Economics/Business

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A Business School for the Indian Poor

In an age when business schools have become synonymous with stratospheric tuition fees and blue-chip faculties, the Mann Deshi Udyogini, or Udyogini Business School, which opened in January 200...
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How Hong Kong Really Works

To give an idea of how Hong Kong’s power structure works, and the interlocking relationship between its power brokers, government agencies and oligarchs, we group together a series of storie...
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Bailout Alert in Malaysia

The national car project that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad nurtured against the advice of most of his advisers, all of his critics and common sense appears finally to be nears its demis...
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China’s Blurry Line Between Fake and Real

Here in Wong Tinghua’s bustling counterfeit watch factory in Shenzhen, the niceties of copyright are not an issue. Wong, 35, used to manufacture legitimate time pieces in the northeast Chinese city of D...
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The Asian Development Bank Faces Radical Change

  As the World Bank knows to its current woe, it can be a disadvantage to be headquartered a few blocks from the White House, and to have a controversial American like Paul Wolf...
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Hong Kong’s Babes in the Woods

It’s hard not to feel a strange mixture of giddiness and sympathy in relation to Hong Kong's connection to the newest Wall Street trading scandal. The Hong Kong couple accused of making...
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How Not to Kill a Story

Australia's most prominent newspaper's decision to kill a profile of media titan Rupert Murdoch's third wife, Wendi Deng, has kicked off a bidding war between book and magazine publishers a...
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China’s Baby Steps Bubble

Baby steps blow bigger bubbles. The Chinese leadership is caught by its own indecision. What it thought was caution is turning out to be complaisance. Fear of the consequences will be not far behind. For too...
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Consolidation Threat to Venerable Hong Kong Newspaper

Tiong Hiew King, previously best known as a Malaysian timber tycoon, is planning to create “one of the largest global Chinese language media platforms” through a complex merger between listed c...
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Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette

Photo by Jeff Murphy In April, Guangzhou and Jiangmen in Guangdong province became two of 20 cities across China to try a bold experiment: a total ban on smoking in public places, inclu...