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The Power of a Single NumberA Political History of GDP

The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Philipp Lepenies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231175104
eISBN:
9780231541435
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175104.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Widely used since the mid-twentieth century, GDP (gross domestic product) has become the world’s most powerful statistical indicator of national development and progress. Practically all governments ... More

Reforming the International Financial System for Development

Reforming the International Financial System for Development

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157643
eISBN:
9780231527279
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157643.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

The 1944 Bretton Woods conference created new institutions for international economic governance. Though flawed, the system led to a golden age in postwar reconstruction, sustained economic growth, ... More

Rethinking Investment IncentivesTrends and Policy Options

Rethinking Investment Incentives: Trends and Policy Options

Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann, Perrine Toledano, Lise Johnson, and Lisa Sachs (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231172981
eISBN:
9780231541640
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172981.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Governments often use direct subsidies or tax credits to encourage investment and promote economic growth and other development objectives. Properly designed and implemented, these incentives can ... More

The Secret Financial Life of FoodFrom Commodities Markets to Supermarkets

The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets

Kara Newman

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156714
eISBN:
9780231527347
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156714.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This book takes a close look at agricultural commodities, from the iconic pork belly to the obscure peppercorn and nutmeg. The results of an investigation are recorded here and show how contracts ... More

Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing

Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing

Joseph Stiglitz, Patrick Bolton, and Frederic Samama (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231158633
eISBN:
9780231530286
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231158633.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) are state-owned investment funds with combined asset holdings that are fast approaching four trillion dollars. Recently emerging as a major force in global financial ... More

Too Little, Too LateThe Quest to Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises

Too Little, Too Late: The Quest to Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises

Martin Guzman, José Antonio Ocampo, and Joseph E. Stiglitz (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231179263
eISBN:
9780231542029
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231179263.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Macro- and Monetary Economics

The current approach to resolving sovereign debt crises does not work: sovereign debt restructurings come too late and address too little. Though unresolved debt crises impose enormous costs on ... More

Truth, Errors, and LiesPolitics and Economics in a Volatile World

Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World

Grzegorz Kolodko

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231150699
eISBN:
9780231521567
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231150699.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, International

This book applies far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a new framework for understanding our global situation. Deploying a mix of scientific evaluation and ... More

Uncertainty, Expectations, and Financial InstabilityReviving Allais's Lost Theory of Psychological Time

Uncertainty, Expectations, and Financial Instability: Reviving Allais's Lost Theory of Psychological Time

Eric Barthalon

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231166287
eISBN:
9780231538305
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231166287.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This book applies the neglected theory of psychological time and memory decay of Nobel Prize–winning economist Maurice Allais (1911–2010) to model investors' psychology in the present context of ... More

The World’s First Stock Exchange

The World’s First Stock Exchange

Lodewijk Petram

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163781
eISBN:
9780231537322
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163781.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The launch of the Dutch East India Company in 1602 initiated Amsterdam’s transformation from a regional market town into a dominant financial center. The Company introduced easily transferable ... More

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