As Bricks and Clicks Merge, Geeks Are Discovering Politics

As with the first industrial revolution, the merger of Clicks and Bricks forces us to ask: Which laws need to be updated, which are just irrelevant, and which are barriers to entry created by special interests? Best placed to help our internet billionaires contribute to this important project are — politicians, civil servants, lobbyists and […]

Turkey: The Sultan’s Speech

The politician formerly known as PreSinister (President Prime Minister), and currently self-proclaimed Sultan, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a great speech this week that summarized two key issues of the Turkish economy better than I could have in a dozen columns. Speaking at the “Women and Justice Summit,” hosted by the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), […]

Why Muslims Fell Behind Economically

I really do not know if Muslims were in the Americas three centuries before Christopher Columbus, as President Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan first claimed, and then vehemently defended, last week. They may well have been. After all, before falling behind, Islamic civilization was at least as advanced as Christian medieval Europe. Economist Angus Maddison […]

Universal Basic Income vs. Unemployment Insurance: Which is the Better Safety Net?

A universal basic income (UBI) and unemployment insurance (UI) are two possible forms of social insurance for an economy in which job loss is a significant risk. Which works better? How generous should either program be? Would a combination of the two be best of all? These are the questions that Alice Fabre, Stéphane Pallage, […]

Russia: 21st Century Empire?

During the last year, the conflict in Ukraine has come perilously close to a state of full-blown though undeclared war. Looking back over the past 12 months, we’ve seen a seismic shift in the political makeup of the region. Russia has effectively annexed the Crimean Peninsula, which includes the city of Sevastopol, home of the […]

Turkey: The markets’ Cinderella Man

Seen as one of the most vulnerable emerging markets (EMs) not too long ago, Turkey is on a Cinderella run, attracting significant capital inflows. Foreigners’ net equity and bond investments rose by $0.9 and 1.4 billion respectively during the last four weeks. Here is the intro. to my latest Hurriyet Daily News (HDN) column, where […]

Founder of PayPal Says Taxes Drive Money

OK, file this in the “I never thought I’d live to see the day” category. Yes, Virginia, Taxes Drive Money. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal understands his business model. He’s leveraging currency. His PayPal money is denominated in Uncle Sam’s money (and 24 other national currencies). Ultimately, USA demand for PayPal money is driven by […]

Japan’s Third Lost Decade Begins

Japan’s recession is not paving the way for sustained growth. It is prolonging new debt and liquidity and thus deteriorating fiscal discipline. In the last quarter, Japan’s economy fell into recession. In the West, it was characterized as “unexpected.” The realities are precisely the reverse. With its third ’lost decade,’ Japan has entered an era […]

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