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Who Is Watching the Shadow Banks?

“Shadow banking refers to bank-like financial activities that do not fall under traditional regulations; they have been one of the root causes of the recent financial crisis. M. Thiemann identifies the structural causes for their rapid growth, and shows which institutional reforms could prevent the circumvention of regulations.”

Work That Doesn’t Pay Off

“Free labour takes a wide variety of forms today: charity work, civic service, internships, digital labour… Taking as her starting point the teachings on domestic labour put forward by feminists many years ago, the sociologist Maud Simonet provides an updated analysis of these contemporary forms of exploitation.”

‘The Road to Serfdom’ at 75: Reflecting on Hayek’s Enduring Work

“Friedrich A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom was first published 75 years ago this month. Initially written as a brief memo in 1933, it eventually grew into a book and is probably the Nobel Laureate economist’s most well-known work. How does TRS hold up this many years later? What does it have to say about where we find ourselves today as a civilization and where we might be headed?”

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Green Money

“Socially responsible investment, green bonds, extra-financial rating agencies: ‘climate finance’ has developed over the last few years. Without State involvement, will these tools suffice to finance the transition toward a carbon neutral global economy?”

Discussion (in English) of the French book Climat; Un Défi pour la Finance, by Pierre Ducret and Maria Scolan.

Aquinas and the Market: Toward A Humane Economy

Aquinas and the Market: Toward A Humane Economy is a pleasant surprise, because it takes both economics and theology very seriously. There are probably not many scholars who have doctorates in economics (Harvard) and theology (Notre Dame) and even fewer who can write an academic book that is almost entirely free of academic jargon. It is readable without oversimplifying the subject matter.”

Book on Steinhoff’s Demise Shows Danger of ‘Big Men’ Business Leaders

“The collapse of Steinhoff International, the multi-billion dollar global business group, has been rightly described as the biggest corporate scandal in South African history. The company’s history, and its subsequent evolution and demise, are skillfully told in a new book, Steinhoff: Inside SA’s Biggest Corporate Crash. […] the book provides valuable insights and lessons that are universally applicable and comparable. It must be made compulsory reading in corporate boardrooms and business schools.”

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