Monday, February 20, 2017

Is Online Shopping Better for the Environment Than Going to the Store?

Since you can’t escape shopping, how can you minimize environmental costs?

Links 2/8/17

Why Central Bankers Should Not Be Trusted With Money: Greek Exit Edition

An upcoming Greek bailout is leading to new discussion of the idea of a Grexit. And as before, some well-meaning ideas are wildly impractical.

Will Trump Administration Let the IMF Escape from the Next Greek Bailout?

The IMF is at odds with the rest of the Troika about whether Greece can shoulder its debts. Will the IMF be forced to fund the next bailout?

Private Equity Slugfest! Managing Partner of Sequoia Slams Blackstone Chief Steve Schwarzman in New York Times Op Ed

Rifts are opening up among the financial elite. Michael Moritz, a partner from Sequoia Capital, penned a New York Times op-ed that blasts fellow private equity big dog Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone for cottoning up to Trump and for making his living from squeezing American workers and benefiting from the carried interest tax loophole, which […]

Trade and Political Power: The Past and Possible Ways Forward

The evolution of the post World War II trade framework and potential progressive responses to the downside for workers.

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/7/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: It’s time for some game theory.

Links 2/7/17

Cringley: How Silicon Valley Can Sidestep Trump H-1B Visa Restrictions

Why restrictions on H-1B visas may not do much for tech workers.

China Banks in 2017: No Rebound in Sight, Rising Risks for Smaller Banks

Why there is no cause for cheer on the China banking front.

On Comments

Some remarks about recent heated discussions in comments.

How Universities Are Increasingly Choosing Capitalism Over Education

How universities have come to operate less in interest of the public and more and more as private enterprises.

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/6/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Trump advance work, DNC candidates, “resistance” detail, employment situation, the Bezzle, the Superbowl [Now with comments on!]

From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: On Policy

Bipartisan compromise on ObamaCare “repair”?

Links 2/6/17