Category Archives: Economics

Aye or Nay? Scotland’s Independence Referendum, September 2014

by Greta Gietz

 

“As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss.” – Sean Connery, Yes Scotland supporter

“Whatever the outcome of the referendum on 18th September, it will be a historic moment for Scotland. I just hope with all my heart that we never have cause to look back and feel that we made a historically bad mistake.” – J.K. Rowling, Better Together supporter

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Goals for GDP: Why the World Cup Should Challenge Us to Rethink Growth

By Lily Posey

Things got hot this summer in Brazil as preparation for the World Cup ignited protests and called into question Brazil’s decision to prioritize an international sporting event over the immediate well-being of Brazilians. While the great successes and defeats on and off the field at this summer’s World Cup have been headlining the news, the story of why this country spent exorbitant amounts of money for the sake of increasing GDP growth by a few percentage points is on the back burner. As Brazil struggles to justify its World Cup expenses, perhaps the rest of the world should justify why Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth has become the ruler of the global economy.

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