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Explainer: neuroeconomics, where science and economics meet

Explainer: neuroeconomics, where science and economics meet | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
Whether choosing a dinner, a car, a spouse or an investment, experts now know what part of the brain our likes and dislikes are encoded, how we represent alternatives, and even how we choose. This has…
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New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.
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The state of the climate — and what we might do about it

The state of the climate — and what we might do about it | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
How can we begin to address the global, insidious problem of climate change — a problem that’s too big for any one country to solve? Economist Nicholas Stern lays out a plan, presented to the UN’s Climate Summit in 2014, showing how the world’s countries can work together on climate. It’s a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?
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Alan Alda, Spokesman for Science

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An actor with a love of science seeks to apply techniques of drama to help scientists be better communicators.
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The G8 and the fight for the future of African farming - interactive

The G8 and the fight for the future of African farming - interactive | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
Under the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, African governments have said they will make their countries more attractive to private investors. Explore the promises that have been made and where
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Digital social innovation: ground-up policy making | Nesta

Digital social innovation: ground-up policy making | Nesta | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
Yesterday, at a jam-packed meeting room in the heart of the European Commission in Brussels, we convened the world’s first policy workshop for digital social innovation with a mix of 70 European DSI policy makers, academics, experts and practitioners.
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How to use experts -- and when not to

How to use experts -- and when not to | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
We make important decisions every day -- and we often rely on experts to help us decide. But, says economist Noreena Hertz, relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise -- to listen not only to "surgeons and CEOs, but also to shop staff."
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Addicted to risk

Addicted to risk | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?
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Does democracy stifle economic growth?

Does democracy stifle economic growth? | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
Economist Yasheng Huang compares China to India, and asks how China's authoritarian rule contributed to its astonishing economic growth -- leading to a big question: Is democracy actually holding India back? Huang's answer may surprise you.
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Sustainability | Free Full-Text | The Importance of Regulation-Induced Innovation for Sustainable Development

Sustainability | Free Full-Text | The Importance of Regulation-Induced Innovation for Sustainable Development | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
This article explores the complex relationship between environmental regulation, innovation, and sustainable development within the context of an increasingly globalizing economy. The economic development, environment, and employment aspects of sustainable development are emphasized. We contend that the most crucial problem in achieving sustainability is lock-in or path dependency due to (1) the failure to envision, design, and implement policies that achieve co-optimization, or the mutually reinforcing, of social goals, and (2) entrenched economic and political interests that gain from the present system and advancement of its current trends. The article argues that industrial policy, environmental law and policy, and trade initiatives must be ‘opened up’ by expanding the practice of multi-purpose policy design, and that these policies must be integrated as well. Sustainable development requires stimulating revolutionary technological innovation through environmental, health, safety, economic, and labor market regulation. Greater support for these changes must also be reinforced by ‘opening up the participatory and political space’ to enable new voices to contribute to integrated thinking and solutions.
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IP Rights Impact Practice Of Science, Global Justice, Author Says | Intellectual Property Watch

IP Rights Impact Practice Of Science, Global Justice, Author Says | Intellectual Property Watch | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it
Intellectual property has a strong effect on the practice of science, leading to a shift in research attention for the benefit of the rich, while impeding access to essential goods for the disadvantaged, according to a recent book.
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Guardian development network | Global development | The Guardian

Guardian development network | Global development | The Guardian | UCL-STEaPP | Scoop.it

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