The EU´s New Deal to boost investments in Europe

“Today Europe is turning a page. After years of fighting to restore our fiscal credibility and to promote reform, today we are adding the third point of a virtuous triangle: An ambitious, yet realistic ‘Investment Plan for Europe’. Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is supplying the jump cables.” – Jean-Claude Juncker in… Continue reading The EU´s New Deal to boost investments in Europe

Gender Imbalance in the Entrepreneurship World

The Wall Street Journal presented statistics this week about the gender imbalance among entrepreneurs. As it is Wall Street Journal reporting, “the world” in this case means the US economy, but the numbers are anyway interesting to take a look at. For all the progress women have made in launching startup companies and driving the… Continue reading Gender Imbalance in the Entrepreneurship World

When the American Economy Grows

Last week, The Economist published a brief video about how the American Economy grows faster when there are Democrat Presidents in the White House. It is based on the 2013 paper Presidents and the Economy by Alan S. Blinder and Mark W. Watson at the University of Princeton. The lucky left

Weirdest Hotel Requests And Complaints

Even though good customer service is one of the main conditions for success in any business, it is particularly important in the hotel industry where guests are looking to staff to help them make their stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. And staff in hotels all over the world really does go out of… Continue reading Weirdest Hotel Requests And Complaints

What makes the US economy more resilient than Europe’s?

The global financial crisis that erupted in full force in 2008 affected both Europe and the United States in a very similar way. At least in the beginning. On both sides of the Atlantic, economic performance fell drastically in 2009 and started to recover in 2010. But, as the financial crisis mutated into the euro… Continue reading What makes the US economy more resilient than Europe’s?

Hyperloop – A transport revolution?

Over the past few days I’ve been reading with great interest about a new hypothetical type of high speed ground transportation.  Dubbed the ‘Hyperloop’, this near supersonic system of pods and tubes could one day see passengers, freight and even cars being transported the 610km between Los Angeles and San Francisco in an astonishing 30… Continue reading Hyperloop – A transport revolution?

Update on development aid to Africa

Not so long ago, most official aid to poor countries was provided by rich Western governments that carefully report what they give and to whom. However recent years have seen a rapid increase in aid from non-Western sources that do not always prioritise transparency. A new report from the Centre for Global Development (CGD) attempts… Continue reading Update on development aid to Africa

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

We live in a world with 196 nations and even though we live in peaceful times, they all compete for investors, talents and visitors. Nations have always competed with each other, just as companies compete for business and individuals compete for the most interesting jobs. Within these nations, the global competition of places is estimated… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

Talent Attraction in Practice

Foreign travellers avoids the United States Yesterday, 21/3, there was an article in USA Today stating that overseas travelers to United States say they will avoid returning because of long wait times and inefficient entry procedures at gateway airports, and they will recommend others that they too stay away. The article was based on a… Continue reading Talent Attraction in Practice

Emerging Economies in 2013

Which countries will be the economic success stories of 2013? William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, and Dambisa Moyo, author of “Dead Aid – Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa” and “Winner Take All –China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the… Continue reading Emerging Economies in 2013