans became visible in the twenty-first century United States through a process Shankar calls "racial naturalization." Once seen as foreign, their framing as model consumers has legitimized their presence in the American popular culture landscape. By making the category of Asian American suitable for consumption, ad agencies shape and refine the population they aim to represent.
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  • *Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. vii*Preface, pg. xi*ONE. A Giant Historic Mistake?, pg. 1*TWO. Before the Fall, pg. 25*THREE. Greece and the Idolatry of Debt, pg. 48*FOUR. Ireland: The Private Is Political, pg. 80*FIVE. Europe Digs Deeper, pg. 106*SIX. Righting the Course: From Bail-Out to Bail-In, pg. 139*SEVEN. If Europe Dared to Write Down Debt, pg. 165*EIGHT. Europe's Real Economic Challenges, pg. 189*NINE. The Politics That the Euro Needs, pg. 217*TEN. Great Britain or Little England?, pg. 242*ELEVEN. Remembering What the Euro Is For, pg. 265*Notes, pg. 273*Index, pg. 303.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691168302 20170612
Originally conceived as part of a unifying vision for Europe, the euro is now viewed as a millstone around the neck of a continent crippled by vast debts, sluggish economies, and growing populist dissent. In Europe's Orphan, leading economic commentator Martin Sandbu presents a compelling defense of the euro. He argues that rather than blaming the euro for the political and economic failures in Europe since the global financial crisis, the responsibility lies firmly on the authorities of the eurozone and its member countries. The eurozone's self-inflicted financial calamities and economic decline resulted from a toxic cocktail of unforced policy errors by bankers, politicians, and bureaucrats; the unhealthy coziness between finance and governments; and, above all, an extreme unwillingness to restructure debt. Sandbu traces the origins of monetary union back to the desire for greater European unity after the Second World War. But the euro's creation coincided with a credit bubble that governments chose not to rein in. Once the crisis hit, a battle of both ideas and interests led to the failure to aggressively restructure sovereign and bank debt. Ideologically informed choices set in motion dynamics that encouraged more economic mistakes and heightened political tensions within the eurozone. Sandbu concludes that the prevailing view that monetary union can only work with fiscal and political union is wrong and dangerous--and risks sending the continent into further political paralysis and economic stagnation. Contending that the euro has been wrongfully scapegoated for the eurozone's troubles, Europe's Orphan charts what actually must be done for the continent to achieve an economic and political recovery.
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  • Chapter 1 - Troubles in Euroland: When the Cures Worsen the Disease -- Chapter 2 - This Time Could Be Different: The Aftermath of Financial Crises -- Bibliography -- Chapter 3 - Untold History, Unsolved Mystery: The Long-Term Economic Growth Failure -- Chapter 4 - The Misunderstood Role of the International Monetary Fund -- Chapter 5 - The Latin American Spring -- Chapter 6 - Conclusion: Looking Ahead.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195170184 20160619
Why has the Eurozone ended up with an unemployment rate more than twice that of the United States more than six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers? Why did the vast majority of low- and middle-income countries suffer a prolonged economic slowdown in the last two decades of the 20th century? What was the role of the International Monetary Fund in these economic failures? Why was Latin America able to achieve substantial poverty reduction in the 21st century after more than two decades without any progress? Failed analyzes these questions, explaining why these important economic developments of recent years have been widely misunderstood and in some cases almost completely ignored. First, in the Eurozone, Mark Weisbrot argues that the European authorities' political agenda, which included shrinking the welfare state, reducing health care, pension, and other social spending, and reducing the bargaining power of labor played a very important role in prolonging the Eurozone's financial crisis and pushing it into years of recession and mass unemployment. This conclusion is based not only on public statements of European officials, but also on thousands of pages of documentation from consultations between the IMF and European governments after 2008. The second central theme of Failed is that there are always practical alternatives to prolonged economic failure. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot argues that regardless of initial conditions, there have been and remain economically feasible choices for governments of the Eurozone to greatly reduce unemployment-including the hardest hit, crisis-ridden country of Greece. The long-term economic failure of developing countries, its social consequences, as well as the subsequent recovery in the first decade of the 21st century, constitute the third part of the book's narrative, one that has previously gotten too little attention. We see why the International Monetary Fund has lost influence in middle income countries. Failed also examines the economic causes and consequences of Latin America's "second independence" and rebound in the twenty-first century, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195170184 20160619
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Why the next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos, Acapulco, Lahore, or Mumbai as from Silicon Valley. Elmira Bayrasli's colorful narrative brings readers inside the world of high-growth entrepreneurs as they overcome vexing obstacles to build businesses that create jobs and economic growth and--perhaps most important--shift mindsets. Here are the people who personify the transformative force of entrepreneurship from parts of the world that will be the source of the overwhelming amount of economic growth over the next twenty-five years. Bulent Celebi applies creative genius as he searches for the talent needed to roll out a wireless mesh technology, convincing skeptics from Europe and America that a breakthrough like this could be developed in Turkey. Tayo Oviosu grapples with the poor infrastructure and political chaos to bring financial services to the vast majority of Nigerians who lack access to banks and other financial institutions. Bayrasli takes us on an extraordinary journey, with fascinating eyewitness accounts of courage, endurance, and ingenuity, as people in some of the world's most challenging societies build globally competitive products and services that garner international praise and investment. As these extraordinary entrepreneurs create new economic possibilities in their countries, it becomes clear that the same game-changing creative development that happened in Silicon Valley in the 1960s is occurring right now in unexpected places on "the other side of the world.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781610393034 20160618
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  • Why knowing your value isn't enough
  • What's a woman worth? : Career, personal life, and growing your value
  • Defining your professional value and speaking up for yourself
  • Knowing your inner value
  • Working your value : using your professional and inner value to get what you want
  • Women breadwinners-in-chief at home : when professional life meets intimate relationships
  • "Leave your crown in the garage" : how powerful women subjugate themselves at home to keep the peace
  • "Building a brand around it all" : how successful careers and moms work
  • Establishing your brand : how millennials and entrepreneurs can grow their value from the ground up
  • Rebranding : when it's time for a second act
  • Growing your value : the big picture.
A woman who wants to be successful must make sacrifices, but how can she determine which ones she'll be happy with five, ten, twenty years from now?Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe co-host and New York Times best-selling author of Knowing Your Value, has built a career on inspiring women to assess and then obtain their true value in the workplace. In her books and in her conferences, Mika gives women the tools necessary to advocate for themselves and their financial futures. But that is only the first step; once you know your value, you need to grow it both professionally and personally.Drawing on deeply revealing conversations with powerful and dynamic women, input from researchers and relationship experts, and her own wealth of experience, Mika helps women pinpoint their individual definition of success. She advises her readers to define the  professional value" that encompasses their worth in the workplace, and the  inner value" made up of their core beliefs and goals.Women can stop feeling overwhelmed, overscheduled, frantic, and forever guilty but only if they choose their objectives confidently and unapologetically, and focus their efforts accordingly. Mika encourages women to stop seeking the unobtainable  work-life balance, " and instead pursue a life of honesty and authenticity, where career and home life combine rather than collide.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781602862692 20160711
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On June 23, 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Ann Dunwoody as a four-star general in the US Army--the first time a woman had ever achieved that rank. The news generated excitement around the world. Now retired after nearly four decades in the Army, Dunwoody shares what she learned along the way, from her first command leading 100 soldiers to her final assignment, in which she led a $60 billion enterprise of over 69,000 employees, including the Army's global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan. What was the driving force behind Dunwoody's success? While her talent as a logistician and her empathy in dealing with fellow soldiers helped her rise through the ranks, Dunwoody also realized that true leaders never stop learning, refining, growing, and adapting. In A Higher Standard, Dunwoody details her evolution as a soldier and reveals the core leadership principles that helped her achieve her historic appointment. Dunwoody's strategies are applicable to any leader, no matter the size or scope of the organization. They include lessons such as "Never Walk by a Mistake, " a mandate to recognize when something is wrong, big or small, and to hold people accountable. Not only can this save billions for industry, it can sometimes save the lives of soldiers and citizens. She also advises that "Leaders Aren't Invincible--Don't Try to Be": to be our best, we have to acknowledge our worst. And she encourages readers to "Leverage the Power of Diversity" by creating teams of people from different backgrounds to provide a broad range of ideas and devise the best-informed decisions. With these and other guiding principles, A Higher Standard offers practical, tactical advice that everyone can use to lead and achieve with maximum success.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780738217802 20160618
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The failure of economists to anticipate the global financial crisis and mitigate the impact of the ensuing recession has spurred a public outcry. Economists are under fire, but questions concerning exactly how to redeem the discipline remain unanswered. In this provocative book, renowned economist Meghnad Desai investigates the evolution of economics and maps its trajectory against the occurrence of major political events to provide a definitive answer. Desai underscores the contribution of hubris to economists' calamitous lack of foresight, and he makes a persuasive case for the profession to re-engage with the history of economic thought. He dismisses the notion that one over-arching paradigm can resolve all economic eventualities while urging that an array of already-available theories and approaches be considered anew for the insights they may provide toward preventing future economic catastrophes. With an accessible style and keen common sense, Desai offers a fresh perspective on some of the most important economic issues of our time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300213546 20160618
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Prevailing economic theory attributes the 2008 crash and the Great Recession that followed to low interest rates, relaxed borrowing standards, and the housing price bubble. After careful analyses of statistical evidence, however, Matthew Drennan discovered that income inequality was the decisive factor behind the crisis. Pressured to keep up consumption in the face of flat or declining incomes, Americans leveraged their home equity to take on excessive debt. The collapse of the housing market left this debt unsupported, causing a domino effect throughout the economy. Drennan also found startling similarities in consumer behavior in the years leading to both the Great Depression and the Great Recession. Offering an economic explanation of a phenomenon described by prominent observers including Thomas Piketty, Jacob Hacker, Robert Kuttner, Paul Krugman, and Joseph Stiglitz, Drennan's evenhanded analysis disproves dominant theories of consumption and draws much-needed attention to the persisting problem of income inequality.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300209587 20160619
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Inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the scale of the problem talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public debate but there has been little discussion of what we can do but despair. According to the distinguished economist Anthony Atkinson, however, we can do much more than skeptics imagine. Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems. He presents a comprehensive set of policies that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income in developed countries. The problem, Atkinson shows, is not simply that the rich are getting richer. We are also failing to tackle poverty, and the economy is rapidly changing to leave the majority of people behind. To reduce inequality, we have to go beyond placing new taxes on the wealthy to fund existing programs. We need fresh ideas. Atkinson thus recommends ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. He defends these against the common arguments and excuses for inaction: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded. More than just a program for change, Atkinson s book is a voice of hope and informed optimism about the possibilities for political action.".
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  • Preface Introduction 0.1 Derivative Valuation Theory vs. Derivative Pricing Technology 0.2 Implied Volatility vs. Real Volatility 0.3 Formal Reality vs. Physical Reality I The Matter 1 The End of Probability 1.1 The Void of Possibilities 1.2 A New Matter 1.3 The Infinity of Markets 1.4 The End of Statistics 2 The Vision Ahead 2.1 Regime-Switching Model 2.2 Recalibration 2.3 Is Probability Necessary? 2.4 Price and Probability 2.5 A New Metaphysics 2.6 Absolute Contingency 2.7 The Market as an Opportunity for Speculative Thought 2.8 The Market as the Conversion of the Image of Thought 2.9 Ascending to the Metalogical Level 3 Introducing the Market 3.1 The Unexchangeable Place of Exchange 3.1.1 The market as a continual event 3.1.2 The market as quantitative history 3.1.3 The intensive nontemporal price process 3.1.4 The continuity of the discontinuity 3.1.5 The matter beyond antifragility 3.2 The Medium of Contingency 3.2.1 The technology of the future 3.2.2 The book behind the market 3.3 Pricing vs. Valuation 3.3.1 The surface of the market 3.3.2 The smile problem 3.3.3 The absolute local 3.3.4 In the middle of the event 4 The Thought Behind 4.1 Two Sides of Writing 4.2 Genesis of Price vs. Generation of Number 4.3 The Market as Geometry 4.4 State vs. Mark 4.5 Probability as an Internal Episode 4.6 The Alternative Axiomatic System of Shafer and Vovk 4.7 Extensive Difference vs. Intensive Difference II The Matter in Brownian Motion 5 From Throwing the Dice to Grasping Brownian Motion 5.1 The Meaning of Probability 5.1.1 The Law of Large Numbers 5.1.2 Intuition 5.1.3 Matter 5.1.4 Reality 5.1.5 Tense 5.2 Changing the Meaning of Matter 5.2.1 Money 5.2.2 Time is not money 5.2.3 Money is place 5.3 Changing the Meaning of Reality 5.3.1 Ex-ante vs. ex-post 5.3.2 Brownian motion 6 From the Marvel of Brownian Motion to the Reality of the Market 6.1 The Technology of the Market 6.2 The Reality of the Market 6.3 The Market as an Inverted Order of Thought III The Matter in Contingency 7 The Paper and the Tree 7.1 The Market and Time 7.1.1 Contingency, writing and exchanging 7.1.2 Price and time 7.1.3 Price and the event 7.1.4 Price and the trace 7.2 From the Mark to the Whole Market 7.2.1 Contingent payoff vs. contingent claim (first take) 7.2.2 The invention of writing (first take) 7.2.3 The exchange and the abyss 8 Archaeology of the Multiple 8.1 To Be vs. Can Be 8.1.1 Identification and transition 8.1.2 The danger of abstraction and the suspension of possibility 8.1.3 0 and 1 8.1.4 The real future 8.2 Chrono-logic 8.2.1 Probability as an integral 8.2.2 Chronology as a simulation of chrono-logic 8.3 Accounting for the Event 8.3.1 Money and the other face of the event 8.3.2 The accident of time and the necessity of work 8.3.3 An event that is not but that remains 8.3.4 Writing the event 9 Archaeology of the Exchange 9.1 All of the Market! 9.1.1 Impossible exchange, necessary exchange 9.1.2 The inverse view 9.2 Statistics as a Proto-market 9.2.1 Abstraction and the precision of the present state 9.2.2 The immanence of statistics and the immanence of the paper 9.2.3 The matter in statistics 9.3 The Matter in the Exchange 9.3.1 The non-individual singular 9.3.2 Single-case statistics 9.3.3 Contingency of the strike 10 Matter and Geometry 10.1 The Singularity of Writing 10.2 The Singularity of the Exchange IV The Market of Contingent Claims (or the Matter in Black- Scholes-Merton) 11 Towards a Contemporary Theory of the Market 11.1 The Stochastic Narrative of the Market 11.1.1 Definite states 11.1.2 Derivatives prices as states 11.1.3 Variations on lottery value and random price 11.1.4 The curse of the derivative value 11.2 The Trading Narrative of the Market 11.2.1 Can the derivative trade independently? 12 Incomplete Markets 12.1 Complete vs. Incomplete Markets 12.2 Martingale Measure of the Market 12.3 Equivocation 12.4 Incomplete Market when the market Is All There Is 13 The Central Knot 13.1 Contingent Payoff vs. Contingent Claim 13.2 Probabilistic Exit 13.3 The Alternative Exit 13.3.1 Differentiating the form 13.4 The Invention of Writing 13.5 Genesis 13.5.1 That they don't exist 14 The Hard Problem 14.1 The Ultimate Probability Spot 14.2 The Presentation of the Contingent Payoffs 14.3 The Lure of Theory 14.4 The Semantic Theory of the Market 15 The Book of the Market 15.1 Formalism and Meta-formalism 15.1.1 The instant of the formalism and the instant of the market 15.1.2 The infinity of the option price and the infinity of matter 15.1.3 Formal deduction of matter 15.1.4 A new book for a new reality 15.2 The Book of Genesis 15.2.1 Only the book can write history 15.2.2 One book instead of two theories 15.2.3 Only the book can bind the void 15.2.4 Only the book can settle the succession 15.2.5 Contemporary art 15.2.6 An ontology made of paper 15.3 The Trading Force 15.4 Coda 16 Denouement: The theory after the Two Narratives Conclusion 17 Appendix 1: Regime-Switching Model 669 17.1 A Meta-contextual Pricing Tool 17.2 Recalibration 18 Append.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137286543 20160619
Ayache brings a new perspective to quantitative finance and the relationship between the reality of the marketplace and its disassociation with the tools used to model and support it. He provides insights into the relationship between financial mathematics and financial markets and new perspectives into the theory of derivatives pricing.
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Natural capital is what nature provides to us for free. Renewables-like species-keep on coming, provided we do not drive them towards extinction. Non-renewables-like oil and gas-can only be used once. Together, they are the foundation that ensures our survival and well-being, and the basis of all economic activity. In the face of the global, local, and national destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems, economist Dieter Helm here offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable. Helm shows why the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress is false, and he explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure, and value natural capital from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth. Bristling with ideas of immediate global relevance, Helm's book shifts the parameters of current environmental debate. As inspiring as his trailblazing The Carbon Crunch, this volume will be essential reading for anyone concerned with reversing the headlong destruction of our environment.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300210989 20160618
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Almost everyone who follows politics or economics agrees on one thing: more regulation means less freedom. Joseph William Singer, one of the world's most respected experts on property law, explains why this understanding of regulation is simply wrong. While analysts as ideologically divided as Alan Greenspan and Joseph Stiglitz have framed regulatory questions as a matter of governments versus markets, Singer reminds us of what we've willfully forgotten: government is not inherently opposed to free markets or private property, but is, in fact, necessary to their very existence. Singer uses the recent subprime crisis to demonstrate: * Regulation's essential importance for freedom and democracy* Why consumer protection laws are a basic pillar of economic freedom* How private property rests on a regulatory infrastructure* Why liberals and conservatives actually agree on these relationships far more than they disagree This concise volume is essential reading for policy makers, philosophers, political theorists, economists, and financial professionals on both sides of the aisle.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300211672 20160618
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16. On inequality [2015]

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  • Preface ix 1 Economic Equality as a Moral Ideal 1 2 Equality and Respect 63 Acknowledgments 91 Notes 93.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691167145 20160618
Economic inequality is one of the most divisive issues of our time. Yet few would argue that inequality is a greater evil than poverty. The poor suffer because they don't have enough, not because others have more, and some have far too much. So why do many people appear to be more distressed by the rich than by the poor? In this provocative book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of On Bullshit presents a compelling and unsettling response to those who believe that the goal of social justice should be economic equality or less inequality. Harry Frankfurt, one of the most influential moral philosophers in the world, argues that we are morally obligated to eliminate poverty--not achieve equality or reduce inequality. Our focus should be on making sure everyone has a sufficient amount to live a decent life. To focus instead on inequality is distracting and alienating. At the same time, Frankfurt argues that the conjunction of vast wealth and poverty is offensive. If we dedicate ourselves to making sure everyone has enough, we may reduce inequality as a side effect. But it's essential to see that the ultimate goal of justice is to end poverty, not inequality. A serious challenge to cherished beliefs on both the political left and right, On Inequality promises to have a profound impact on one of the great debates of our time.
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  • Chapter 1. The Automation Waves Chapter 2. Is This Time Different? Chapter 3. Information Technology: An Unprecedented Force for Disruption Chapter 4. White-Collar Jobs at Risk Chapter 5. Transforming Higher Education Chapter 6. The Health Care Challenge Chapter 7. Technologies and Industries of the Future Chapter 8. Consumers, Limits to Growth ... and Crisis? Chapter 9. Super-Intelligence and the Singularity Chapter 10. Toward a New Economic Paradigm.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465059997 20160618
A New York Times Science Bestseller What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? We might imagine--and hope--that today's industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new innovations of a new era. In Rise of the Robots, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford argues that this is absolutely not the case. As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making "good jobs" obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries--education and health care--that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself. In Rise of the Robots, Ford details what machine intelligence and robotics can accomplish, and implores employers, scholars, and policy makers alike to face the implications. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work, and we must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what accelerating technology means for their own economic prospects--not to mention those of their children--as well as for society as a whole.
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  • PART I Lessons Badly Learned One. Handmaid to History Two. From Breakthrough to Meltdown Three. The Most Dangerous Asset in the World PART II A Force for Good Four. Social-Impact Bonds and the Shrinking of the State Five. Live Long and Prosper Six. Equity and the License to Dream Seven. Peer-To-Peer Lending and the Flaws of Finance Eight. The Edge: Reaching the Marginal Borrower Nine. Tail Risk: Pricing the Probability of Mayhem.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465064724 20160618
Seven years after the financial crisis of 2008, financiers remain villains in the public mind. Most Americans believe that their irresponsible actions and complex financial products wrecked the economy and destroyed people's savings, and that bankers never adequately paid for their crimes. But as Economist journalist Andrew Palmer argues in Smart Money, this much maligned industry is not only capable of doing great good for society, but offers the most powerful means we have for solving some of our most intractable social problems. From Babylon to the present, the history of finance has always been one of powerful innovation. Now a new generation of financial entrepreneurs is working to revive this tradition of useful innovation, and Palmer shows why we need their ideas today more than ever. Traveling to the centers of finance across the world, Palmer introduces us to peer-to-peer lenders who are financing entrepreneurs the big banks won't bet on, creating opportunities where none existed. He explores the world of social-impact bonds, which fund programs for the impoverished and homeless, simultaneously easing the burden on national governments and producing better results. And he explores the idea of human-capital contracts, whereby investors fund the educations of cash-strapped young people in return for a percentage of their future earnings. In this far-ranging tour of the extraordinarily creative financial ideas of today and of the future, Smart Money offers an inspiring look at the new era of financial innovation that promises to benefit us all.
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Six years after the financial crisis, investment bankers remain villains in the public mind. But as Economist editor Andrew Palmer reveals in Smart Money, this vilified industry is capable of doing great good for society. In this sweeping account of the history, present, and future of financial innovation, Palmer argues that we need bankers today more than ever before. From social-impact bonds that fund safety net programs for the homeless to human-capital contracts that send lower-class youth to college, and from start-ups that invest in cancer research to financial products that encourage people to save more money for retirement, bankers are building better lives for people across the world--and across the income spectrum. While acknowledging the role of complex financial products in causing the Great Recession, Palmer convincingly argues that the financial sector is the nevertheless the source of surprisingly effective solutions to the most intractable problems of the twenty-first century.
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  • Part I. Markets are everywhere
  • Introduction: every market tells a story
  • Markets for breakfast and through the day
  • Lifesaving changes
  • Part II> Thwarted desires: how marketplaces fail
  • Too soon
  • Too fast: the greed for speed
  • Congestion: why thicker needs to be quicker
  • Too risky: trust, safety, and simplicity
  • Part III. Design inventions to make markets smarter, thicker, and faster
  • The match: strong medicine for new doctors
  • Back to school
  • Signaling
  • Part IV. Forbidden markets and free markets
  • Repugnant, forbidden... and designed
  • Free markets and market design.
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