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Illegal Ivory Almost All from Recent Killing, Study Finds

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Researchers analyzing African elephant tusks seized by global law enforcement have confirmed what many suspect: the illegal ivory trade, now running in high gear, is being fueled almost exclusively by recently killed animals. In the first study of its kind, researchers showed that almost all...

Turkey in the World

Turkey in the World

One event in a new series on Global Hot Spots

November 21, 2016 · 6-7:30PM

Columbia University, Heyman Center Common Room

  • Orhan Pamuk, Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor of the Humanities; Fellow, The Committee on Global Thought
  • N. Turkuler Isiksel, James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum, Political Science
  • Mark MazowerCommentator, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History
  • Carol GluckModerator, George Sansom Professor of History; Chair, The Committee on Global Thought

With support from The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Event Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event Location: 
Columbia University, Heyman Center, Common Room
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Til Debt Do Us Part

Lessons for a Deglobalizing World from the Last 25 Centuries of Financial Crisis

 

November 10 · 6-7PM

Columbia University, 513 Fayerweather Hall

  • Bob Swarup, Author, Money Mania; Senior Visiting Fellow, Cass Business School, London; Fellow, Institute of Economic Affairs, London
  • Perry Mehrling, Professor of Economics, Barnard College; Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

About the Discussion

Dr. Bob Swarup and Professor Perry Mehrling see economic and political performance under deglobalization as a warning about what lies ahead. Yet perhaps we can learn from the past to avoid this grim future?

What are the emerging tensions between growth and financial stability? Dr. Swarup and Professor Mehrling look to the case of Europe in the 1920s to examine the perils of autarky and too much debt. History teaches us that economies do not exist in isolation but rather have political and social dimensions; when policymakers ignore this reality, it comes back to haunt us as the specter of populism.

Furthermore, what can we learn from the past about contemporary issues of redistribution, inequality, fiscal vs. monetary policy, and beyond? Dr. Swarup will guide participants through his book, Money Mania, noting some of the themes that reemerge throughout history, particularly with respect to behavioral biases. He will also assess the risks we don’t think about enough today, such as the impact on savings pools, social cohesion, and the Fetish of GDP.

About Money Mania

Money Mania is a sweeping account of financial speculation and its consequences, from ancient Rome to the Meltdown of 2008. Acclaimed journalist and investor Bob Swarup tracks the history of speculative fevers caused by the appearance of new profitable investment opportunities; the new assets created and the increasing self-congratulatory euphoria that drives them to unsustainable highs, all fed by an illusion of insight and newly minted experts; the unexpected catalysts that eventually lead to panic; the inevitable crash as investors scramble to withdraw their funds from the original market and any other that might resemble it; and finally, the brevity of financial memory that allows us to repeat the cycle without ever critically evaluating the drivers of this endless cycle.
In short, it is the story of what makes us human.

“Unusually well-told, and expansive in scope. Similarities between different episodes are breath-taking… His framework provides interesting pointers.” – Financial Times

“[An] excellent new book, which looks at booms, panics and busts down the ages. … Swarup’s book comes out at an opportune moment.” – The Guardian

“[An] erudite history of financial speculation.” – The Economist

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Columbia University, 513 Fayerweather Hall
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Productivity for Inclusive Growth

Productivity for Inclusive Growth

A Talk by Luis Felipe Céspedes 
Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Republic of Chile
 


Friday, October 28, 2016
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101
Columbia University



RSVP 

After the turn of the millennium 90% of OECD countries experienced a decline in trend labor productivity growth. This decline in productivity growth has played out against a global backdrop of rising, or persistently high, inequalities of income, wealth and well-being.  In 2014 Chile, an OECD country member, launched a comprehensive Productivity Agenda. The overriding aim behind this was to broaden the productive base of the economy to generate strong and sustainable future productivity gains, whilst also ensuring that productivity growth benefits all parts of society, in terms of improved living standards and opportunities. Minister Céspedes will discuss the main pillars of the Agenda, and how Chile is working to enhance its productivity to generate more inclusive growth. 

Co-sponsored by the Center on Global Economic Governance, the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at Columbia SIPA, and the Columbia Global Centers | Santiago

Please click here to RSVP.

For more information contact pepm@columbia.edu.

Event Date: 
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101
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The Atlantic Philanthropies Establishes New Fellowship Program at Columbia to Dismantle Anti-Black Racism

Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2016

The Atlantic Philanthropies and Columbia University today announced the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, a 10-year, $60 million program for courageous and creative leaders dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa, two nations with deep and enduring...

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Behind China’s Digital Dominance

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It’s no secret that China is at the forefront of digitization. But the reasons why — and what’s behind the country’s innovative approaches to product development and customer acquisition — provide useful lessons for the rest of the world.

During the recent ...

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Global Trade: Myths and Truths

Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

With international trade all over the news media and dominating politics, panelists at “Trade Issues Today,” a recent conference cosponsored by the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, tackled some of the biggest misunderstandings surrounding trade. “It’s a shame arguments [against...

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Student-Organized Symposium Considers Forced Displacement

Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

On October 5, SIPA’s Migration Working Group hosted a symposium to discuss the lessons learned from two recent landmark summits for refugees and migrants and to...

Financial and Social Perspective on the Pension System in Chile

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
Columbia University

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Why Trade Is In Trouble

Date: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Even when globalization was a far less contentious issue, international trade treaties were tough to negotiate. Now, in the wake of startling xenophobia on both sides of the Atlantic, even regional and bi-lateral agreements are in danger of dissolving.

That was the pessimistic take of...

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