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Economists never imagined negative interest rates — now they're rewriting textbooks

In 1983, when Frederic Mishkin started writing "The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets," his seminal textbook on macroeconomics, he never thought he'd devote much space to the idea of negative interest rates.<p>"A million years no," Mishkin told Business Insider.<p>Negative rates were seen …

Economics

How One Wealthy Manhattan School is Fighting Inequality

In many American cities, property taxes no longer cover all the things that used to be considered standard fare in public elementary schools: art, …

New York City

What is Design Thinking and Why Does it Matter? - E-Learning Heroes

If you’ve ever attended a conference or workshop with any kind of a design focus—instructional, graphic, web design, etc.—you may have encountered …

Can neuroscience solve the mystery of how students learn?

Educational neuroscience burst onto the scene with the hope of explaining how we learn. But the jury is still out on whether it’s useful for classroom practice<p>No one knows how much knowledge students take home with them after a day at school. Tests, homework and inspections give a snapshot of …

Neuroscience

How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

Andrew Nguyen<p>Anyone trying to come up to speed on emotional intelligence would have a pretty easy time of it since the concept is remarkably recent, and its application to business newer still. The term was coined in 1990 in a research paper by two psychology professors, John D. Mayer of UNH and …

Emotional Intelligence

5 Steps to Finding New Growth Opportunities in Your Core Business | Inc.com

If you're struggling with scaling your company--or finding new areas of profitable growth--it may be some comfort to know you're not alone.<p>Since 1983, the global strategy consulting firm L.E.K., a 1,000-employee company based in London, has helped large organizations find new growth opportunities. …

Business Strategy

What I Wish I'd Known About Blogging Before I Started My Business

When I look back at my early days of blogging—or rather, “article marketing,” because when I started there were no blogs—I have to laugh at my naïveté. But hey: none of us knew what we were doing with content 10 years ago. We’ve learned and perfected our craft along the way. Still, if I could give …

Entrepreneurship

Wisconsin's public-sector unions plot fightback as supreme court case looms

Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10 dealt a crippling blow to unions’ funding and powers, forcing them to rethink how to spread their message of collective action<p>Wisconsin’s labor leaders cheered when their nemesis, Scott Walker, dropped out of the presidential campaign last September. Walker’s …

School Districts

The Positive Psychology Of Job Interviewing

The powerful idea behind positive psychology is that we can accomplish our aims most effectively by exercising and building on our strengths, not just by shoring up our vulnerabilities. Reducing boredom on the job won’t create a fulfilling career; engaging in fewer arguments at home won’t make a …

Employment

Your School Shapes How You Think About Inequality

Ask yourself this question: Were you aware of inequality growing up?<p>Your answer may depend in part on where you went to high school. Students at racially diverse schools, particularly black and Hispanic students, are more tuned in to injustice than students going to school mostly with kids that …

Education

7 Challenges Successful People Overcome

It's truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.<p>Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by the ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many otherwise sensible people …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Learn and Remember Absolutely Anything | Inc.com

<i>What learning strategies do "quick learners" follow? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Alessio Bresciani, strategist with 15 years of experience in digital and mobile, on Quora:</b><p>Your question is a great one. And it forced me to reflect about the things I have …

Learning

Teaching Teachers To Teach: It's Not So Elementary

Deborah Ball realized years ago she had a problem.<p>It was around 1980. She'd been working as an elementary school teacher in East Lansing, Michigan for about five years. But she felt like she just wasn't getting any better at it.<p>"I felt like I was really thoughtful," she says. "I tried to make stuff …

Teaching

Go ahead, admit you're a racist

<b>(CNN) —</b> A group of women were chatting and laughing together like old friends when the subject turned to race.<p>One of them said she was amazed that Donald Trump, while running for president, could get away with describing Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and "killers."<p>"If you kick every Latino out of …

David Letterman

5 Ways to Know If Your New Business Idea Will Really Work | Inc.com

From millennials to small investors, all sorts of people are looking for new business ideas, but not all of them end up founding successful businesses. Startup ideas trend so enormously in social networks and business circles that it’s often impossible for entrepreneurs to resist the urge to start …

Small Business

The 5 Mistakes Standing Between You and Your First Million

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Creating a seven-figure business online was improbable 10 or even just five years ago, but as technology improves globally, there are more seven-figure earners than ever before. The total number of millionaire households reached 9.6 …

Profit

10 popular grammar myths debunked by a Harvard linguist

It's why many teachers ingrain in their students a combination of white lies and formal habits that are meant to keep their writing focused but aren't actually based on rules of the English language.<p>As the students grow into adults, these habits result in plenty of incorrectly worded but …

Language

This app will help you save money you'll never miss — and pay you cash rewards, too

In case you haven't heard of it, Digit automatically saves a small amount of money that you won't even notice is missing from your checking account by regularly tracking your income and spending patterns. It transfers the money (typically $2 to $17 every 2-3 days) to a separate Digit account …

Personal Finance

Mexico's wage crisis is so bad 'that it violates what’s stipulated in the Constitution'

At the end of 2014, Mexico's 16 billionaires were worth an average of nearly $9 billion.<p>That same year, the bottom 20% of Mexicans — nearly 25 million people — were worth an average of $80.<p>Economic hardship is widespread in Mexico, which is home to more than 120 million people, more than half of …

Income Inequality

7 More Simple Tweaks That Make Your Brain Work Remarkably Well | Inc.com

Sometimes you sit down to a difficult task and find yourself flying through it, solving problems with aplomb, and coming up with new and creative approaches. Other times, you can’t seem to get off square one. You can’t find any solutions to problems. Getting anything done is an impossible chore.<p>If …

Productivity

Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists

In a deceptively drab black crystal, physicists have stumbled upon a baffling behavior, one that appears to blur the line between the properties of …

For-Profit Colleges Encourage Huge Student Debt

Would you pay the same tuition for a Harvard degree as for a second-rate school that you’ve never heard of? Probably not. But thanks to the federal government’s help, that’s exactly what we are all doing. It turns out that many of the biggest beneficiaries of federal loan programs for graduate …

Higher Education

7 Metrics For Successful Leaders -- How Do You Measure Up?

Do you consider yourself successful? This question came up during a recent business dinner with a group of leaders, and the collective response caught me off guard.<p>While I simply thought, “Yeah, I guess,” others went on explaining the flaws that hampered their success. Although I considered …

Success

The truth about blogging on Medium

<i>“Look, I am not telling you not to write on</i> <b>Medium</b><i>, OK? You can give it a try. I am just saying you’ll regret it big time for not having blogged on your website. Do you know why?”</i><p>Without waiting for my answer, he opened an article on his computer and started reading the following sections out</i> …

Time I

O'Malley lays out plan for debt-free college

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley laid out a plan Wednesday to allow public college and university students to graduate without any tuition debt, saying he has the strongest record of any candidate at reducing the cost of higher education.<p>"Making college more …

Higher Education

Marco Rubio has a wild plan to have investors pay for college and make money off students' future earnings

Rubio's speech lampooned political leaders, specifically calling out Hillary Clinton, for their "narrow and shortsighted" solutions for the problems that plague higher education. And he compared the current system to a cartel of a few powerful colleges that wield all the power over the …

College & University

CEOs Reveal The Secrets To Motivating Employees To Perform At Their Peak

A handful employees who perform at their peak is better than a dozen employees who operate at 50% efficiency. Yet, motivating employees to perform at their peak can be one of the biggest challenges business leaders face.<p>I checked in with four successful CEOs to learn how they keep their teams …

Employee Engagement

The 5 Mental Barriers to Greatness Only You Can Remove

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is nothing more inspiring than witnessing greatness, and watching those who have dedicated their entire life to a craft. Most haven’t thought about greatness, because they don’t think it’s possible.<p>In a time of insurmountable …

Self-improvement