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Acts of God and Man

Acts of God and Man Author Michael Powers
ISBN-10 9780231153676
Release 2014-01-01
Pages 304
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Much has been written about the ups and downs of financial markets, from the lure of prosperity to the despair of crises. Yet a more fundamental and pernicious source of uncertainty exists in today's world: the traditional “insurance” risks of earthquakes, storms, terrorist attacks, and other disasters. Insightfully exploring these "acts of God and man," Michael R. Powers guides readers through the methods available for identifying and measuring such risks, financing their consequences, and forecasting their future behavior within the limits of science. A distinctive characteristic of earthquakes, hurricanes, bombings, and other insurance risks is that they impact the values of stocks, bonds, commodities, and other market-based financial products, while remaining largely unaffected by or “aloof” from the behavior of markets. Quantifying such risks given limited data is difficult yet crucial for achieving the financing objectives of insurance. Powers begins with a discussion of how risk impacts our lives, health, and possessions and proceeds to introduce the statistical techniques necessary for analyzing these uncertainties. He then considers the experience of risk from the perspectives of both policyholders and insurance companies, and compares their respective responses. The risks inherent in the private insurance industry lead naturally to a discussion of the government's role as both market regulator and potential "insurer of last resort." Following a thoughtful and balanced analysis of these issues, Powers concludes with an interdisciplinary investigation into the nature of uncertainty, incorporating ideas from physics, philosophy, and game theory to assess science's limitations in predicting the ramifications of risk.



Contemporary Financial Intermediation

Contemporary Financial Intermediation Author Stuart I. Greenbaum
ISBN-10 9780124059283
Release 2015-09-02
Pages 490
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In Contemporary Financial Intermediation, Third Edition, Greenbaum, Thakor and Boot offer a distinctive approach to financial markets and institutions, presenting an integrated portrait that puts information at the core. Instead of simply naming and describing markets, regulations, and institutions as competing books do, the authors explore the endless subtlety and plasticity of financial institutions and credit markets. This edition has six new chapters and increased, enhanced pedagogical supplements. The book is ideal for anyone working in the financial sector, presenting professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the reasons why markets, institutions, and regulators act as they do. Readers will find an unmatched, thorough discussion of the world's financial markets and how they function. Provides a distinctive and thought-provoking approach to the world's financial markets Explores the endless subtleties and plasticity of financial institutions and credit markets Newly revised, with six new chapters and increased pedagogical supplements Presents anyone working in the financial markets and sector with a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of world markets



Ravioli Rules

Ravioli Rules Author Alfred Manganiello
ISBN-10 0988753200
Release 2013-02-28
Pages 126
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If you ever thought there was a parallel between food and management, you are right. The making of the Ravioli and its presentation is filled with management theories and practices. All types of leaders and managers can learn about effective management from Ravioli Rules. This book takes a new twist on management principles using the Ravioli making business as the teacher. In this whimsical and witty parable, Alfredo and Mario, now grandfathers, tell their two grandaughters, Abigail and Theresa, a story of their first Ravioli experience. For Alfredo and Mario it is deja vu. They are watching as their two little grandaughters are experiencing a Ravioli event almost identical to an event they had when they were the same age. For Alfredo and Mario, this event early in their lives catapulted them into a life altering and learning experience. Alfredo and Mario decide to share, with their grandaughters, the lessons learned from their experience. In this lifetime journey, Alfredo and Mario tell Abigail and Theresa a story of when and how the Ravioli first came into their lives. How the first denial of the Ravioli leads them to create a strategy to make sure they were not denied the Ravioli again. How the negative experience leads to their life altering decision to make their own Ravioli. As they journey through the discovery of the Ravioli, they even have to overcome obstacles from relatives who would not share the Ravioli recipe with them. When they finally make their first Ravioli they begin a period of reflection and action that leads to learning and sharing, culminating in their greatest lesson - a lifetime of Ravioli making experience. From a humble beginning, they made family sized Ravioli dishes evolving into a small catering business and eventually into a full production Ravioli operation. As a result of this Ravioli making experience, Alfredo and Mario have created a series of lessons called Ravioli Rules, which they are sharing with their grandaughters over their lifetime. Through their experiences they have created simple, entertaining and clear explanations on how to make Ravioli and manage the Ravioli makers. The two grandaughters, when they are mature, thank their grandfathers with the greatest Ravioli gift ever. You will never look at management and making Ravioli the same way ever again! Buon Appetito!



The Economics and Politics of Choice No Fault Insurance

The Economics and Politics of Choice No Fault Insurance Author Edward L. Jr. Lascher
ISBN-10 0792374673
Release 2001-08-31
Pages 344
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In recent years, choice no-fault has emerged as a popular but controversial proposal for addressing the problem of high automobile insurance rates. Choice plans offer consumers the option of a lower-cost insurance policy with restrictions on filing lawsuits or a higher-cost policy with full tort rights. Some American states have implemented choice programs, and major federal choice legislation is now pending in the United States Congress. Choice no-fault has caught the attention of policy makers, the insurance industry, and academics. Until now, however, no single book has pulled together the available research on the topic. The Economics and Politics of Choice No-Fault Insurance fills that gap. Edited by scholars from different disciplines, each of whom has written extensively on automobile insurance issues, the book includes some of the best work in the area. Former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis wrote the foreword. Contributors include University of Virginia Law Professor Jeffrey O'Connell, widely considered the `father of no-fault,' as well as authors of the influential RAND study of the potential effects of choice no-fault on insurance rates. The book chapters, most of which were written especially for this volume, cover topics ranging from the impact of choice no-fault on accidents and driving behavior, to the effects of choice on medical care usage, to alternative approaches for resolving accidents involving both `no-fault' and `tort' electors, to the political feasibility of choice legislative proposals. Emphasis on the potential advantages of choice no-fault is balanced by consideration of possible ill effects.



Beyond the Metropolis

Beyond the Metropolis Author Louise Young
ISBN-10 9780520275201
Release 2013-04-15
Pages 307
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In Beyond the Metropolis, Louise Young looks at the emergence of urbanism in the interwar period, a global moment when the material and ideological structures that constitute “the city” took their characteristic modern shape. In Japan, as elsewhere, cities became the staging ground for wide ranging social, cultural, economic, and political transformations. The rise of social problems, the formation of a consumer marketplace, the proliferation of streetcars and streetcar suburbs, and the cascade of investments in urban development reinvented the city as both socio-spatial form and set of ideas. Young tells this story through the optic of the provincial city, examining four second-tier cities: Sapporo, Kanazawa, Niigata, and Okayama. As prefectural capitals, these cities constituted centers of their respective regions. All four grew at an enormous rate in the interwar decades, much as the metropolitan giants did. In spite of their commonalities, local conditions meant that policies of national development and the vagaries of the business cycle affected individual cities in diverse ways. As their differences reveal, there is no single master narrative of twentieth century modernization. By engaging urban culture beyond the metropolis, this study shows that Japanese modernity was not made in Tokyo and exported to the provinces, but rather co-constituted through the circulation and exchange of people and ideas throughout the country and beyond.



Moral Mazes

Moral Mazes Author Robert Jackall
ISBN-10 9780199729883
Release 2010
Pages 294
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This classic study of ethics in business presents an eye-opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness. Robert Jackall takes the reader inside a topsy-turvy world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, but sharp talk, self-promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might. What sort of everyday rules-in-use do people play by when there are no fixed standards to explain why some succeed and others fail? In the words of one corporate manager, those rules boil down to this maxim: "What is right in the corporation is what the guy above you wants from you. That's what morality is in the corporation." This brilliant, disturbing, funny look at the ethos of the corporate world presents compelling real life stories of the men and women charged with running the businesses of America. This anniversary edition includes an afterword by the author linking the themes of Moral Mazes to the financial tsunami that engulfed the world economy in 2008.



Capitalism 3 0

Capitalism 3 0 Author Peter Barnes
ISBN-10 9781626563933
Release 2006-10-15
Pages 216
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The commons — those creations of nature and society we inherit together and must preserve for our children — is under siege. Our current version of capitalism — the corporate, globalized version 2.0 — is rapidly squandering this heritage. Now, Peter Barnes offers a solution: protect the commons by giving it property rights and strong institutional managers. Barnes shows how capitalism — like a computer — is run by an operating system. Our current operating system gives too much power to profit-maximizing corporations that devour the commons and distribute most of their profits to a sliver of the population. And government — which in theory should defend the commons — is all too often a tool of those very corporations. Barnes proposes a revised operating system — Capitalism 3.0 — that protects the commons while preserving the many strengths of capitalism as we know it. His major innovation is the commons trust, a market based legal entity with the power to limit the use of scare commons, charge rent, and pay dividends — in both cash and services — to everyone. In Barnes' vision, an array of commons trusts would institutionalize our obligations to future generations, fellow citizens, and nature. Once established, they'd use markets and property rights to create a better world for us all. Capitalism 3.0 offers a practical alternative to our current flawed economic system. It points the way to a future in which we can retain capitalism's virtues while mitigating its vices.



Sacred Economics

Sacred Economics Author Charles Eisenstein
ISBN-10 9781583943984
Release 2011-07-12
Pages 496
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Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being. This book is about how the money system will have to change—and is already changing—to embody this transition. A broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local currencies, resource-based economics, gift economies, and the restoration of the commons. Author Charles Eisenstein also considers the personal dimensions of this transition, speaking to those concerned with "right livelihood" and how to live according to their ideals in a world seemingly ruled by money. Tapping into a rich lineage of conventional and unconventional economic thought, Sacred Economics presents a vision that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as the crises of our civilization deepen. Sacred Economics official website: http://sacred-economics.com/ About the Imprint: EVOLVER EDITIONS promotes a new counterculture that recognizes humanity's visionary potential and takes tangible, pragmatic steps to realize it. EVOLVER EDITIONS explores the dynamics of personal, collective, and global change from a wide range of perspectives. EVOLVER EDITIONS is an imprint of North Atlantic Books and is produced in collaboration with Evolver, LLC. From the Trade Paperback edition.



Miss Cutler and the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Miss Cutler and the Case of the Resurrected Horse Author Mark Peel
ISBN-10 9780226653662
Release 2011-11-15
Pages 344
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Social workers produced thousands of case files about the poor during the interwar years. Analyzing almost two thousand such case files and traveling from Boston, Minneapolis, and Portland to London and Melbourne, Miss Cutler and the Case of the Resurrected Horse is a pioneering comparative study that examines how these stories of poverty were narrated and reshaped by ethnic diversity, economic crisis, and war. Probing the similarities and differences in the ways Americans, Australians, and Britons understood and responded to poverty, Mark Peel draws a picture of social work that is based in the sometimes fraught encounters between the poor and their interpreters. He uses dramatization to bring these encounters to life—joining Miss Cutler and that resurrected horse are Miss Lindstrom and the fried potatoes and Mr. O’Neil and the seductive client—and to give these people a voice. Adding new dimensions to the study of charity and social work, this book is essential to understanding and tackling poverty in the twenty-first century.



The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge Author The Onion
ISBN-10 9780316133234
Release 2012-10-23
Pages 352
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Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published, and the only one you will ever need: The Onion's compendium of all things known. Replete with an astonishing assemblage of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood, and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE is packed with valuable information-such as the life stages of an Aunt; places to kill one's self in Utica, New York; and the dimensions of a female bucket, or "pail." With hundreds of entries for all 27 letters of the alphabet, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE must be purchased immediately to avoid the sting of eternal ignorance.



All in the Mind

All in the Mind Author Adrian Furnham
ISBN-10 9781119161653
Release 2016-09-26
Pages 286
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All in the Mind: Psychology for the Curious, Third Edition covers important, topical, and sometimes controversial subjects in the field of Psychology in an engaging alternative or supplement to traditional student textbooks. The third edition of a successful and uniquely readable textbook – includes more than two thirds brand new material, with all retained material thoroughly revised and updated. All in the Mind, 3rd Edition offers a new and engaging way to consider key theories and approaches in psychology; providing an original alternative or supplement to traditional teaching textbooks.



The Political Economy of Chinese Finance

The Political Economy of Chinese Finance Author J. Jay Choi
ISBN-10 9781785609572
Release 2016-09-02
Pages 424
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Volume 17 of International Finance Review focusses on a variety of issues relating to the political economy of Chinese finance.



Murder and Society

Murder and Society Author Peter Morrall
ISBN-10 9780470030226
Release 2006-10-02
Pages 214
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Human psychological and physical well-being is damaged and destroyed when people are deliberately killed by other people. There are millions of primary and secondary victims of murder throughout the world, and human society as a whole is a tertiary victim of murder. Despite this, people are often fascinated and engrossed by stories of homicide and killers. This book provides a fascinating exploration of murder, providing an insight into what leads people to kill and what effect this has on society as a whole. This book is organized into five chapters that each answer a specific question on murder: What is Murder? Who Commits Murder? Why Commit Murder? Why is Murder Devastating? Why is Murder Fascinating?



Bonnie s Household Budget Book

Bonnie s Household Budget Book Author Bonnie Runyan McCullough
ISBN-10 9780312280314
Release 2001-08-18
Pages 80
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A comprehensive, updated guide to setting up a monthly budget, tracking expenses, and saving money explains how to take control of daily finances, set goals and priorities, balance income and expenses, and budget for utilities, payments, maintenance, and home improvements, Original. 30,000 first printing.



Aviation Mental Health

Aviation Mental Health Author Todd Hubbard
ISBN-10 9781409484912
Release 2012-10-01
Pages 376
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This book provides an authoritative and practical guide to the assessment, management, treatment and care of pilots and other professional groups within aviation; covering a range of relevant topics, for health and human resources practitioners working in the airline industry. Pilot mental health has, hitherto, been regarded as a specialist topic in aviation medicine. Consequently, practitioners and researchers alike have been forced to consult specialist journals or seek out a relevant chapter on this topic in a general textbook to develop or update their understanding of the relevant issues. This book seeks to remedy this situation by gathering together all of the relevant insights into a single authoritative source gathered from the leading specialists in the field. It aims to cover all of the main relevant issues including the assessment, care, management and treatment of mental health problems, as well as the prevention of mental health problems among this occupational group.



The Crisis of Global Capitalism

The Crisis of Global Capitalism Author Adrian Pabst
ISBN-10 9780227680162
Release 2012
Pages 289
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The current economic crisis stems from a deeper crisis of cultural imagination and civilisational ethics: here is the starting point of this collection of essays which draw a new political economy facing the crisis of Western civilization. This book gathers together a range of audacious and provocative readings of Caritas in Veritate, the first papal encyclical that addresses issues immediately relevant for politic, economic, and social theory. These readings embody the kind of fruitful dialogue Pope Benedict XVI wanted to generate with his radical discourse for an alternative political economy.



Keywords in Creative Writing

Keywords in Creative Writing Author Wendy Bishop
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106018587920
Release 2006-01-15
Pages 235
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Wendy Bishop and David Starkey have created a remarkable resource volume for creative writing students and other writers just getting started. In two- to ten-page discussions, these authors introduce forty-one central concepts in the fields of creative writing and writing instruction, with discussions that are accessible yet grounded in scholarship and years of experience. Keywords in Creative Writing provides a brief but comprehensive introduction to the field of creative writing through its landmark terms, exploring concerns as abstract as postmodernism and identity politics alongside very practical interests of beginning writers, like contests, agents, and royalties. This approach makes the book ideal for the college classroom as well as the writer’s bookshelf, and unique in the field, combining the pragmatic accessibility of popular writer’s handbooks, with a wider, more scholarly vision of theory and research.