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Should taxpayers subsidize philanthropists?

The Huffington Post carries a rare critique of big-ticket philanthropy. As philanthropists gain more influence and tread on issues previously in the public space, does the taxpayer have to subsidize their view on how public financing should be spent?

Is their a better dream than the American Dream?

There are at least two ways to measure a society – to what extent is it equal and to what extent is it just. America has failed on both counts. Developing countries, looking to growth must find better ways to protect their own populations from the vagaries of destiny and birth.

Economics and the Disregard of Reality

Two articles on economics from leading development economists, one from the last century and another from our times, show the state of economics and the direction it should take if it is to help solve our problems, rather than simply becoming an ideological battleground.

The Doha Round is Dead, Long Live Free Trade

The failure of the WTO trade talks is unfortunate and may accelerate the move to bilateral agreements. All countries, regardless of the justification of their stance, must ask if safeguard mechanisms are really the issue on which they should be playing endgame. Is that not yesterday’s battle?

High Food Prices: An Opportunity for the WFP

Current high food prices illustrate deep-rooted problems all along the agricultural supply chain, rather than simply demand-supply imbalances. Given its inefficiencies, it is best to bypass that system – and the WFP is in the enviable position of being able to do so.

A Dynamic Welfare State?

Is it possible to have both a welfare state and a dynamic economy? Sweden offers hope that it is. Ironically, however, the countries best placed to establish sustainable welfare systems might be the ones most skeptical of them.

India and the Politics of Climate Change

India would benefit from a collective response to global warming, but in the short term a unilateral strategy of high emissions growth is better. How can India ensure the optimal outcome?

Subprime Loans and Race Inequality

The NYTimes finds a clear link between subprime lending and race inequality in America, suggesting even in developing countries the availability of credit, by itself, is no solution to poverty.

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