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Kyle Chan

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New perspectives on economic debates and the financial system. No statistics knowledge required.

On Tuesday, A Day For Nation Building

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The American people are not just electing a president and an economic platform; they are determining and defining the very character of their society.

05.11.2012

To Regulate, Or Not

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The ideological debate over regulation misses the point: it's not a question of more or less, but of good regulatory designs. The London bus system provides an instructive example.

18.08.2012

Are They Worth It?

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The question of whether the Olympics are worth it is meaningless unless we ask: to whom?

26.07.2012

A Perfect Break Point

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Regulators and politicians missed a crucial opportunity for structural change after the financial crisis, but banks continue to serve up new scandals and chances for reform. Will we finally act this time?

12.07.2012

How Much for That CEO?

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High executive pay is the result of two factors that markets have a hard time dealing with in combination: high stakes and high uncertainty.

29.04.2012

The Price Is Right

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Rather than lamenting the flow of graduates from top schools into finance and consulting, we need to offer a compelling public sector alternative. Don't expect students to sacrifice a career to do good.

23.03.2012

What Happens If We Soak the Rich?

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At the heart of the debate over raising taxes on the rich lies a basic economic question: Do higher taxes discourage people from working? Answering this question requires a more realistic view of individual behavior.

27.02.2012

Regulate Finance Like Pharma

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Banks got away with far too much, but we act as if the problem of fixing financial regulation has been solved. Have we missed our chance for real reform?

07.02.2012

Does Income Inequality Matter?

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Our discussions of income inequality are misguided. Instead of criticizing the rich for their wealth, we must ask whether the poor truly deserve their poverty.

27.01.2012
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