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Geography in the News: Bananas, the Top Fruit

<i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,</i> <i>Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>The Banana Story</b><p>An interesting book published in 2012 detailed the life of “Sam the Banana Man” Samuel Zemurray. Therein lies an interesting economic geography of international intrigue and business success with lessons to be …

The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes. An automobile industry trade consultant, for instance, observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, …

What can we learn from the Depression?

SINCE the start of what some now call the “Great Recession” in 2007, economists have been unable to avoid comparing it with the Depression of the …

Electronic surveillance | The Economist

IN RECENT months revelations about the extent of American snooping—both on its own citizens, and on world leaders—have sparked a global debate. But …

Chinese Collectors Snap Up Western Art at Christie’s Auction

Chinese art collectors are splurging in New York this week, picking up works by Picasso, van Gogh and Monet at auction.<p>The largest purchase so far by a Chinese buyer: “Claude et Paloma” by Pablo Picasso, which sold for $28.2 million. The painting, a portrait of the artist’s two youngest children, …

In the land of cotton

EVERY year about this time approximately 1m people—including teachers, doctors and students—are dumped in Uzbekistan's cotton fields to pick “white …

No alternative to dollar except financial chaos | Financial Times

Can you hear the sound of cans being kicked down the road? The US disaster scenario has been avoided, for now. But given the deep disagreements …

"Pearls Before Swine" Takes Our Fund-Raising Advice

Yesterday, Freakonomics Radio made an appearance in the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, by <b>Stephan Pastis</b>. The episode he refers to is “How to Raise …

Bankers back in the classroom | Financial Times

Ask people outside financial services what bankers have been doing for the past few years and you will probably receive an unprintable response. Ask …

How Can We Save Ourselves From Ourselves?

<i>John List and Uri Gneezy have appeared on our blog many times. This guest post is part a series adapted from their new book The Why Axis: Hidden</i> …

UK vinyl sales at highest level in a decade | Financial Times

UK vinyl sales have doubled this year to hit their highest level in a decade, thanks to surging demand from music lovers for LPs by artists such as …

When a Fake Banksy Is a Real Banksy

(Photo: Tim Fuller)<p>Many news outlets this week carried the story that <b>Banksy</b>, the celebrated British street artist, had set up an innocuous-looking …

Financial astrologers gaze at stock markets in the stars | Financial Times

In a darkened room under a domed ceiling, glimmers an animated starscape that is also a live representation of global stock markets. Shares float …

Pharmaceuticals: Biosimilar drugs show the copycats keeping up with creators | Financial Times

In the next few weeks, a long-heralded and disruptive pharmaceutical event will become reality, when Hospira launches a drug across Europe to treat …

How science goes wrong | The Economist

Leaders<p>Problems with scientific research<p>The fiscal deal in Washington<p>Asset prices<p>Negotiating with Iran<p>Venezuela’s president<p>Briefing<p>Unreliable research<p>…

Making Sense of Wine Scents

A FEW YEARS AFTER I embarked on a career as a wine critic, I found myself in the cellars of a fairly well-known Bordeaux producer. My wife and I were on holiday and I had surreptitiously scheduled an afternoon appointment at a château not far from Saint-Émilion. The only problem: The vigneron …

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Who were the physiocrats?

IF YOU asked twenty well-educated souls to identify a physiocrat, only a couple could help you out. Writers like A.R.J. Turgot, the Marquis de …