Archive for July, 2014

CEE Review: Scientific fraud | Coffee entrepreneur flees | Progress on paralysis | Costs of cronyism | And more

Friday, July 25th, 2014

News and Opinion

Laura Smith went into business with her dad. It did not go well.

Neat engineering: schoolchildren in India use desks made from cardboard. At YouTube.

The high costs of cronyism — how politicized business helps some at the expense of others (PDF). Russ Sobel and Rachel Graefe-Anderson’s new working paper from Mercatus.

Start-time-ChicagoCoffee entrepreneur flees Chicago. See the related image from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about the time it takes to start a business in Chicago legally compared with other major U.S. cities.

Why are scientific fraudsters rarely punished? And what about recovering the grant monies? At The New York Times‘s site. More at Retraction Watch, a blog that covers the self-correction process in scientific journals.

Solving the trash problem in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. NPR’s site.

Maker of the Kitestring app: “I founded Kitestring to keep my girlfriend safe”.

Medical technology meets science fiction: Using the power of thought to move a paralyzed hand. At The Washington Post.


The 2015 Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society (IABS) will be in Costa Rica from March 12–15, 2015. The conference theme is “Realizing Eudemonia in Business and Society.”gillis-web

Blast from the past: Our Kaizen interview with architect John Gillis.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” (George Bernard Shaw)

Only in Argentina?

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

map-argentinaA fun and informative post about 20 things that only happen in Argentina.


* Two of our Kaizen interviews on entrepreneurship and ethics:
Enrique Duhau and Eduardo Marty.

* Business in Argentina — interview with Federico Fernández and Martin Sarano.

* A comparison of how resource-poor Hong Kong’s relatively laissez-faire free market has taken it from poverty to riches while resource-rich Argentina’s experiments in statism have taken it from prosperity to decline and semi-functionality.

* Stephen Hicks’s keynote lecture at the 2010 Austrian Economics conference in Rosario, Argentina, sponsored by the Bases Foundation, the Faculty of Economics of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, and the Instituto Hayek.

CEE Review: What’s in a name?, Educating for entrepreneurship, Tax-friendly Canada, Ancient Athens, and more

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

News and Opinion

In Chicago, Mike was told his name was “too ghetto.” But he was allowed to open his shop as Michael’s Wine and Spirits.

Athens.coinA recent paper in the Journal of Institutional Economics argues that, with the exception of women and slaves, “economic freedom in ancient Athens is on level with the highest ranked modern economies such as Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Four teenage girls in Nigeria turn urine into fuel.

Canada ranked world’s most tax-friendly country for business. Financial Post‘s site.

New working paper from Stephen Hicks: “Educating for Entrepreneurship” [pdf]. Part of CEE’s Working Papers in Ethics and Entrepreneurship series.

Jack Archer’s infographic: Habits of the wealthiest people.


The Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2 will meet in Croatia in September.

Manhattanville College’s Economic Freedom Institute is hosting a conference this fall. The themes is Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, 70 years later.

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.