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  • Economic and Business Forecasting: Analyzing and Interpreting Econometric Results

  • Economic and Business Forecasting: Analyzing and Interpreting Econometric Results
    Discover the secrets to applying simple econometric techniques to improve forecastingEquipping analysts, practitioners, and graduate students with a statistical framework to make effective decisions based on the application of simple economic and statistical methods, "Economic and Business Forecasting" offers a comprehensive and practical approach to quantifying and accurate forecasting of key variables. Using simple econometric techniques, author John E. Silvia focuses on a select set of major economic and financial variables, revealing how to optimally use statistical software as a template to apply to your own variables of interest. Presents the economic and financial variables that offer unique insights into economic performanceHighlights the econometric techniques that can be used to characterize variablesExplores the application of SAS software, complete with simple explanations of SAS-code and outputIdentifies key econometric issues with practical solutions to those problemsPresenting the "ten commandments" for economic and business forecasting, this book provides you with a practical forecasting framework you can use for important everyday business applications.
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  • Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System

  • Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System
    In a timely, even prophetic, portrait of Asia's rise and the magnitude of its challenge to the West, Fallows demolishes the myth that Japan is a capitalist country built on the Western model. He demonstrates instead how Japan's economic system treats business as an instrument of national interest while casting aside the traditional Western values of individual enterprise and human rights.
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  • Institutional Investor Activism: Hedge Funds and Private Equity, Economics and Regulation

  • Institutional Investor Activism: Hedge Funds and Private Equity, Economics and Regulation
    The past two decades has witnessed unprecedented changes in the corporate governance landscape in Europe, the US and Asia. Across many countries, activist investors have pursued engagements with management of target companies. More recently, the role of the hostile activist shareholder has been taken up by a set of hedge funds. Hedge fund activism is characterized by mergers and corporate restructuring, replacement of management and board members, proxy voting, and lobbying of management. These investors target and research companies, take large positions in their stock, criticize their business plans and governance practices, and confront their managers, demanding action enhancing shareholder value. This book analyses the impact of activists on the companies that they invest, the effects on shareholders and on activists funds themselves. Chapters examine such topic as investors' strategic approaches, the financial returns they produce, and the regulatory frameworks within which they operate. The chapters also provide historical context, both of activist investment and institutional shareholder passivity. The volume facilitates a comparison between the US and the EU, juxtaposing not only regulatory patterns but investment styles.
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  • Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift

  • Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift
    The world's economic center of gravity has shifted. Permanently. Do you know what it now takes to succeed? The global tilt is nothing less than an irreversible shift of economic power-jobs, wealth, and market opportunities-from a small part of the world to its entirety. It is improving the lives of millions of people around the world, and while it is creating immense opportunities, it is disrupting the world as you know it with dizzying speed. If you're an American or European, any assumptions you may have about national and managerial superiority are obsolete. Businesses in China, Singapore, India, Brazil, Malaysia, and other countries on the move have ready access to the capital and expertise they need to grow. Their leaders have just as much knowledge, talent, and drive as you do. And they are unleashing their entrepreneurial verve to scale up fast and grab once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. These businesses will soon be competing with yours everywhere on the planet, even if you're not aware of them yet. Finding opportunities of your own requires you to consider vastly different perspectives and to see the new global landscape in its entirety and then change the content of your work to pursue them. In "Global Tilt," "New York Times" bestselling author Ram Charan gives business leaders the guidance they need to succeed in a tilted world, including: - Gaining an edge by cutting through the complexity of demographics, different forms of government, and even the global financia
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  • Managing for Results: Economic Tasks and Risk-taking Decisions

  • Managing for Results: Economic Tasks and Risk-taking Decisions
    The effective business, Peter Drucker observes, focuses on opportunities rather than problems. How this focus is achieved in order to make the organization prosper and grow is the subject of this companion to his classic work, The Practice of Management. Managing for Results shows what the executive decision maker must do to move his enterprise forward. Drucker again employs his particular genius for breaking through conventional outlooks and opening up new perspectives for profits and growth.
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  • Home Economics: Vintage Advice and Practical Science for the 21st-Century Household

  • Home Economics: Vintage Advice and Practical Science for the 21st-Century Household
    "Housekeeping is becoming more and more a matter of science, and the laurels are bound to fall to the woman who conducts her household in a business-like way." Let the thrifty sensibility of yesteryear be your guide as you shop for the most economical foods, choose wall colors scientifically, clean with natural products, look your best without breaking the bank, and budget your way to frugal efficiency. In this amazing collection of clever wisdom and practical advice drawn from vintage home-economics textbooks, you'll find everything you need to get back to basics and run a healthy and happy household. "Home Economics "covers all the categories of delightful domesticity: - Health & Hygiene - Cookery & Recipes - Manners & Etiquette - Design & Decoration - Cleaning & Safety - Gardening & Crafts Rediscover the art and science of keeping house-economically
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  • Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the Global Economy Imploded-And How to Fix It

  • Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the Global Economy Imploded-And How to Fix It
    John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States-and in fact the entire planet-spiraling toward disaster. Here, Perkins pulls back the curtain on the real cause of the current global financial meltdown. He shows how we've been hoodwinked by the CEOs who run the corporatocracy-those few corporations that control the vast amounts of capital, land, and resources around the globe-and the politicians they manipulate. These corporate fat cats, Perkins explains, have sold us all on what he calls predatory capitalism, a misguided form of geopolitics and capitalism that encourages a widespread exploitation of the many to benefit a small number of the already very wealthy. Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to this perilous edge. The solution is "not" a "return to normal." But there is a way out. As Perkins makes clear, we can create a healthy economy that will encourage businesses to act responsibly, not only in the interests of their shareholders and corporate partners (and the lobbyists they have in their pockets), but in the interests of their
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  • Mathematics for Economics and Business: An Interactive Introduction

  • Mathematics for Economics and Business: An Interactive Introduction
    This text offers the ideal approach for economics and business students seeking to understand the mathematics relevant to them. Each chapter demonstrates basic mathematical techniques, while also explaining the economic analysis and business context where
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  • The Economy of the Word: Language, History, and Economics

  • The Economy of the Word: Language, History, and Economics
    It was only in the sixteenth century that texts began to refer to the significance of "economic activity" - of sustaining life. This was not because the ordinary business of life was thought unimportant, but because the principles governing economic conduct were thought to be obvious or uncontroversial. The subsequent development of economic writing thus parallels the development of capitalism in Western Europe. From the seventeenth to the twenty-first century there has been a constant shift in content, audience, and form of argument as the literature of economic argument developed. The Economy of the Word proposes that to understand the various forms that economic literature has taken, we need to adopt a more literary approach in economics specifically, to adopt the instruments and techniques of philology. This way we can conceive the history of economic thought to be an on-going work in progress, rather than the story of the emergence of modern economic thinking. This approach demands that we pay attention to the construction of particular texts, showing the work of economic argument in different contexts. In sum, we need to pay attention to the "economy of the word." The Economy of the Word is divided into three parts. The first explains what the term "economy" has meant from Antiquity to Modernity, coupling this conceptual history with an examination of how the idea of national income was turned into a number during the first half of the twentieth century. The second part
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  • Econometric Methods With Applications in Business and Economics

  • Econometric Methods With Applications in Business and Economics
    Applied work in business and economics often require a solid understanding of econometric methods to support decision making. This book provides this, encouraging an active engagement with these methods by means of examples and exercises, so that the student develops a working understanding and hands-on experience with current day econometrics.
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  • The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream

  • The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream
    America's leaders say the economy is strong and getting stronger. But the safety net that once protected us is fast unraveling. With retirement plans in growing jeopardy while health coverage erodes, more and more economic risk is shifting from government and business onto the fragile shoulders of the American family. In The Great Risk Shift, Jacob S. Hacker lays bare this unsettling new economic climate, showing how it has come about, what it is doing to our families, and how we can fight back. Behind this shift, he contends, is the Personal Responsibility Crusade, eagerly embraced by corporate leaders and Republican politicians who speak of a nirvana of economic empowerment, an "ownership society" in which Americans are free to choose. But as Hacker reveals, the result has been quite different: a harsh new world of economic insecurity, in which far too many Americans are free to lose. The book documents how two great pillars of economic security-the family and the workplace-guarantee far less financial stability than they once did. The final leg of economic support-the public and private benefits that workers and families get when economic disaster strikes-has dangerously eroded as political leaders and corporations increasingly cut back protections of our health care, our income security, and our retirement pensions. Blending powerful human stories, big-picture analysis, and compelling ideas for reform, this remarkable volume will hit a nerve, serving as a rallying point i
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  • Seduction By Contract: Law, Economics, and Psychology in Consumer Markets

  • Seduction By Contract: Law, Economics, and Psychology in Consumer Markets
    Consumers routinely enter into long-term contracts with providers of goods and services - from credit cards, mortgages, cell phones, insurance, TV, and internet services to household appliances, theatre and sports events, health clubs, magazine subscriptions, transportation, and more. Across these consumer markets certain design features of contracts are recurrent, and puzzling. Why do sellers design contracts to provide short-term benefits and impose long-term costs? Why are low introductory prices so common? Why are the contracts themselves so complex, with numerous fees and interest rates, tariffs and penalties? Seduction by Contract explains how consumer contracts emerge from the interaction between market forces and consumer psychology. Consumers are short-sighted and optimistic, so sellers compete to offer short-term benefits, while imposing long-term costs. Consumers are imperfectly rational, so sellers hide the true costs of products and services in complex contracts. Consumers are seduced by contracts that increase perceived benefits, without actually providing more benefits, and decrease perceived costs, without actually reducing the costs that consumers ultimately bear. Competition does not help this behavioural market failure. It may even exacerbate it. Sellers, operating in a competitive market, have no choice but to align contract design with the psychology of consumers. A high-road seller who offers what she knows to be the best contract will lose business to t
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