Archive for January, 2015

CEE Review: Maker Faire | Most corrupt states | Child labor in Mexico | Böhm-Bawerk, and more

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

News and Opinion

Jonathan Ortmans on Maker Faire and a renaissance in grassroots manufacturing entrepreneurship. Policy Dialogue.

Harvard study ranks Illinois among most corrupt states. And the distinction between legal and illegal corruption.

childlabor Child labor in Mexico: “Child labor has been largely eradicated at the giant agribusinesses that have fueled the boom in Mexican exports to the United States. But children pick crops at hundreds of small- and mid-size farms across Mexico, and some of the produce they harvest makes its way into American kitchens and markets.” LA Times.

How journalist Jessica Mitford exposed a $48 million scam: The Famous Writers School.

Billions for the bailout behind closed doors. A New York Times column on emerging information about the AIG-Goldman-Sachs-Fed bailout deal.

“Böhm-Bawerk’s Approach to Entrepreneurship.” Matthew McCaffrey and Joseph T. Salerno in the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

droneDrone use in real estate and agriculture: the Federal Aviation Administration grants some exemptions to its ban. Inc.

Profit in medicine. Amesh Adalja asks: When are healthcare providers too big to profit? Forbes.

“Lifeboat Ethics: How Scarcity Thinking Sets Us at Each Others’ Throats.” And “Do We Really Live in a World of Scarce Resources?” Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.

Entrepreneurs versus state licensing laws: Texas judge strikes down requirements that led to the arrest of unlicensed hair braiders. Small Business Trends.

hair-braidersAnd more on licensing conflicts: Johannesburg, South Africa, police impound Uber cars and fine drivers.

Idea: “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.” Jim Collins channels the poet William Ernest Henley: “I am the captain of my soul. I am the master of my fate.”

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.