Macroeconomic Patterns and Stories

Author: Edward E. Leamer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540463895

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

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The story of this book began with my dif?cult transition from teaching international economics and econometrics in Economics Ph. D. programs at Harvard and UCLA to teaching in the MBA programs at the Anderson School at UCLA. On the basis of 20 years of apparent teaching success in Ph. D. education, I arrived at the Anderson School in 1990 with a self-image as a star teacher, but I was greeted with highly disturbingmediocreteachingevaluations. Facedwithadatasetthatwasinconsistent with my view of reality, I did what analysts usually do – I formulated a theory why the data were misleading. Here is how I thought about it. Two aspects of the course – content and amu- ment – drive numerical course evaluations. If you rank courses by the average of the content score and the amusement score, then the component that can be measured most accurately will determine the ranking. Do you understand why? It is what - eraging does: it eliminates the noise. Suppose, for example, that a student cannot tell anything about the content, and the content score is simply a random number, varying from student to student. Those random numbers will average out across students to about the same number for each course. As the average course content score is about the same for every course, it is the amusement score that will drive the rankings.

Macroeconomic Essentials

Understanding Economics in the News

Author: Peter E. Kennedy,Jay Prag

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262533340

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 472

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Revised edition of late Peter E. Kennedy's Macroeconomic essentials, c2010.

International Economics and Business

Nations and Firms in the Global Economy

Author: Sjoerd Beugelsdijk,Steven Brakman,Harry Garretsen,Charles van Marrewijk,Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107036720

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 500

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Combining economics and business perspectives, this undergraduate textbook explores key principles of the world economy through a uniquely integrated lens.

Poverty and Progress

Realities and Myths about Global Poverty

Author: Deepak Lal

Publisher: Cato Institute

ISBN: 1938048857

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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In his new book, Poverty and Progress: Realities and Myths about Global Poverty, renowned development economist Deepak Lal draws on 50 years of experience around the globe to describe developing-country realities and rectify misguided notions about economic progress. Unique among books that have emerged in recent years on world poverty, Poverty and Progress directly confronts intellectual fads of the West and dismantles a wide range of myths that have obscured an astounding achievement: the unprecedented spread of economic progress around the world that is eliminating the scourge of mass poverty.

Entertainment Industry Economics

A Guide for Financial Analysis

Author: Harold L. Vogel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316062074

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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The entertainment and media industries, already important sectors of the US economy, continue to grow rapidly in other countries around the world. This ninth edition of Entertainment Industry Economics continues to be the definitive source on the economics of film, music, television, advertising, broadcasting, cable, casino and online wagering, publishing, performing arts and culture, toys and games, sports, and theme parks. It synthesizes a vast amount of data to provide a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference guide on the economics, financing, accounting, production, and marketing of entertainment in the United States and overseas. Completely updated, it includes new sections on price effects, art markets, and Asian gaming. Financial analysts and investors, economists, industry executives, accountants, lawyers, regulators and legislators, and journalists, as well as students preparing to join these professionals, will benefit from this invaluable guide on how the entertainment and media industries operate.

Always a Winner

Finding Your Competitive Advantage in an Up and Down Economy

Author: Peter Navarro

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470531723

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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"In much the same way that Good to Great uncovered hitherto hidden secrets of highly successful companies, Navarro’s Always a Winner uses extensive research to reveal the overriding importance of learning how to forecast and strategically manage the business cycle for competitive advantage. In doing so, this book provocatively explores a critical aspect of successful management virtually untapped by the existing strategy literature." —Dan DiMicco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nucor Steel " Always a Winner is an important and timely guide to thriving in challenging economic times. Prof. Navarro deftly bridges the academic and business communities, showing corporate leaders how to read economic tea-leaves to anticipate business cycles. His "Master Cyclist" credo offers many practical tips and real-world case studies for steering companies through turbulent economic seas." —Mark Greene, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, FICO (Fair Isaac Corp.) "Navarro’s Always a Winner shows why forecasting the economy with a ruler can be lethal for corporate executives and money managers. He demonstrates how to skillfully anticipate the ups and downs of the economy and successfully navigate through them. The current economic crisis clearly demonstrates why this book is so important to have on your bookshelf." —Mark Zandi, Chief Economist and Cofounder of Moody’s Economy.com "Always a Winner is required reading for every entrepreneur, money manager, and independent investor hoping to outperform the market and retire one day." —Mark T. Brookshire, Founder of StockTrak.com and WallStreetSurvivor.com " Navarro’s wealth of real world examples will show you how to make both economic recessions and recoveries invaluable allies in executing competitive corporate strategies. A must read!" —Lakshman Achuthan, Managing Director, Economic Cycle Research Institute Why recessions are far more dangerous than any 10 competitors Most companies make a lot of money during economic expansions-and lose a lot of money during recessions. That is the way it has always been. That is the way it need not always be. This book will show you how to "always be a winner" over the course of the entire business cycle-not just when economic times are good. To do this job, this book will arm you with all the strategies and tactics and forecasting tools you will need to profitably manage your organization through the business cycle seasons-from the best of boom times to the worst of recessionary times. In this book, you will learn to Forecast movements and key recessionary turning points in the business cycle Implement a set of powerful "battle-tested" strategies over the course of the business cycle Rebuild your organization with a strategic business cycle orientation and thereby make it much more recession-resistant and resilient over the longer term The forecasting tools and management strategies revealed in this book have been developed over the last five years by the author-the world's leading expert on managing the business cycle for competitive advantage. By learning to strategically manage the business cycle, your organization will be able to create a powerful competitive and sustainable advantage over its rivals and thereby find the grail sought by every executive team in the world-superior financial performance. In this way, Always a Winner provides you with the in-depth insight and practical advice you need to help your company survive and thrive in the increasingly risky conditions of the 21st century.

Economics of Good and Evil

The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street

Author: Tomas Sedlacek

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199830614

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 376

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Tomas Sedlacek has shaken the study of economics as few ever have. Named one of the "Young Guns" and one of the "five hot minds in economics" by the Yale Economic Review, he serves on the National Economic Council in Prague, where his provocative writing has achieved bestseller status. How has he done it? By arguing a simple, almost heretical proposition: economics is ultimately about good and evil. In The Economics of Good and Evil, Sedlacek radically rethinks his field, challenging our assumptions about the world. Economics is touted as a science, a value-free mathematical inquiry, he writes, but it's actually a cultural phenomenon, a product of our civilization. It began within philosophy--Adam Smith himself not only wrote The Wealth of Nations, but also The Theory of Moral Sentiments--and economics, as Sedlacek shows, is woven out of history, myth, religion, and ethics. "Even the most sophisticated mathematical model," Sedlacek writes, "is, de facto, a story, a parable, our effort to (rationally) grasp the world around us." Economics not only describes the world, but establishes normative standards, identifying ideal conditions. Science, he claims, is a system of beliefs to which we are committed. To grasp the beliefs underlying economics, he breaks out of the field's confines with a tour de force exploration of economic thinking, broadly defined, over the millennia. He ranges from the epic of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament to the emergence of Christianity, from Descartes and Adam Smith to the consumerism in Fight Club. Throughout, he asks searching meta-economic questions: What is the meaning and the point of economics? Can we do ethically all that we can do technically? Does it pay to be good? Placing the wisdom of philosophers and poets over strict mathematical models of human behavior, Sedlacek's groundbreaking work promises to change the way we calculate economic value.

PreMBA Analytical Primer

Essential Quantitative Concepts for Business Math

Author: Regina Trevino

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230615783

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 201

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The PreMBA Analytical Primer is a concise and focused review of the analytical tools and methods that are required in MBA quantitative courses.

Sustainable Wealth

Achieve Financial Security in a Volatile World of Debt and Consumption

Author: Axel Merk

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470564370

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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A personal finance guide for today's turbulent world Sustainable Wealth empowers you to achieve your financial goals by unleashing the shackles of debt, no matter how uncertain the future may be. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource illustrates how you can predict economic booms and busts before they happen, adapt to changing markets and plan for lasting financial stability. Over the course of his career, Axel Merk has been at the forefront of identifying major trends, a leader in the public policy debate on how to fix the economy, and guide for investors looking to navigate the global credit crisis. With this new book, Merk puts your financial decisions in a global context and shows how factors ranging from the Federal Reserve and Congress to trends in Asia and Europe influence your financial well-being. Coaches you how to recognize major economic trends before they happen Puts forth a plan to help you cope with expenses and save for retirement, while building a legacy of wealth, not a mountain of debt Reveals why "staying the course" when governments or markets change the rules may be hazardous to your wealth As investors struggle to adapt to the new financial landscape, Sustainable Wealth provides straightforward answers to the tough financial questions we face-and the tools to achieve a financially sustainable lifestyle.

Behavioral Economics For Dummies

Author: Morris Altman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118085035

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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Looks at how psychological factors, including instinct, social pressure, and mental framing, influence an individual's financial and purchasing choices.

Winning Investors Over

Surprising Truths about Honesty, Earnings Guidance, and Other Ways to Boost Your Stock Price

Author: Baruch Lev

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 142211502X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 381

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A guide to dealing with Wall Street in order to boost a company's earnings and stock price features advice for executives on such topics as addressing investors' concerns and maintaining credibility on Wall Street.

The Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators

Author: Richard Yamarone

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118233131

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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A handy reference to understanding key economic indicators and acting on them New economic data are reported virtually every trading day. Investors, big and small, have to understand how these reports influence their investments, portfolios, and future sources of income. The third edition of The Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators examines the most important economic statistics currently used on Wall Street. In a straightforward and accessible style, it tells you exactly what these reports measure and what they really mean. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource sheds some much-needed light on theses numbers and data releases and shows you what to look for and how to react to various economic indicators. Covers everything from gross domestic product and employment to consumer confidence and spending Author Richard Yamarone shares his experience as a former trader, academic, and current Wall Street economist Illustrated with instructive graphs and charts that will put you ahead of market curves Engaging and informative, this book will put you in a better position to make more informed investment decisions, based of some of today's most influential economic indicators.

Essentials of Real Estate Economics.

Author: Dennis J. MacKenzie,Richard M. Betts,Carol Ann Jensen

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 053873969X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 576

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Through a direct and practical approach, this text presents the current economic factors that affect the real estate market and cause real estate values to change. Case & Point features throughout provide thought-provoking application of concepts and help

The Indian Economy

A Macroeconomic Perspective

Author: Nilanjan Banik

Publisher: SAGE Publishing India

ISBN: 9351504905

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

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This lucid and concise overview of India’s macroeconomy presents a comprehensive assessment of governmental policies and measures crucial to economic growth and stability. Thematically structured, the book discusses the demand- and supply-side factors affecting India’s economy, poverty and inequality projecting remedial measures, fiscal and monetary policy, budget constraints, unemployment and inflation, the post-liberalization era and its effects on the labour and capital markets, future reforms in the economy, and trade and external sector. Grounded in the Indian context with extensive case studies, illustrations, and examples, it relates economic theories to real-world economics.

Economic Indicators For Dummies

Author: Michael Griffis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118037626

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 408

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This guide shows you how to interpret critical economic indicators, in order to make solid investments, aid in business planning, and help develop informed decisions.

Manias, Panics and Crashes

A History of Financial Crises, Sixth Edition

Author: Charles P. Kindleberger,Robert Z. Aliber

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230365353

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 356

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Selected as one of the best investment books of all time by the Financial Times, Manias, Panics and Crashes puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. Here is a vivid and entertaining account of how reckless decisions and a poor handling of money have led to financial explosions over the centuries. Covering topics such as the history and anatomy of crises, speculative manias, and the lender of last resort, this book has been hailed as "a true classic . . . both timely and timeless." In this new, updated sixth edition, Kindleberger and Aliber expand upon the ideas presented in the previous edition to bring the history of the financial crisis up-to-date. It now includes two new chapters that provide an in-depth analysis of the causes, consequences and policy responses to the first global crisis of the 21st century, the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008. In addition, these new chapters also cover significant crises of the last fifteen years. The authors offer valuable lessons that will allow the reader to successfully navigate the financial crises of today and ones that lie ahead.

Animal Spirits

How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism

Author: George A. Akerlof,Robert J. Shiller

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834723

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 264

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The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. From blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting confidence in capital markets, "animal spirits" are driving financial events worldwide. In this book, acclaimed economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller challenge the economic wisdom that got us into this mess, and put forward a bold new vision that will transform economics and restore prosperity. Akerlof and Shiller reassert the necessity of an active government role in economic policymaking by recovering the idea of animal spirits, a term John Maynard Keynes used to describe the gloom and despondence that led to the Great Depression and the changing psychology that accompanied recovery. Like Keynes, Akerlof and Shiller know that managing these animal spirits requires the steady hand of government--simply allowing markets to work won't do it. In rebuilding the case for a more robust, behaviorally informed Keynesianism, they detail the most pervasive effects of animal spirits in contemporary economic life--such as confidence, fear, bad faith, corruption, a concern for fairness, and the stories we tell ourselves about our economic fortunes--and show how Reaganomics, Thatcherism, and the rational expectations revolution failed to account for them. Animal Spirits offers a road map for reversing the financial misfortunes besetting us today. Read it and learn how leaders can channel animal spirits--the powerful forces of human psychology that are afoot in the world economy today. In a new preface, they describe why our economic troubles may linger for some time--unless we are prepared to take further, decisive action.

A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics

What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know

Author: David A. Moss

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1625271964

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 211

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Geared toward executives and managers, a revised guide explains important concepts in macroeconomics using detailed examples from history and helps break down how the economy really works and what impact it has on the business world. 12,500 first printing.