R Muggah, with J Brauer [Copy of a piece in the Huffington Post, posted: 05/05/2013 9:42 am]
Children are at the front line of America’s gun debate. More young citizens are killed and maimed each year by gunfire than all United States soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. Homicide is one of the leading . . . → Read More: Child’s Play: The Business of Guns in America
The 2008/9 world economic crisis, and the ongoing malaise, is often blamed on “business.” But it is political uncertainty and instability that makes business unwilling to invest and to generate jobs. The ultimate responsibility for this lies with voters who need to make decisive and intelligent choices regarding political representation. . . . → Read More: Political risk, uncertainty, and falling business investment
There has been concern in the news media about why 2011 was a year of slow productivity growth in the United States when, in contrast, 2010 showed strong productivity growth. As it turns out, this is a very common pattern in all recessions over the past 50 years. . . . → Read More: Productivity
I was a guest of the SHOT Show 2012, held January 17-20, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual gathering of the shooting, hunting, and outdoors trade, SHOT assembles firearms manufacturers, wholesales, and retailers. This column offers some observations. . . . → Read More: The SHOT Show 2012
One of my favorite economic formulas is Mr. Lerner’s. It also is one close to the heart of business people, namely the condition that describes how much the price of a good or service may be marked up over cost. . . . → Read More: Mr. Lerner’s price-markup formula
With 625,000 employees worldwide, a company called G4S surely ranks among the world’s largest private-sector employers. But who is G4S? . . . → Read More: Private Security Companies
An outfit called the Global Commission on Drug Policy just published a report of its findings and recommendations. From the economist’s point of view, it is a heartening report. . . . → Read More: Global Drug Policy Reconsidered
It has been widely reported that gun sales in the U.S. have surged following the election of President Obama. Even so, gun manufacturing in the U.S. is in trouble. This column shows why this is so. . . . → Read More: Gun Sales and Elections
A look at Fortune magazine’s Global-500 list of the world’s largest corporations. . . . → Read More: Who’d You Rather Be—No. 1 or No. 2?
What do a car manufacturer and rifle maker-Chrysler and Remington-have in common? In 2007, both were acquired by the private-equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management. In fact, Cerberus went on a small-arms acquisition spree. Industry consolidation is under way. . . . → Read More: Cerberus Capital Management, LP: The World’s No. 1 Small-Arms Maker?
With a title like this, surely you will click on the link? The column explains why the health care sector is in urgent need of reform. . . . → Read More: Free Markets Are Like Good Lovers: They Satisfy
Musings on the growth of firms, variety, and cities. . . . → Read More: Economies of Scale, Scope, and Agglomeration