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Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

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Interesting new economics books are coming out now, some of which are accessible enough to be of interest to some students as well as teachers. If you would like to review either of these books, please contact the editor right away.

Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, by Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel

Meet the economic gangster. He's the United Nations diplomat who double-parks his Mercedes on New York City streets at rush hour because the cops can't touch him - he has diplomatic immunity. He's the Chinese smuggler who dodges tariffs by magically transforming frozen chickens into frozen turkeys. The dictator, the warlord, the unscrupulous bureaucrat who bilks the developing world of billions in aid. The calculating crook who views stealing and murder as just another part of his business strategy. And, in the wrong set of circumstances, he might just be you. Fisman and Miguel use economics to get inside the heads of these "gangsters", and propose solutions that can make a difference to the world's poor -including cash infusions to defuse violence in times of drought, and steering the World Bank away from aid programmes most susceptible to corruption. …

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