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  • Options for Serial Entrepreneurs

    Business startups are one of the most important parts of the world economy. Accordingly, most entrepreneurs state their ultimate goals as owning their own business. But the reality is running a business is complex, risky, exhausting, and does not necessarily HAVE to be the immediate end-goal for every actionable idea you seek to monetize. There are other […] More

  • How Fair is Fair Trade?

    This is a guest post by Louisa Leontiades. When I look at recent reports on Fairtrade and Cadbury, I see that both Fairtrade and Cadbury are doing well out of their alliance. In 2009, when Cadbury Dairy Milk  went fair trade and started boasting the green and blue swirls, it was hailed as a major turning point for […] More

  • Economics of an energy efficient home

    Behold the IKAROS house. Built in Germany by the University of Applied Sciences (Rosenheim), this house aims to be completely self-sustainable. The build uses a wealth of green technology like natural ventilation, solar panels and vacuum insulation panels, as well as efficient mechanical systems. “Yeah, yeah,” I hear all you inspired economists saying. “But what’s […] More

  • Why the Jewelry Supply Chain is Becoming More Transparent

    A guest post by Gregory Krauss of Brilliant Earth, a brand The Inspired Economist loves. Brilliant Earth is  a purveyor of socially responsible, conflict free jewelry With today being Valentine’s Day, one of the most popular days of the year for marriage proposals, Inspired Economist asked us to take a closer look at how socially-conscious […] More

  • The Most Environmentally Conscious Fortune 500 Companies

    Unfortunately, protecting the environment often falls way down the list when companies are out to make money. This trend is beginning to change however as stricter government regulations try to cut down on pollution, and public relations try to match the growing concern for “going green.” Many of the leading companies are striving to become […] More

  • Wind and Solar could be the backbone of the Egyptian Economy

    There are so many buzz words associated with the subject of climate change – eco-friendly, sustainable policies, global warming, CO2 emissions, green this and green that – the list goes on and on. Makes it hard sometimes to see the wood from the slash-and-burned trees in our ever-shrinking forests. Egypt is a country liable to […] More

  • The UK’s Green Initiative

    Despite the UK rising out of the recession, the ongoing austerity measures and lack of growth in the economy means that many households across the country are still feeling the pain. And with darker nights now arriving and winter in full swing, concerns are inevitably rising about how to pay for the increased heating and […] More

  • Old Age Pensioners (OAP) carry on working to pay off debts

    New figures have revealed that a deluge of older workers are swamping the market, snapping up jobs such as cleaning, property development and taxi driving, in a bid to make their pensionable years a bit easier financially. The Office for National Statistics data shows that the number of workers who are older than state pension […] More

  • Thriving in an Austere Market – How Forex Traders Can Gain a Critical Advantage

    While the threat of recession and economic stagnation remains Omni-present across almost every nation, it is unusual for so many countries to experience such turbulence simultaneously. The current, global economic climate therefore provides something of an anomaly, as a number of regions continue to grapple with large scale debt and rising unemployment. This can make […] More

  • Eco-manufacturing: how to make more things with less energy

    Sustainable manufacturing has gained significant importance in the last few years. Due to the advances that have taken place in the last few decades, it is now easier for industries to shift the manufacturing process towards green machinery. Industrial units can be modified into sustainable models that are less damaging to the environment. An example […] More

  • Five reasons why slower growth isn’t necessarily bad

    Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how America is on a slow slide to oblivion given our lowest-in-history birthrate and U.S. Census projections showing slower population growth. While it’s true that fewer babies were born last year than in previous years (due to the recession, most likely), our total fertility rate – […] More

  • Environmental Economics At Work in the Home

    Environmental Economics has been practiced ever since the dawn of mankind but it wasn’t always called that. The principle that being more efficient and less wasteful brings benefits to human beings and the environment alike, has been demonstrated since the times when the first hunter-gatherers would use every part of the plant or animals they […] More

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