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Ponzi schemes: do the victims have only themselves to blame? by Mervyn Lewis

January 28, 2016

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A Ponzi scheme is one of the simplest of financial frauds. The promoter promises investors an attractive return on investment and declares it to be secure, but in reality no real ‘investment’ takes place. Mervyn Lewis goes on to discuss.

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Dealing with transport infrastructure backlogs by John Stanley

June 24, 2014

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Many countries around the world are currently facing a transport infrastructure backlog of substantial proportions – it is rare to find a city, for example, that does not find itself in this situation, for roads, public transport or both. Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are a common response for roads, with tolling opportunities to remove or reduce the impact on a government’s balance sheet. However, PPP opportunities usually entail some loss of network control and are limited in potential scope.

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The Financial Crisis and White Collar Crime – The Perfect Storm? by Nicholas Ryder

June 5, 2014

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Since the start of the 2007 financial crisis, an enormous amount of literature has been written attempting to identify the factors that contributed to it.  This has resulted in the publication of numerous excellent texts and articles by experts in economics, finance, banking regulation, law and other subject areas.  Many of these works have highlighted the crucial role of ineffective means of banking regulation, the deregulation of consumer credit laws, high risk banking, greed, the sub-prime mortgage crisis, securitisation, deregulation of banking laws, convenient credit, irresponsible or predatory lending and weak macroeconomic policies.  However, the research presented in my new book seeks to offer a different interpretation and concludes that that there is one previously under-researched contributory factor: white collar crime. 

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States, Banks and Crisis – by Thomas Marois

July 31, 2012

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In the last century the states of Mexico and Turkey promoted robust economic growth guided by powerful public banking organizations. Yet since the 1980s through the privatizing of economic activity economic development has been halted. Here Thomas Marois discusses the theory and history of Mexico and Turkey offering an excellent analysis of their neoliberal experiences while proposing new alternatives to reshape the linkages between the financial sector and economic growth.

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