Dissatisfaction with modern economic education over the years has been deafeningly ripening at universities around the world. Finally, this discontent broke out. The media reported on an unprecedented event: at the University of Harvard (USA), the world citadel of training economists, financiers and managers, a strike of several hundred students was held in late November 2011 in the form of demonstrative withdrawal from the lecture. The lecture was delivered by Professor Gregory Mankyu as part of the Economics 10 course. The purpose of the strike is to protest against the bias of the course, its isolation from real life, the inability to form a critical and at the same time constructive attitude of the student towards economic realities. Continue reading
Economic crimes are part of mercenary crime directly related to economic relations in the country and in the world. Understanding of this group of acts is even more uncertain than self-serving crime itself. Nevertheless, these crimes are considered in many countries as a relatively independent group. And there are many reasons for this – economic, social, criminological and even political.
The criminological significance and volumes of economic crime do not coincide in countries with command and market economies, but in any society it cannot be ignored. Continue reading
How impact investments, venture philanthropy and flexible capital change the world, says Elena Boytsun, Investment Director, Central and Eastern Europe, Omidyar Group.
Four years ago, I had a unique opportunity to become an impact investor, starting work in one of the most famous world companies in this field. The Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment company of Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, had already invested more than $ 1 billion in various projects, companies and non-profit organizations around the world.
My task was to structure the activities, business models and portfolios in Central and Eastern Europe for the fund. Having plunged deeply into this sphere, I understand more and more that the region’s financial system needs transformation of the post-Soviet countries financial system towards flexible capital, and impact investments and venture philanthropy are the most logical tools for this. Continue reading