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Asia’s Internet Transformation

The pace of technological innovation and the growth of Internet usage have a disruptive impact on how people around the world think and live. The International Telecommunication Union estimates that there are 2.5 billion Internet users today: 1.6 billion more than in 2004. And most of this growth comes from …

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New Regulations for the Financial Markets

Few people still remember the demand for new regulations for the financial markets, but after a long debate on the subject, some new rules were approved. Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and a long period of severe economic recession, the economy is finally recovering in the UK and in …

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Swiss Franc soars up by 30% in one day

On the 15th of January, the Swiss National Bank abandoned the fixed exchange rate with the euro. The previous exchange ratio was set with a cap of 1.2 Swiss franc for every euro. Suddenly the exchange rate started moving and raised the Swiss franc value by 30% in a few …

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Education USA: Keep Calm and Let Me Study

President Obama recently announced that he will call Congress to pass a legislation to make the first two years of education in Community College free for everyone who meets some academic credentials. Before analyzing the details of Obama’s proposal, it is important to explain what Community Colleges are. In the …

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Interview with HM Uk Ambassador to Italy Cristopher Prentice.

In the frame of the fifth edition of  U.K. – Italy Springboard 2014, an entrepreneurial contest coordinated by UK Trade and Investment in cooperation with Morning Boost, Retrò Online had the pleasure and the honour to interview Christopher Prentice, Her Majesty’s Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Italy. …

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Fighting Global Warming by Reducing Emissions

Two important meetings were held last week that could significantly affect the design of future public policies against global warming and carbon dioxide emissions. At the APEC (Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting, Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced that an agreement has been reached between USA and China upon future reductions …

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Raising wages: how much?

The public debate around labour market institutions in the US is currently focused on the minimum wage. President Barack Obama has repeatedly proposed a raise in the minimum wage (now at $7.25/hour) at federal level from the beginning of his second term, but no wide consensus has been reached upon …

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USA & EU Free Trade Agreement

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP for short) is a free trade agreement proposal that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. While there are few actual restrictions currently hampering trade between the two entities, proponents of the agreement claim that further loosening of …

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Modern Slavery: Behind the Barcode

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 states that “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”. Half a century has passed since this principle was set black on white; nevertheless, the fight against slavery is …

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Who is Jean Tirole?

Earlier this month, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for 2014 to Jean Tirole of Toulouse University “for his analysis of market power and regulation”. If you have never heard of Jean Tirole, start by staying on topic and honor the scientific method: …