Olga Pidanova

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The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power

The news that China will displace the US as the world's largest economy this year is big news. For economists who follow these measurements, the tectonic shift likely occurred a few years ago. But now the World Bank is making it official, so journalists and others who opine on world affairs will …

Why Powerful Men Dominate Conversations While Women Keep Quiet

The men who'd chosen to be senior said they would talk more than the men who picked the junior position, but the senior women said they'd talk the same amount as the lower-ranked person. Why? The women said they didn't want to be disliked or seen as controlling.<p>"When a man walks into a room, …

How secure is Mr Putin?

One of the greatest mistakes in the analysis of what is happening in Ukraine is the view of Russia as a one man dictatorship. That is clearly not the …

Economic experiments are fraught with danger

It always seemed likely the UK’s elevated inflation rate in recent years would prove to be a temporary phenomenon. With miserably low domestic wage …

What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy

The Chinese mega-city of Shanghai has been cracking down on popular taxi-booking apps, banning their use during rush hour. The government says apps discriminate against older people and those who don't have smartphones.<p>But economists and some customers see the crackdown as a small, textbook case of …

This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

Jet lag is nobody's idea of fun. A bunch of mathematicians say they can make the adjustment less painful with a smartphone app that calculates the swiftest way to adjust.<p>Users plug in the time zone they're traveling to, and the app will do the calculations before spitting out a schedule specifying …

Delay start of formal schooling until age seven, says NUT

The National Union of Teachers will use its annual conference next week to call for formal schooling to be delayed until the age of seven and tests for infants to be abolished to give children more time to develop naturally<p>Formal schooling should be delayed by at least two years because of concerns …