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ETNZ release on flawed report on NZ energy

Supposed expert group’s report on New Zealand a mix of factual errors, unsourced ‘concerns’, and unsubstantiated insinuation The International Energy Agency periodically sends a team out to review the energy policies of member countries. Last year it produced a lengthy report on New Zealand that included a special focus section …

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OECD: Shrink Japan’s gender pay gap

The OECD recommended that even with a consumption tax rate of 10 percent Japan would remain among the OECD countries with low consumption tax rates, suggesting scope for further increase to help achieve fiscal sustainability. Tax increase should be gradual Q: How long do you think it will take Japan …

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The political economy of a long depression

Profitability and the weakness of recovery Consider first the weakness of the recovery. No region of the world is experiencing consistent growth at the rate enjoyed prior to 2008—even the more successful large economies of the Global South, some of which experienced rapid growth prior to the crisis, have had …

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Economists Robert Frank, Edward Barbier to speak at CSU June 11

Well-known economist Robert H. Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management at Cornell University, will join CSU’s own leading economist, Edward Barbier, for a pair of plenary sessions on campus as part of the 16th World Congress of Social Economics on June 11. Robert Frank Frank, whose “Economic View” …

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Musicoin, Sell: Economics Of The Ecosystem Is Unsustainable

Musicoin (MUSIC-USD) is a cryptocurrency and associated platform whose professed aim is to disintermediate the music streaming business. It plans to achieve this through a cryptocurrency to facilitate royalty and other payments, and via peer-to-peer content delivery. Its whitepaper is not short on hooks: it claims it will offer artists …

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China is thinking about scrapping birth limits — but that probably won’t have the impact it’s hoping for

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0. 8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”span class=sourceJohannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images/span” data-reactid=”31″>Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0. 8em)–sm” type=”text” content=”br” data-reactid=”32″> China is reportedly considering ending its two-child limit.The country is facing a demographic crisis and aging workforce. But some analysts doubt that the policy change …

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