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Is getting an MBA degree a good idea?

MBA programs are great and have a lot of career benefits. But when you scratch the surface of the apparent exclusive benefits of such programs, you may discover that all that glitters is not gold…

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An Epidemic of Economic Ignorance

The last two issues of Economic Perspectives drew on observations made while I was on a month’s visit to South Africa, during which time the Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, presented his annual Budget to Parliament in Cape Town. He was robustly resistant to calls from a variety of special interest groups for more welfare spending than his budget could extend to, and I could see that his unwavering steadfastness amid all that clamour was putting his personal position at risk.

Understanding Land Value Taxation

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One of the great mysteries of modern economics is how little attention is paid to the role of land in economic activity. In particular, taxing land ownership as opposed to taxing the economic activity that takes place on it. Flick open an economics textbook, and you’ll find the idea of taxing land ownership based on its unimproved values – basically, the ‘raw’ land itself – seems unthinkable. Which is strange because the forefathers of modern economic theory, dating back to Adam Smith himself, had a very different attitude to land taxation.

Pensions & the Generational Divide

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The assumption that you’ll invest enough of your earnings into a pension scheme and enjoy a decent standard of living when you retire is a faulty one. Today, the retirement prospects for Generation X’ers and Millennials are looking bleak. Andrew Walker looks into what went wrong.

Inflationary Folly has Consequences

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Responses to previous instalments of my “Economic Perspectives” include queries on why unbridled credit expansion by the main central banks in USA, UK, EU and Japan does not appear to be reflected in a commensurate rise in the general price level, affecting all sectors of the economy.

Workplace Gamification – fun and games?

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This global workplace malaise is a drag on productivity and is reckoned to cost billions in lost GDP through absenteeism, stress-related illness, and the costs of staff turnover. We look into why…

The Education Game

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Sooner or later everyone takes an interest in how children are educated. It’s a deep parental motivation to ensure your children have the best opportunities in life, and a good education plays a central role in that. But how do you judge what makes a good education?

Ad Men or Sad Old Men?

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We have a look how the modern ad industry is very different from the Mad Men era. Back then it was all about selling campaigns, billboards and TV airtime, today it’s a business that specialises in selling your personal data.