Archive for July, 2015

CEE Review: How Airbnb started | Hong Kong’s enviable metro system | Call for papers | and more

Monday, July 20th, 2015

News and Opinion

hong-kong_metroIs the natural gas revolution killing coal?

Ranking the 50 states’ fiscal health. Mercatus Center.

The world’s most envied metro transit system: Hong Kong’s. CNN.

Innovation: Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO.

The education of Airbnb’s Brian Chesky. Fortune.

“Supreme Court strikes down federal raisin program as unconstitutional.” USA Today.


nanjing-roadStephen Hicks will be participating in the 2nd International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance, Building New Bridges Between Business & Society, to be held in Nanjing, P.R., China, from July 29 to 31 and hosted by the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics. His contribution to the conference will include a keynote speech on “Entrepreneurship’s Relationship to Corporate Social Responsibility.” More information regarding Stephen’s contribution to the conference can be found at his website.

Call for papers: Submissions are now being invited for the 5th annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference: A Colloquy on Ethics, which is being held in Sydney on December 7th and 8th of 2015. Given the interdisciplinary nature of ABEN, papers considering all facets of business ethics and social responsibility are welcome. Please send a 500-word abstract to this submission link by July 31, 2015. For further information please visit the conference website or email


Idea: “To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.” Confucius

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: No-tipping policy helped a restaurant triple profits | A business lesson by Frank Zappa | Is Mcdonald’s facing a crisis? | and more

Monday, July 13th, 2015

News and Opinion

“How a no-tipping policy helped this restaurant triple profits in 2 months”. Fortune.

Frank-ZappaFrank Zappa lays it down: rock band as entrepreneurial venture. YouTube.

Supreme Court sides with Muslim job applicant turned down after wearing hijab. Alaska Dispatch News.

A debate at Business Ethics Highlights: Is Shareholder Wealth Maximization Killing the U.S. Computer Industry?

How the 10-minute idea saved Southwest Airlines. NPR.

mcdonalds-signWith declining revenues, is McDonald’s facing a Schumpeterian creative destruction moment? Business Ethics Highlights.

Virginia Postrel on how textiles have remade our world time and again. Aeon.

Innovation: Self-healing concrete repairs its own cracks.

On occupational licensing: “It is important to realize that occupational licenses are not mere state-sponsored certificates to signal that workers have completed some level of training; occupational licensing laws forbid people from practicing in their occupation without meeting state requirements. If the rationale for licensing an electrician is to protect public safety, it is difficult to see what rationale supports licensing travel guides. Yet, twenty-one states require a license for travel guides. Among these, Nevada has created the highest hurdle: a person hoping to be a travel guide in that state must put in 733 days of training and shell out $1,500 for the license.” The Hamilton Project.


ImprimirStephen Hicks recently gave a lecture in Buenos Aires at a conference sponsored by Fundación para la Responsabilidad Intelectual, Junior Achievement Argentina, and the John Templeton Foundation. He spoke on “Cómo las Revoluciones se Ganan o se Pierden,” with simultaneous translation into Spanish by Maria Herminia Alonso.

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.

New York’s Biggest Toxic Dump: The Love Canal—Six Decades Later

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

love-canal-SSStephen Hicks’s article is up at The Savvy Street.

It was first published in The Good Life series here and was translated into Portuguese as “O desastre ambiental do Love Canal — quatro décadas depois.”