The Adventure Capitalist by C. Woodman

01 aprilie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 12 “The adventure capitalist: Around the World in 80 Trades” is an ingenious and easy to read book, blending travel stories with economics and trading in local markets around the world. Trading was the main reason for traveling in the past. With the expansion of tourism the perspective changed. By presenting a multitude of local markets […]

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Clusters, Convergence, and Economic Performance by M. Delgado, M. E. Porter and S. Stern

14 martie 2012 • Articles

Paper of the Week 11 “The current paper of the week “Clusters, Convergence, and Economic Performance” by M. Delgado et. al. takes a look at the role of economic clusters in the economic development. Given the current strive to reignite the economic growth, the clusters are the way to go. In emerging markets where the state capture (bribe) is higher […]

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Traders, Guns and Money by Satyajit Das

11 martie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 11 “Traders, Guns and Money by Satyajit Das displays a completely different style than the dry writing technique of his handbooks covering financial products. In an accessible way, with the help of real or imagined but plausible stories, the author screens several products, strategies and situations related to trading, structuring and risk management. The only weakness […]

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The Dishonesty of Honest People: A Theory of Self-Concept Maintenance by D. Ariely et al.

04 martie 2012 • Articles

Paper of the Week 10 “The next book by D. Ariely, “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves” which is due to appear in June 2012 is a natural development of the ideas put forth in the paper of the week, “The Dishonesty of Honest People: A Theory of Self-Concept Maintenance”. Backed by several experiments the […]

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Stumbling on Happiness, by D. Gilbert

04 martie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 10 “Stumbling on happiness is a pleasant, readable and witty account of a multitude of studies and experiments. Operating with a broad definition of the term happiness, the book is not an academic take on the subject and far from a “self help” one.  The reader can spot several studies used in other books but not […]

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Open Economy Macroeconomics by M. Uribe

26 februarie 2012 • Articles

Paper of the Week 9 “Paper of the Week is represented by a well structured course spanning certain topics in Open Economy Macroeconomics. The points are not all easy to follow but are relevant for the current international and national discussions and helps alleviate certain misconceptions recurrent in the media.” Lucian Isar  image from www.weirdomatic.com/coffee-art.html

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Structured Products, by R. Knop

26 februarie 2012 • Books

Book of the Week 9 “After 10 years, “Structured Products” is still one of the best transitions from building blocks to structured products. Written with a practitioner mindset, it is a useful read for junior structurers, treasury sales, risk managers, and users of structured products. The book handles well the balance between risk management and valuation in tackling such a […]

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Why do some societies make disastrous decisions? by J.M. Diamond

18 februarie 2012 • Articles

Paper of the Week 8 Why do some societies make disastrous decisions? by J.M. Diamond as featured on edge.org/3rd_culture can be retrieved from here. “The author provides arguments for the classical telling that the societies that are ignoring the past are prone to make disastrous decisions for a several reasons: failure to anticipate a problem, failure to perceive it once […]

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