Why Covid-19 Exacerbates Inequalities and What to do About It

My latest contribution on Covid19 and inequalities. The main ideas are : Covid-19 exacerbates inequalities and pre-existing socioeconomic disparities, thereby threatening the stability of many countriesInequalities’ transmission factors include education, job exposure to infections, job availability, housing, transportation and safety netsSupporting the income of disadvantaged households and boosting job supply should be the priority. Impact … Continue reading Why Covid-19 Exacerbates Inequalities and What to do About It

Book review : Reimagining capitalism in a world on fire by Rebecca Henderson

In a nutshell In this book published on April 14, 2020, Rebecca Henderson, a business economist at Harvard University, defends free markets and argues that the issue is not free markets but rather “Unchecked “ and “uncontrolled free markets”. The author believes that markets can save the world provided the right public policies are in … Continue reading Book review : Reimagining capitalism in a world on fire by Rebecca Henderson

Book review : The Ages of Globalization by Jeffrey D. Sachs

In a nutshell What a good timing to read a book on globalization! Indeed, Covid19 crisis has strongly challenged the relevance of globalization and has raised the following questions: Is globalization over?Is open trade too dangerous?Should we revert to closed borders and national self-sufficiency? “The Ages of Globalization” by Jeffrey D. Sachs, published in the … Continue reading Book review : The Ages of Globalization by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Transitioning to a decarbonized world: A guide for banks

COVID-19 has had damaging economic, sanitary and social consequence on all countries. The death toll exceeded 670,000 globally and, according to the World Bank, current projections suggest that global recession will be the deepest since the end of World War II. Consequently, progress that was made in many SDGs over the last years is now … Continue reading Transitioning to a decarbonized world: A guide for banks

Book review : “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

When I decided to read Anand Giridharadas’s book “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” I was looking for answers to my questions on changing the world through business. I finally ended up with even more questions! I read the book a second time, the list of questions kept getting longer, and … Continue reading Book review : “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

Book review: Humankind a Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

After the success of his first bestseller Utopia for Realists, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman has just published his second book “Humankind: a hopeful history”. The main idea in a nutshell The book's main thesis goes as follows: “Most people, deep down, are pretty decent” and if we want the best from people, we need to … Continue reading Book review: Humankind a Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Book review : Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Utopia for Realists is a book by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman. Originally written as a series of articles in Dutch, the book has been published in several languages. The book starts with highlighting the benefits of free trade and globalization in terms of economic prosperity and social progress in the last 200 years: life expectancies, … Continue reading Book review : Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Waqf and Zakat: Missing opportunities in Maghreb countries

Despite the region’s economic potential, Maghreb countries have been struggling during the last decades with socio-economic issues including poverty, unemployment and raising inequalities. It seems clear that achieving sustainable goals with a “business as usual scenario” is very unlikely especially that COVID-19 pandemic worsened economic indicators and limited governments’ leeway for   economic recovery plans. Hence, … Continue reading Waqf and Zakat: Missing opportunities in Maghreb countries

Capital & Ideology (Thomas Picketty) : Book review

About the book : French economist Thomas Piketty published Capital and Ideology in French (September 2019) and then in English (March 2020). The book is somewhat an updated and enriched version of Picketty’s great success, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which focused on wealth and income inequality only in Europe and the United States. After … Continue reading Capital & Ideology (Thomas Picketty) : Book review

Good Economics for Hard Times : Book review

The book was first published in November 12, 2019. The authors, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 2019 (Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel). In the book, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo address controversial topics such as immigration, trade, economic growth, technological disruption, universal basic and … Continue reading Good Economics for Hard Times : Book review