Archive for April, 2015

CEE Review: Income immobility | Brazil’s bribery scandal | No free dentistry for the poor | and more

Friday, April 24th, 2015

News and Opinion

It’s not the income inequality: It’s the income immobility. Tyler Cowen in The New York Times.

Africa-workoutAfrican progress data. Max Roser at Africa in Data.

Starbucks invests in its employees: $250 Million for Free 4-Year College For Every Employee. Forbes.

How Brazil’s ‘Nine Horsemen’ Cracked a Bribery Scandal. The Wall Street Journal.

Richard Lorenc profiles Steve Jobs. Foundation for Economic Education.

Here are must-attend conferences in 2015 for tech entrepreneurs. At innov8ive.

“Are We Too Wicked for Freedom?” Stephen Hicks at The Good Life.

Hiroko Tabuchi on the second B corporation to go public: “Etsy I.P.O. Tests Pledge to Balance Social Mission and Profit.” The New York

Government Tells Philanthropist Dentist He Can’t Charge Lower Prices for Poor People. Institute for Justice.

JP Morgan has spent $36 billion on legal matters since the financial crisis. So it has developed surveillance algorithms to identify rogue employees before they go astray. Bloomberg.

Idea: “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” Herbert Swope

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.

*Steve Jobs and Philosophy* published by Shawn Klein

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Klein-Jobs-coverAnew book, Steve Jobs and Philosophy, edited by CEE’s Shawn E. Klein, is now published and available in bookstores and online.

Dr. Klein has assembled sixteen essays on Steve Jobs’s impact. Here is Klein’s summary:

“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.”

CEE’s Stephen Hicks contributed an essay entitled “How Can We Make Entrepreneurs?”

The book is part of Open Court Publishing’s Popular Culture and Philosophy series. Here is the Amazon link for more information.

CEE Review: Street-Selling | Panama’s significance | Hand-made and hi-tech | Fake peer review, and more

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

News and Opinion

What foreign language should entrepreneurs learn to best connect in a globalizing economy? The Economist.

Male nurses make more money than female nurses. The Wall Street Journal.

tehran-sugar-beet-vendor“Street-selling is the poor man’s entrepreneurship.” From Iran, Mohamad Machine-Chian reflects on the fate of 31-year-old street fruit-dealer Youness Asakere whose stand was confiscated by the authorities. The Savvy Street.

In The New York Times, Gretchen Morgenstern on Fannie, Freddie, and the Treasury Department: A flood of cash and silence after the housing crisis.

Handmade and high-tech: “In Bolivia, highly skilled knitters have been enlisted to knit heart plugs for kids with holes in their hearts. At a clinic in La Paz, the women sit in a clean medical room and knit tiny, delicate occluders — medical devices for people who suffer from the congenital heart defect known as patent ductus arteriosis. These nimble-fingered women knit the occluders in under two hours with a single metal strand made of an alloy called nitinol.” More at Good magazine.

Fake peer review, “possibly involving third-party companies selling the service,” leads to the retraction of 43 papers from a science journal. Retraction Watch.

panama-thirdKevin Bryan of the University of Toronto on Joel Mokyr’s thesis about innovation and the Industrial Revolution.

Surse Pierpoint on Panama’s economic significance — the Canal and the Free Trade Zone. Charleston College of Business channel at YouTube.

Related: CEE’s Kaizen interview with Pierpoint on Entrepreneurial Logistics in Panama.


Professor Irfan Khawaja announces the extensive program for the Ninth Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, to be held on April 25, 2015 at the Felician College Rutherford Campus in New Jersey.

The Association for Private Enterprise Education has its 40th annual meeting in mid-April in Cancun. Stephen Hicks will be presenting two papers, one on “Social Virtues for Individualists” and one on “Corruption in Business — Does Regulation Lessen It or Make It Worse?”

Call for Papers for the 19th Scientific Conference on Ethics in Economic Life, to be held in Lodz, Poland.

Idea: “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” Colin Powell

And check out Anna Vital’s graphic on serial entrepreneurs’ multiple paths to success (click to enlarge):

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: Chinese free trade | Music entrepreneur advice | Chicago closes incubator | and more

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

News and Opinion

Guangdong-FTZ-2China greenlights plans for Guangdong Free Trade Zone. CCTV.

Cool technology: Parking your bike in Japan. YouTube.

Designing private cities, open to all. Alex Tabarrok and Shruti Rajagopalan in The New York Times.

Super Soaker Creator Receives $72.9M in Unpaid Royalties From Hasbro.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Poland Wins Country of the Year.

earth-headphonesFor music entrepreneurs: Survival in the Age of Spotify. MIT Technology Review.

Chicago bureaucrats put Zina Murray’s innovative entrepreneurship incubator out of business. Institute for Justice on YouTube.

Professor Alexei Marcoux’s invited lecture to the College of Charleston School of Business: “Why Entrepreneurship Matters: Economically, Politically, and Morally”. YouTube.

Idea: “It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)” Latin Proverb