IWF RESPONDS TO OSCARS SPEECH ABOUT GENDER WAGE GAP

February 25, 2015

Every year at the Oscars telecast, a few Academy Award winners inevitably use their acceptance speeches as a platform for their own pet political causes. During Sunday’s broadcast, Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette spent a few moments calling for “wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” That moment inspired a response from Atlas Network partner Independent Women’s Forum (IWF).

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BITCOIN: UNDERSTANDING DECENTRALIZED DIGITAL CURRENCY

February 25, 2015

Everybody’s talking about bitcoin. That shouldn’t be too surprising, because bitcoin is catching on with the public as a versatile new form of currency — and who’s not interested in talking about money? Although the market value of bitcoin fluctuates like any commodity, demand shows no signs of vanishing. Unfortunately, much of the recent bitcoin conversation focuses on its potential for illegal activity, especially after the conviction on several criminal charges of the founder of Silk Road, an anonymous Internet market that allowed users to use bitcoin to buy and sell drugs and other contraband. Some are now calling for government regulation of bitcoin’s use.

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KANSAS SPENDS MORE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION WHILE GETTING LESS

February 25, 2015

Kansas is spending billions on public education, yet student assessment scores remain static. It’s a familiar story in public school systems across the country, and Atlas Network partner Kansas Policy Institute (KPI) breaks down the details of education spending, taxpayer aid, and student achievement data for its state in the 2015 edition of its annual pocket-sized K–12 Public Education Factbook. It serves as an easy-access reference book for policymakers and the public.

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CHINESE CONSTRUCTION BOOM WASTES RESOURCES ON MASSIVE SCALE

February 25, 2015 | by Daniil Gorbatenko

China has made enormous economic progress in the years following the death of Mao Zedong. The liberalization of the economy has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of conditions of abject misery, in which most earned little more than the equivalent of a cup of rice per day. It also brought less expensive goods and services and a productive workforce to perhaps billions of people all over the world. However, this spectacular market success has overshadowed the vast inefficiency and repression caused by China’s government as it indulges in wasteful central planning and seeks to maintain tight political control.

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EFFECTIVE PRODUCTION IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN REQUIRES GOOD TRADE POLICY

February 25, 2015

In today’s global economy, goods and services often represent only one link in a larger chain — factors of production in a worldwide process of creating final goods. This “global value chain” (GVC) requires a new perspective in analyzing the costs and benefits of trade policy.

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LEARNING FROM SWITZERLAND’S DECENTRALIZED MODEL

February 25, 2015

For countries with a dominant central government, public officials may have trouble imagining competition between local and regional jurisdictions. In a new article from a series by Atlas Network partner Avenir Suisse, Oliver Hartwich — a former London resident and current executive director of New Zealand–based Atlas Network partner The New Zealand Initiative — writes about his experience with the decentralized and small-scale Swiss political system, drawing lessons for the deeply centralized New Zealand.

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SERBIAN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM PROPOSAL WINS ATLAS NETWORK STUDENT GRANT COMPETITION

February 23, 2015

During the International Students for Liberty Conference held Feb. 13–15 in Washington, D.C., Atlas Network hosted a competition to advance the battle of ideas for freedom on international campuses and among international student groups. Out of the 12 people who competed, Ratko Nikolic from Serbia won for his proposal to develop a semester-long investigative journalism program.

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