Dubious Positive Biases in Revised U.S. Economic Statistics

Why do most of the methodologically revised U.S. economic statistics tend to create a picture of a more positive looking economy? Do these revised statistics really give a better—or illusory—understanding of economic activity? And is it coincidental that the benefits flowing from these more positive looking statistics largely accrue to powerful elites who also have …

the Globalist: Part I: Meet the Transformers

August 27, 2013 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+     “Young Globalists:” The Complete Series How Young People Transform the World Part I: Meet the Transformers Joseph Quinlan | Who are the faces of the rising global middle class? Part II: The Road Ahead Joseph Quinlan | As global economic activity shifts …

The Globalist: How Young People Transform the World

August 23, 2013 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+     How Young People Transform the World The New Globalists: Meet the Transformers Joseph Quinlan | Who are the faces of the rising global middle class? The New Globalists: The Road Ahead Joseph Quinlan | As global economic activity shifts from the West, …

NATURE’S FORTUNE TOUTED BY FORMER GOLDMAN DIRECTOR By Ellie Winninghoff

NATURE’S FORTUNE TOUTED BY FORMER GOLDMAN DIRECTOR By Ellie Winninghoff “We love nature, but we make it sound like a luxury.” That’s how Nature Conservancy president and CEO Mark Tercek, formerly a managing director at Goldman Sachs, opened his remarks earlier this month at a gathering at Town Hall in …

Public Banking Revolution Continues!

PBI Newsletter, Issue: # 011 February 28th, 2012 Welcome to the PBI Newsletter, February Edition Greetings! With the addition of new bills introduced in the legislatures of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Idaho, the total number of states that have considered, or are considering, a state bank or a study for …

Despite Global Financial Crisis, Illicit Financial Outflows from Developing World Remain High, Finds New Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2011 Despite Global Financial Crisis, Illicit Financial Outflows from Developing World Remain High, Finds New Report Over US$900 Billion Illicitly Drained from Developing Countries in 2009, Says Annual GFI Study Report Finds Developing World Lost US$8.44 Trillion over the Decade 2000-2009 WASHINGTON, DC – Developing …

Growth, Wellbeing and Quality of Life

Growth, Wellbeing and Quality of Life By Daniela Kolbe, Member of the German Parliament (“Bundestag”) and Chair of the Study Commission on ‘Growth, Wellbeing and Quality of Life’. The ‘Beyond GDP’ debate concerns not only civil society and international organizations but is also discussed within individual national societies, including Germany. …

Time for a SMART Financial Transactions Tax!

A publication from iMFdirect Posted on April 13, 2011 by iMFdirect By José Viñals In various guises, the “Year of Living Dangerously” has been used to describe the global financial crisis, the policy response to the crisis, and its aftermath. But, we’ve slipped well beyond a year and the financial system …

Moving beyond GDP a European and national policy issue

A subject once discussed mainly by researchers and university scholars, the need to develop new indicators to better measure a nation’s prosperity and quality of life is now high on the agenda of European policy makers and national governments. This newsletter highlights recent developments in efforts to find measures that …