Exploitation of Migrants in France

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According to the New York Times, Parisian food-delivery couriers are exploiting desperate migrants as gig workers. Questions: What is the London-based platform similar to Uber eats? How large is the food-delivery industry in terms of Euros? Why is this exploitation and what percentage of earnings do courier brokers usually take of earnings from chat apps?… Read more »

Big-time Lost Sales

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According to the Washington Post, U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, will reduce the company’s sales by $30 billion over the next two years. Questions By what percentage are Huawei’s cellphone sales outside China expected to drop due to the U.S. ban? Why did the Trump administration bar the selling of U.S. technology… Read more »

Where dogs wear pollution masks

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According to the BBC, one country’s pollution is so bad, that dogs must wear pollution masks. Questions: Which country is this? What is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and what do they do? What type of future costs will this pollution cause? Source: BBC staff. (2019) Where dogs wear masks. The BBC, June… Read more »

Rural wireless service threatened

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According to the New York Times, many small U.S. wireless carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company, Huawei, but must soon rethink expansion plans and other replacements of existing gear. Questions: Why did President Trump ban Huawei’s sale of equipment in the U.S.? How extensively is Huawei’s equipment used across the globe? Do… Read more »

Why Aren’t the Rich Being Audited?

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According to the New York Times, the rich are not being audited by the IRS because the I.R.S. is not being provided with the resources it needs to chase offshore accounts and tax cheats. Questions: Why do the authors of this article submit that taxing ultramillionaires is not the problem? Over what period of time… Read more »

Fines have little impact

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Typically, fines need to be high enough to change the behavior of a company. According to Buzz Feed News, $3 billion is too low to change the behavior of Facebook. Questions: During the first three months of 2019 after the $3 billion fine, how much did the revenues of the company grow? How much did… Read more »

A Tale of the Fake Heiress

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A penniless young woman, who left Russia in 2014 and faked her way to Manhattan as an “heiress,” is now facing up to 15 years in prison. How did Ms. Sorokin bilk a bank out of $100,000? What charges does Ms. Sorokin face? Why did Ms. Sorokin’s lawyer, Todd Spodek, argue that she had not… Read more »

The U.S. Trend to Ban Cashless Retailers

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According to Axios, while big chains like Amazon Go, Sweetgreen, and Shake Shack are fast eliminating cash sales, U.S. cities and states are fighting against this trend. Questions: 1. Why are states like New Jersey and cities like Philadelphia banning cashless retailers? 2. What percentage of U.S. sales are made with cash? 3. What is… Read more »

What is More Important? Jobs or Happiness?

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A Finnish nationwide experiment with basic income has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased. Questions: 1. How much did randomly selected, unemployed people aged 25-58 get in tax-free income each month? (U.S. dollars) 2. What were most people worried about related to any… Read more »

Resignation of another CEO

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Herbalife’s chief executive has resigned over unspecified comments he made before taking leadership of the Los Angeles supplement maker. Questions: 1. What did his previous remarks relate to? 2. Who is CEO Goudis’ replacement and what is the replacement’s background? 3. Why has Herbalife been in the news since 2015? Source: Pazzanghera, J. (2019). Herbalife… Read more »