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Does Black Friday Really Benefit You?

The last Friday of November was not a normal Friday – it was Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year! Originated in the U.S., its name is derived from a dated method of recording business accounts. Profits were recorded in black ink, thus many business owners considered Black Friday as a

Incentives in Financial Markets

An Anthropological and Political Perspective on the Financial Crisis   

As the majority of economists were (and most of them still are) working on a model in which markets ensure superior outcomes if left to themselves, they could not foresee the financial crisis. All the deregulation that happened since the early 80s, the supposed rational behavior of market participants, the technological capacity for calculating risks


A Poverty Trap

It is the year 1879. Tensions are rising in South America. On February 14, troops of the Chilean army occupy the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta, thereby commencing what would later be known as the War of the Pacific. The Bolivian-Peruvian alliance would then suffer a clear defeat against Chile, resulting in painful loss of