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Today in History: The Euro Debuts 

Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, a decentralized, worldwide payment system, has been topping the news, but looking a little further back to milestones in economic and political history.... did you know that on January 4, 1999 the euro debuted as the new financial unit of eleven European nations (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, …

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War, Money, and Socratic Highlights 

Can We Stop Wars? was the subject of the Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on Friday, May 3rd -- and a prevailing view of the discussants was "Follow the money!" A conflict resolution practitioner with experience ranging from Israel/Palestine to the Philippines said, "All wars are really over economic interests." Another participant advised: "If …

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The economics of happiness 

Title: The economics of happiness A film by: Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, & John Page Written and directed by: Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page Produced by: Helena Norberg-Hodge Call Number: HD82 .N67 2011 About the film: "The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, …

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Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss so you Both Win 

Title: Leading Up:  How to Lead Your Boss so you Both Win Author: Michael Useem Publisher: Crown Business, New York, NY (2001) Call #: HD57.7 .U83 2001 From the Publisher: Today’s best leaders know how to lead up, a necessary strategy when a supervisor is micromanaging rather than macrothinking, when a division president offers clear …

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Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives & America’s Future, with David L. Kirp 

Renowned education expert David L. Kirp speaks on Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future (PublicAffairs, March 31st, 2011). In his latest publication, dedicated to "the unsung heroes -- those whose tireless efforts are changing the arc of children's lives," he outlines a clear policy agenda that places kids first …

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Private Schooling in Less Economically Developed Countries: Asian and African Perspectives 

Title: Private Schooling in Less Economically Developed Countries: Asian and African Perspectives Editors: Prachi Srivastava and Geoffrey Walford Publisher: Didcot : Symposium Books, 2007 Call Number: LC57.5 .P75 2007 From the Publisher: "The increased marketisation and privatisation of schooling in economically developing countries struggling to achieve Education for All and Millennium Development Goals warrants a focused …

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference 

Title: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Author: Malcolm Gladwell Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2000 Check it out! HM1033 .G53 2000 From the publisher: THE TIPPING POINT is the biography of an idea, and the idea is quite simple. It is that many of the problems we face - …

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The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy 

Title: The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy Author: Raj Patel Publisher: New York : Picador, 2010, c2009 Call Number: HB95 .P3185 2010 From the Publisher: "Opening with Oscar Wilde's observation that "nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing," Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the …

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African economies and the politics of permanent crisis, 1979-1999 

Title: African economies and the politics of permanent crisis, 1979-1999 Author: Nicolas van de Walle Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001 Check it out! HC800 V357 2001 From the publisher: This book explains why African countries have remained mired in a disastrous economic crisis since the late 1970s. It shows that dynamics internal …

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The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy 

Title: The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy Editors: Beth A. Simmons, Frank Dobbin, Geoffrey Garrett Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008 Call Number: HF1359 .G5685 2008 From the Publisher: "The diffusion of markets and democracy around the world was a defining feature of the late twentieth century. Many social scientists view this …

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Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics 

Title: Evidence-Based Decisions and Economics: Health Care, Social Welfare, Education and Criminal Justice Editors: Ian Shemilt, Miranda Mugford, Luke Vale, Kevin Marsh, and Cam Donaldson Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell/BMJ Books, 2010 Call Number: RA410.5 .E956 2010 From the Publisher: "The need for evidence-based decisions that take account of both effectiveness and economics is greater …

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything 

Title: Freakonomics:  A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Author: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Publisher: New York : William Morrow/HarperCollins Call Number: HB74.P8 L479 2006 From the Publisher: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug …

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Economics of Education 

Title: Economics of education Editor: Dominic J. Brewer, Patrick J. McEwan Publisher: Elsevier, c. 2009 Check it out.: LC65 .E2535 2010 From the Publisher: A collection of short, stand-alone chapters divided into five sections including overview of the field; private and social returns to human capital investments; production, costs and financing of education; teachers and teacher labor …

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Dead Aid 

Title: Dead aid: why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa Author: Dambisa Moyo Publisher: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009 Check It Out: HC800 .M69 2009 From the Publisher: In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries …

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