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Bannon, Plato and the decline of America

Tue, 2017-03-07 11:13

In a piece for the Asia Times, Desautels Professor Reuven Brenner looks at Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon’s view of history and how it forms his domestic and foreign strategy. Professor Brenner says that Bannon’s “generational view of history” can be traced back to analogues in the ancient world, specifically those of Aristotle and Plato, not to mention the US founding fathers.

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Desautels undergraduates secure a win at PRMIA Risk Management Challenge

Fri, 2017-03-03 11:45

Congratulations to Desautels BCom students Evan Coulter, Valentyn Litvin, Meagan Prins, and Marina Simonian for winning the PRMIA Risk Management Challenge, marking a third consecutive victory for the Faculty. The team will advance to the International Risk Management Challenge in London, UK on April 7th, 2017 for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 USD.

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Canada’s new ‘green’ economy

Wed, 2017-03-01 10:59

In Smiths Falls, Ontario, a former chocolate factory houses one of Canada’s biggest marijuana producers. Canopy Growth and its competitors are in a headlong rush to increase production and market share, and they will likely soon exceed the market for medical marijuana in Canada. But that’s no problem; the industry is looking ahead, toward the legalized recreational marijuana market promised by the Liberal Government.

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Corruption, accountability and a bridge in Bangladesh

Tue, 2017-02-28 11:15

Desautels Faculty of Management Finance Professor Mo Chaudhury writes for The Daily Star that the court case surrounding the Padma Bridge project in Bangladesh —which has snared the World Bank, SNC-Lavalin and the Bangladeshi government —has only served to highlight the need for greater accountability across the board in large development projects.

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The philosopher and the tycoon, how Eric Hoffer Predicted the last election

Tue, 2017-02-28 11:10

In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Desautels Finance Professor Reuven Brenner examines the 1970 essay Whose Country Is America? by Eric Hoffer. Professor Brenner looks at how the essay seems to have predicted the tenor of the last US presidential election, as well as the histrionics that have rocked America since.

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Macroeconomics, accountability and the 2008 financial crisis

Fri, 2017-02-24 11:20

In a recent essay for the inaugural issue of American Affairs, Desautels Faculty of Management professor Reuven Brenner writes that it is time to drop the macroeconomic myths that have been damaging us for decades, and put accountability back at the centre of our economy. Against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis, he examines the practices and theories that took hold in the 1930s, and how they have affected everything from democracy to the basic assumptions we make about economics.

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Professor Brenner marks launch of American Affairs

Thu, 2017-02-23 12:12

Professor Reuven Brenner of the Desautels Faculty of Management was in Manhattan, NY on February 21 to mark the inauguration of American Affairs, a quarterly journal of public policy and political thought for which he is a contributing writer and serves on the Advisory Board. The launch was hosted at the Harvard Club with guests such as Peter Thiel, former CEO and Co-Founder of PayPal.

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An immigration amnesty could be a real problem-solver for the US

Fri, 2017-02-17 12:07

It’s difficult to get a handle on how many illegal immigrants there are in the US, but the estimated number is around 12 million, with just over half being from Mexico. Yes, there is a criminal element hidden in these numbers, but it is safe to say that the majority are working and may even have families. Rounding them up and shipping them home would be a major undertaking, and could cause friction with Mexico.

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When statistics lie: politics and the US education system

Fri, 2017-02-10 11:46

For 2014-15, the graduation rate from US high schools hit a record 83%. As far as statistics go, that’s one that anyone would love, but there’s more going on than you’d think — and, according to Professor Reuven Brenner, politicians and bureaucracies can make a statistic say nearly anything.

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Exotic Interest Rate Swaps: Snowballs in Portugal

Wed, 2017-02-08 11:06

Authors: Vallee, B.,  Augustin, P.,  Rich, P.

Publications: Harvard Business Publishing 


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