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Five Online Courses on CAPITALISM, Chinese MARXISM and GLOBALIZATION to Deepen Your Knowledge

Ilse Oosterlaken

What courses to take if you would like to sharpen your thoughts on morality and markets? In the third post in this series I recommend some massive open online courses (MOOCs) that deepen your knowledge on capitalism, chinese marxism and globalization.

Lessons from Mauritius on Making Companies More Accountable

The Conversation ("Academic Rigour, Journalistic Flair")

“The country has sustained its position as the best country in Sub-Saharan Africa to conduct business leads the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance. […] Our study found significant levels of compliance with the code in the three years after implementation. But we also found that Mauritian companies picked and chose elements of the code. They implemented the easier ones perceived to be beneficial, or simply the ones that made them look good.”

How can Companies Doing Business Overseas Reduce the Risk of Corrupt Practices?

The Conversation ("Academic Rigour, Journalistic Flair")

“The terms compliance, anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies and procedures have recently become trendier. Businesses in general and multinational corporations in particular are becoming more concerned about these issues, and have as a goal to meet the legal compliance obligations in order to reduce corruption risks. In two recent cases, we can confirm the global impact of anti-bribery and corruption compliance policies.”

The Tools to Fix a Broken Economy

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

“I believe it is because he recognizes the power of the market economy and the entrepreneurial spirit that he has felt the need to speak up at this time. His outspoken remarks remind us that the free market can fail because of powerful vested interests, resulting in sections of society being in effect excluded from its benefits. Economic justice can and should coexist with enterprise.”

There is No Liberty without Economic Liberty

CapX ("for popular capitalism") and Deirdre McCloskey

“Since the rise during the late 1800s of socialism, New Liberalism, and Progressivism it has been conventional to scorn economic liberty as vulgar and optional—something only fat cats care about. But the original liberalism during the 1700s of Voltaire, Adam Smith, Tom Paine, and Mary Wollstonecraft recommended an economic liberty for rich and poor understood as not messing with other peoples’ stuff. Indeed, economic liberty is the liberty about which most ordinary people care.”

Four Open Online Courses on ECONOMIC GROWTH, (IN)EQUALITY and WELL-BEING to Deepen Your Knowledge

Ilse Oosterlaken

What courses to take if you would like to sharpen your thoughts on morality and markets? In the second post in this series some massive open online courses (MOOCs) that deepen your knowledge on economic growth, (in)equality and well-being.

A New Paradigm for the Introductory Course in Economics

VOX ("research-based policy analysis & commentary from leading economists")

“Our intro courses fail to reflect the dramatic advances in economics […] since Samuelson’s paradigm-setting 1948 textbook. Missing, too, is any sustained engagement with new problems we now confront and on which economics has important insights for public policy – climate change, innovation, instability and growing inequality amongst them. This column introduces a free online interactive text […] which responds.”

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