Tag Archives: Business

More than a Middle Class

A billion people in China are NOT in the middle class. Typically we hear about the roughly 300 million people that make up China’s middle class. This figure makes marketers drool, and is the cause for much self-congratulation by the … Continue reading

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STOP SAYING THAT! “Increased regulation hinders economic growth.”

At best this is a half-truth. For example, consider a new regulation on industrial air pollution. This would certainly add a financial burden to industries that produce air pollution, e.g., factories, refineries, etc. But, these represent only a fraction of … Continue reading

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In Defense of Cash

Will getting rid of cash have benefits for society? This is a question that economists and public policy experts have been debating more and more. In fact, India (among other countries) has begun to eliminate all large denomination bills. The … Continue reading

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Project Proposal

Project Title: The decision-making of social entrepreneurs in China’s urban villages (PDF Version) Overview: I am seeking funds to complete field research for my doctoral dissertation. I am studying how Chinese citizens are working to solve the many problems faced … Continue reading

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Market Value and Dirty Underwear

After the first week of my preliminary doctoral research in Shenzhen, I took two bags of dirty clothes to the laundromat across the street. It was about five days worth of clothing for my wife, daughter (3) and I. The … Continue reading

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Getting Guānxi

“Those who exchange presents with one another Remain friends the longest.” ~From the Hávamál(Mauss 1990[1950]:1) The exchange of gifts or money for favors is commonplace in China. Both the national government (the CCP) and foreign observers tend to gloss this … Continue reading

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