Archive for March, 2015

Dr. Carrie-Ann Biondi to speak at Rockford University

Monday, March 30th, 2015

biondi-carrie-annDr. Carrie-Ann Biondi of Marymount Manhattan College will be speaking on “Mike Rowe and Ayn Rand: Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

According to Professor Shawn Klein, who is organizing the talk, Dr. Biondi’s focus is actor Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and what those television programs show about productiveness as a virtue.

“There is no such thing as clean or dirty work, but rather work done either well or poorly.”

Rowe,Mike-Dirty-JobsDr. Biondi won Marymount Manhattan’s teaching excellence award in 2012. A video of her acceptance speech is here.

Time: April 2.
Location: Rockford University campus (map here).

Professor Biondi’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and is open to all interested parties.

CEE Review: Art entrepreneurship | Incentives and racism | New books on Steve Jobs | and more

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

News and Opinion

A focus on the Art world:

impressionist-galleryEntrepreneurship and art: The dealer who made the Impresssionists. The Guardian.

Politics and art: Camille Paglia on How Capitalism Can Save Art: “I am speaking as a libertarian Democrat who voted for Barack Obama.” The Wall Street Journal.

Economics and art: Franklin Einspruch requests: “Art People: Learn Economics, I Beseech You.” Artblog.net.

Philosophy and art: “Taking Modern Artists at Their Word.” Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.

Being the artist of your own life and reinventing oneself, no matter what one’s age. The New York Times.

And in other areas:

Pitching to investors: The only 10 slides you need. Entrepreneur magazine.

Sandy Ikeda on economic incentives and racism: Trading with “The Other” — can mutual benefit overcome racism?. Foundation for Economic Education.

A report on Puerto Rico’s economy in 2015 with recommendations for reform. National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce.

Hair-braiders in eight states, Arkansas now included, can now operate legally. Institute for Justice.

How we moved decisively from entrepreneurial laissez-faire to central planning, the case of Britain: economic historian Daniel Ritschel’s “We are All Planners Now.” Abstract at Oxford Scholarship Online.

At Inc. magazine: seven new books on Steve Jobs, including one from CEE’s Shawn Klein. Steve Jobs and Philosophy (2015):
Klein-Jobs-coverWhy It’s Intriguing: This soon-to-be-published book contains reflections of 16 contemporary philosophers on the life of Steve Jobs and the effect that he’s had on modern society.
Best Quote: “Jobs was an outstanding achiever and a complex man with serious faults. This book is neither demonization nor hagiography. It is not intended as indictment or apology. The chapters are thoughtful, mostly philosophical, examinations, from different points of view, of Steve Jobs’s life and work, and their impact on our culture and the way we live.”

Idea: “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” Steve Jobs

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.

CEE Review: Against paternalism | Factory Asia | Cultural trust | Cronyist incentives, and more

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

News and Opinion

Youth entrepreneurship: Harlem Teen Raises $30,000 Without Investors to Start a Business the World Has Never Seen. NextShark.

china-manufacturingFactory Asia. The Economist feature on China’s rise to manufacturing dominance and its likelihood of staying there.

American exceptionalism: individualism, optimism, and religion. Pew Research.

Professor Richard Ebeling on survey results: Americans See Big Corruption in Big Business. EpicTimes.

Cronyist incentives in the mixed economy: Give politicians control over business, and businesses will then “invest” in politicians. $1 gives $760 ROI.

Grégoire Canlorbe interviews Paul H. Rubin on dominance and productive hierarchies. Institut Coppet.

Against paternalism: “On Intelligence, Freedom, and Who Knows What’s Best for You”. Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.trust

How institutions generate norms of trust. Abstract of Cassar, d’Adda, and Grosjean’s paper in the Journal of Law and Economics.

Idea: “The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” George Orwell

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.

CEE Review: Work-life balance | Gender quotas | Millennials underperform | and more

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

News and Opinion

work-life-balance-multiWork-life balance: Google’s CFO is retiring early to spend more time with family. Really. The New York Times.

Chris Matthews on “The myth of the 1% and the 99%” and “why aren’t Americans taking to the streets?” Fortune.

Rebecca Strauss: “There is no question that the US is far more regulated than it used to be — regulations have been growing steadily in number for decades under both Democratic and Republican presidents. … But while regulatory burden is up, it’s still lower than in nearly every other country on earth.” So does the US need fewer regulations or smarter regulations? (Or both?) Quartz.

Sharp practices in Chinese e-commerce: “Merchants use fake orders, shell storefronts to gain prominence.” The Wall Street Journal.

“Why we should all be thrilled about the FDA starting to embrace innovation.” Vivek Wadhwa in The Washington Post.

Germany Sets Gender Quota in the Boardroom. The New York Times.norway-quota

Related: “The Impact on Firm Valuation of Mandated Female Board Representation.” In the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Kenneth Ahrens and Amy Dittmer assess the results of Norway’s 2003 law mandating 40% female representation on boards.

Work to do: American millennials are among the world’s least skilled. Fortune.

Related: Millennials in America are atrocious at math — and not great at reading, either. Washington Post.

“The United States of Corporate Welfare”: Which company got the most targeted tax breaks, subsidies, and grants in the state where you live? Reason.

“Two Cheers for Corruption.” Deirdre McCloskey reviews two books for The Wall Street Journal.

Anna Vital’s graphical history of opportunity. Click to enlarge. Vital-AnnaHistory-of-opportunity

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.

CEE Review: Dolls teach entrepreneurship | Corrupting Hong Kong | Food carts | and more

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

News and Opinion

american_girl_parisAmerican Girl Dolls and teaching girls entrepreneurship. Iowa City Press Citizen.

Entrepreneurial urban farming in Boston. PBS.

Temporal misallocation: “Chinese construction boom wastes resources on a massive scale.” Daniil Gorbatenko at the Atlas Network.

Uber and the jitneys. Sarah Skwire on old and new transportation technology. Foundation for Economic Education.

“Claudia Perez is 62 years old. She was born in Mexico, but came to the United States in 1995.” How Chicago makes her food-cart business illegal. Hilary Gowins in Huffington Post.

hong-kong1An article in Constitutional Political Economy on Hong Kong’s transition: Eric Ip argues that HK is becoming a “partisan social engineer and economic gamesman, thereby unleashing skyrocketing rent-seeking opportunities.” Springer.

“Are You Smart Enough to Live in a Free Society?” Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.

Idea: “The best strategists aren’t intimidated or paralyzed by uncertainty and ambiguity; they are creative enough to imagine possibilities that may or may not actually exist and are willing to try a course of action knowing full well that it will have to be tweaked or even overhauled entirely as events unfold.
“The essential qualities for this type of person are flexibility, imagination, and resilience. But there is no evidence that these qualities are correlated with pure intelligence.social-media-strategy-192 In fact, the late organizational learning scholar Chris Argyris argued the opposite in his classic HBR article ‘Teaching Smart People How to Learn.’ In his study of strategy consultants, Argyris found that smart people tend to be more brittle. They need both to feel right and to have that correctness be validated by others. When either or both fail to occur, smart people become defensive and rigidly so.” Roger Martin at Harvard Business Review.

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.