Mass international migration is a response to extreme global inequality, and immigration has a profound impact on the way we live. Yet our views - and those of our politicians - remain caught between two extremes: popular hostility to migrants, tinged by xenophobia and racism; and the view of business and liberal elites that 'open doors' are both economically and ethically imperative. With migration set to accelerate, few issues are so urgently in need of dispassionate analysis - and few are more incendiary. Here, world-renowned economist Paul Collier seeks to defuse this explosive subject. Exodus looks at how people from the world's poorest societies struggle to migrate to the rich West: the effects on those left behind and on the host societies, and explores the impulses and thinking that inform Western immigration policy. Migration, he concludes, is a fact, and we urgently need to think clearly about its possibilities and challenges: it is not a question of whether migration is good or bad, but how much is best?
The Age of Oversupply looks at why Western capitalism is broken and how the US can recover its global economic leadership status. The invisible hand of capitalism is broken. Economic and political forces are preventing markets from correcting themselves. Governments and central banks across the developed world have tried every tool imaginable, yet our economies remain sluggish. How did we get here, and how can advanced nations prosper once more? In this bold call to arms, economic policy expert Daniel Alpert argues that oceans of cheap global labour and capital have shackled the economies of the West. Distracted by a technology boom and debt bubble, they failed to respond to the challenges unleashed by the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and beyond. Global oversupply and the lack of domestic growth are intertwined, Alpert shows. We cannot understand the housing bubble and the financial crisis without appreciating how the rise of emerging nations distorted the economies of rich countries. And we can't chart a path for growth without recognizing that many of these forces are still at work. The Age of Oversupply offers a bold, fresh approach to fixing the West's economic woes. It also delivers a vigorous challenge to proponents of austerity economics. An elegantly argued explanation of the anemic stagnation that has followed the recent financial crisis . (Nouriel Roubini, author of Crisis Economics). Daniel Alpert is a founding managing partner of investment bank Westwood Capital, LLC. He is widely quoted in the business media and was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job. Alpert is also a fellow of the Century Foundation, the United States' oldest policy think tank. He lives in New York.
What happens when one of the biggest media groups in the world sets up its own private security force? What happens when part of this operation goes rogue? News of the World is not the first Murdoch company to be accused of skullduggery. Murdoch's Pirates is about the dark deeds of a secret division of News Corp, based in Jerusalem, operating in a combustible world of ambitious ex-Scotland Yard men and former French and Israeli secret service agents, who have one thing in common - they have all left their previous employment under controversial circumstances. Reading like a thriller, Murdoch's Pirates is set in the arcane world of hackers and pirates. There are mysterious deaths, break-ins and wild chases. Some of the individuals involved may well be amongst the brightest minds on the planet, but sometimes their rivalry can get out of hand and their impulsive behaviour can defy logic. Neil Chenoweth recounts this clandestine war with his customary lucidity, drollery and brio.
Forget the 1 per cent - it's time to get to grips with the 0.1 per cent...There has always been some gap between rich and poor, but it has never been wider - and now the rich are getting wealthier at such breakneck speed that the middle classes are being squeezed out. While the wealthiest 10 per cent of Americans, for example, receive half the nation's income, the real money flows even higher up, in the top 0.1 per cent. As a transglobal class of highly successful professionals, these self-made oligarchs often have more in common with one another than with their own countrymen. But how is this happening, and who are the people making it happen? Chrystia Freeland, acclaimed business journalist and Global Editor-at-Large of Reuters, has unprecedented access to the richest and most successful people on the planet, from Davos to Dubai, and dissects their lives with intelligence, empathy and objectivity. Pacily written and powerfully researched, Plutocrats could not provide a more timely insight into the current state of Capitalism and its most wealthy players. A superb piece of reportage ...a tremendous illumination . ((New Statesman on Freeland's previous title, Sale of the Century)).
Since the 2008 financial crisis the price of gold has sky-rocketed, from around $800 an ounce in August of that year to a peak of around $1700 an ounce. Fortunes have been made, and this has kicked off an unprecedented gold-mining and prospective boom around the world. In this book Matthew Hart takes readers on a journey around the world and through history to tell the story of how gold became the world's most precious commodity, the highlights of its dramatic, tempestuous history, and the behind-the-scenes intrigue of the current boom. He ends this controversial rollercoaster story by revealing what the experts are saying about the profound changes underway in the gold market and the prospects for the future.
From wool and gold to minerals and manufacturing, Trading Nation reviews the history of Australia's trade and trade policy since Federation. The book tackles a number of key questions which are central to the nation's future. What is the future of our trade in minerals, agriculture, manufacturing and services? How can trade policy help address our faltering productivity? Is the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations dead and, if not, what can be done to conclude it? What can we expect from new free trade agreements? Is there more we could be doing in trade policy with Europe, India and Latin America? This comprehensive book also looks ahead at the options for Australia's future trade and trade policy.
Greece isn't the only country drowning in debt. The Debt Supercycle-when the easily managed, decades-long growth of debt results in a massive sovereign debt and credit crisis-is affecting developed countries around the world, including the United States. For these countries, there are only two options, and neither is good-restructure the debt or reduce it through austerity measures. Endgame details the Debt Supercycle and the sovereign debt crisis, and shows that, while there are no good choices, the worst choice would be to ignore the deleveraging resulting from the credit crisis. The book: Reveals why the world economy is in for an extended period of sluggish growth, high unemployment, and volatile markets punctuated by persistent recessions Reviews global markets, trends in population, government policies, and currencies Around the world, countries are faced with difficult choices. Endgame provides a framework for making those choices.
Discounts are no longer the exception, they're the norm. But is that bargain really a bargain? Paying full price is so passe. A quarter of the population will only open their wallets if something is on sale. Everyone wants a deal, a steal, a hookup with a discount or a way to cut costs. People don't only want a deep discount, they expect it and won't settle for anything less. They're lucky, then, that almost half of everything sold in America is listed at some kind of promotional price. It's a seismic shift that has made shoppers more savvy than ever, generating phenomena like extreme couponing, flash sales, and Groupon. So there's never been a better time to be a buyer, right? Perhaps. Sellers have developed their own tricks to protect profit margins amid such markdown mania--ones that include secret sales, shifting prices, and shredding perfectly good clothes. In this playful, deeply researched book, journalist Mark Ellwood takes a trip into this new landscape. He shows how some people are, quite literally, born to be bargain junkies thanks to a quirk of their DNA, and uncovers the sales-driven sleights of hand that sellers employ to hoodwink unsuspecting buyers. Ellwood takes us from the floor of upscale department store Bergdorf Goodman to the bustling aisles of a Turkish bazaar, from the outlet Disney world of rural Pennsylvania to a town in Florida that can claim to be couponing's spiritual capital. We meet savvy buyers trying to wring value from every cent--stalking fashion editors' tweets to learn about sample sales or camping out overnight for a cut-price computer. Ellwood also uncovers the dark side of discounting: how organized crime steals coupons en masse and how certain boutiques limit discounts to VIPs, running secret sticker promotions from which the ordinary shopper is excluded. Bargain Fever is a manual for thriving in this new era, when deal hunting has gone from being a sign of indigence to one of intelligence. There's never been a better time to be a buyer--at least if you know how the game works.
John F. Kennedy famously said, 'Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate'. Everyone needs to reach agreement with others, but many people are overly fearful of what they think is a complex process. In THE PRACTICAL NEGOTIATOR, Cohen demystifies negotiation, offering common-sense approaches anyone can use no matter what the issue. In more than two decades as a negotiator and trainer, Steven has worked with people and businesses in more than 85 countries. That experience taught him that, fundamentally, people everywhere face similar problems- on the job, as consumers, as neighbours and with family and friends. THE PRACTICAL NEGOTIATOR provides a broad range of actual negotiating problems faced by people in dozens of countries from every continent (except Antarctica). Each question was submitted by a real person looking for advice. The book's down-to-earth approach, written in highly accessible language, will empower you to: * Assess your interests and strengths and find ways to build on them * Understand the situation and the possibilities at hand * Increase your confidence in dealing with others * Develop and implement simple, practical strategies to further your interests
This title offers fascinating, startling, and sometimes very useful statistics from the front lines of business research. Did you know that job candidates who jokingly ask for high salaries receive better offers than those who don't? Or that retail salespeople who mimic the way their customers speak and behave end up selling more? If you like stats like this, are intrigued by ideas, and find connecting the dots to be a critical part of your skill set-this book is for you. Culled from Harvard Business Review's popular newsletter, The Daily Stat, this book offers a compelling look at insights that both amuse and inform. Covering such managerial topics as teams, marketing, workplace psychology, and leadership, you'll find a wide range of business statistics and general curiosities and oddities about professional life that will add an element of trivia and humor to your learning (and will make you appear smarter than your colleagues). Highly quotable and surprisingly useful, Stats and Curiosities: From Harvard Business Review will keep you on the front lines of business research - and ahead of the pack at work.
For most of the last century, companies strived to sell more of the same products at the same prices. But the future is about variation: tailoring products for customers, and letting your biggest fans spend as much as they like on things they value.<i>The Curveshows us not to be afraid of giving some things away for free. Value lies in how you make people feel, by building communities, bespoke products and experiences. Small numbers of high spenders are enough to fuel a profitable business.With stories drawn from artists, toymakers, sports, food, manufacturing and more, The Curve is nothing short of a business thinking revolution.
Step-by-Step, Full-Color Graphics! Written by a senior for seniors, this practical, fast-paced guide helps you get up and running on your iPad right away. Color photos and screenshots with clear instructions make it easy to accomplish everything you want to do. Follow along and quickly learn how to set up your iPad, navigate the touch screen, use apps and email, and browse the Internet. Find out the best ways to manage photos, video chat with FaceTime, use iTunes and the iBook store, read eDocuments, listen to music, watch movies, play games, and use iCloud. iPad maintenance tips are also included. The unique, landscape layout of the QuickSteps series displays graphics and explanations side by side, and lays flat so you can easily refer to the book while working on your iPad. Use these handy guideposts: Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks Personal insights from other seniors Need-to-know facts in concise narrative Helpful reminders or alternative ways of doing things Bonus information related to the topic being covered Errors and pitfalls to avoid
Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Windows 8.1 Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Windows 8.1 plain and simple! Follow the book's easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the most expedient way to perform tasks and solve problems in Windows 8.1. Here's WHAT you'll learn: Set up your printer and network connections Work with programs, play with games Use photo-editing tools; print and share pictures Rip files, make movies and playlists, and burn DVDs Personalize and tune your system Manage security settings - and explore the web Here's HOW you'll learn it: Jump in wherever you need answers Follow easy STEPS and SCREENSHOTS to see exactly what to do Get handy TIPS for new techniques and shortcuts Use TRY THIS! exercises to apply what you learn right away