South Africa is now in Recession

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South Africa has entered into a recession, which is the first time since 2009. Questions: 1. How much has GDP dropped? 2. What has been attributed to the drop and the contraction? 3. How is the South African currency holding up (the rand)? 4. What is the outlook for the rest of the year? Source:… Read more »

Research shows rich people are more likely to lie, cheat, and steal

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Questions: 1. What did you think was the most interesting thing that Keltner and Piff found out as part of their experiments? 2. Why should we care about the ethics of wealthy people? 3. According to the article, what does power lead to? 4. In your opinion, what was the most remarkable point made in… Read more »

Wage Stagnation and Fast-Food Workers: No-Poach Clauses

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According to the New York Times, attorneys general in 10 states are moving to investigate whether a clause in fast-food franchise agreements is preventing workers from switching jobs and, therefore, locking them into low-paying positions and, some economists say, contributing to widespread wage stagnation in the United States. Questions: 1. Briefly explain how these clauses… Read more »

Yet another warning!

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In a new study from the University of Toledo, researchers found that an increase in exposure to blue light can accelerate blindness. Questions: 1. How does this mechanism work? 2. Does your cell phone have blue light? How many devices do you have or use, which have blue lights? 3. What suggestions does the article… Read more »

Sudden Resignation

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Fiat Chrysler on Saturday announced the sudden resignation of longtime CEO Sergio Marchionne, who is stepping down due to complications from surgery. Questions: 1. Who will be replacing Sergio? 2. When Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, what happened? 3. What’s the outlook for Dodge and Chrysler? 4. What’s going on with current Fiat sales?… Read more »

Work four and paid for five

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According to the Guardian, the New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success. Questions: 1. What has the company seen to support its claim of success? 2. What does New Zealand’s workplace relations minister say about the results? 3. How many employees participated in the… Read more »

Can the Consumer Resist Company Market Power?

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Goolsbee (2018) addresses the convenience factor and why we are too often bumbled into allowing a company the power to monopolize us. Questions: 1. What did researchers Brent Neiman and Joseph Vavra find out about individual purchases grocery and big-box stores? 2. Based on the Neiman and Vavra study, the more specialized the demand, the… Read more »

“You’re Fired” In A Posting for All to See!

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In November 2017, manager, Fox Lui, wanted everyone to know that an employee was leaving the Meitu company because he had fired her, so he blasted her for poor execution and not embracing the company’s “user-first” values in a posting for all to see. Questions: 1. What is Meitu’s main business? 2. What does the… Read more »

Hyperinflation

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According to Bloomberg, a cup of coffee cost 450 bolivars in Venezuela less than two years ago. Now, as the nation’s hyperinflation continues to skyrocket, a cafe con leche costs 1 million bolivars — or a mere 29 U.S. cents. Questions: 1. What is the most common note in circulation in Venezuela? 2. Venezuela has… Read more »