Tuesday 23 February 2010

LSE in print

Financial Times (Companies and Markets), 23-Feb-2010, page 25
Spanish banks face tougher rules
The Bank of Spain is expected to increase the provisions it demands of Spanish lenders to cover property bought from struggling real estate developers, reports Victor Mallet. . Luis Garicano, professor of economics and strategy at the London School of Economics, voices his suspicions about the cajas ostensibly stable bad loan ratio. "Personally, I don't believe it. The alternative is that the bad loan numbers of the cajas don't make a lot of sense."

Guardian (Education), 23-Feb-2010, page 17
I believe in yesterday
Chris Arnot reports on the undertaking by Dr Terry Gourvish, director of the business history unit at the London School of Economics, and Dr Richard Coopey, senior lecturer in history at the University of Wales, to study the financing of pop music between 1950 to 1975. The "pop docs" have been granted £290,758 for a three-year project. What happened from the mid-50s to the mid-70s was revolutionary, Gourvish says. "It involved the fragmentation of an earlier business model in which large companies dominated music production and music sales." http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/feb/23/pop-music-emi-beatles-

New York Times, 22-Feb-2010, page A10
British Premier struggles to repair blotched image
A report on the bullying allegations made against Gordon Brown includes comments from Tony Travers on how the claims have damaged attempts to remake the Prime Minister’s image.

Evening Standard, 22-Feb-2010, page 41
Politicians must heed economists
Letter from the LSE's Lord Desai, who argues that "to reap the greatest economic benefits it is important [for the Government] to give the signal cuts are going to be made and soon."
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New York Times, 19-Feb-2010, page B6
The past clouds the future of Europe’s new antitrust chief
Professor Kevin Featherstone comments on concern over the appointment of Joaquin Almunia as the EU’s commissioner.

LSE online

23/02/10 04:15 ((The Jakarta Post))
Insight: Centurygate as an old game of ideology
With the intractable scandal of "Centurygate" now reaching its critical stage, it seems timely to raise the following question: How is it going to be resolved? The writer, a lecturer in the postgraduate program at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta, holds a PhD from The London School of Economics. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/23/insight-centurygate-old-game-ideology.html|

23/02/10 01:03 ((Ethnic Now))
London Spanish Film Festival | Editor's Choice | Ethnic Now
The third edition of the London Spanish Film Festival runs from Friday 14 to Thursday 27 September 2007. Again this year, the festival offers a selection of the best contemporary Spanish cinema, with ... Directors Basilio Martín Patino and Álvaro del Amo will be joined by Prof. Peter W. Evans (Queen Mary) and Paul Preston (London School of Economics) in a round table to talk about the challenges of ma... http://www.ethnicnow.com/channels/editors-choice/press-release/1/1317/london-spanish-film-festival.html|

23/02/10 (The Nation)
Pakistan week in London School of Economics starts
LONDON-Pakistan Society of London School of Economics Students Union is celebrating ‘Pakistan Week’ from February 22 to 26

22/02/10 21:52 ((South China Morning Post))
A building boom of towering heights
Huaxi township in the Yangtze River Delta is a symbol of how Chinese communists embraced capitalism to lift 300 million people out of poverty during the past three decades. nvestments in empty offices and shopping malls, and in underused infrastructure would weigh on China, Chanos, president of New York-based Kynikos Associates, said at the London School of Economics. "W...

22/02/10 15:57 ((Market Oracle))
Falling Debt Dynamite Dominoes, The Coming Financial Catastrophe Part2
- On October 9th, 2008, the government of Iceland took control of the nation’s largest bank, nationalizing it, and halted trading on the Icelandic stock market. Within a single week, "the vast majorit... , were not Icelandic; they were international. Iceland owed "more than $60 billion overseas, about six times the value of its annual economic output. As a professor at London School of Economics said,... http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article17405.html|

22/02/10 15:06 ((New York Times))
Blending Tea and Hearts
On the first page of the first chapter of her first novel, "Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand," Helen Simonson invites her readers to experience love at first sight. A starchy retired British Army officer ... on has been so trained (perhaps overtrained) by American writing groups and programs (she has an M.F.A, as well as a career in travel advertising and a degree from the London School of Economics) that... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/books/22book.html?em|

22/02/10 13:33 ((Public Services))
£4.3bn extra debt but UK is 'on course'
Although the government had to borrow another £4.3bn in January bringing the current total borrowing to £122.5bn – the first time such borrowing has been necessary in 20 years – the Chancellor Alistai... The other letter, organised by Lord Layard, emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics, said: "While unemployment is still high, it would be dangerous to reduce the government's.. http://www.publicservice.co.uk/news_story.asp?id=12210|

22/02/10 13:31 ((China Energy Intelligence and Communication))
Notice: no updating during February 13-19, 2010
The township of Huaxi in the Yangtze River Delta is a proud symbol of how Chinese communists embraced capitalism to lift 300 million people out of poverty during the past three decades. offices and shopping malls and in underutilized infrastructure will weigh on China, Chanos, president of New York-based Kynikos Associates Ltd., said in a speech at the London School of Economics. "We... http://www.energychinaforum.com/news/31837.shtml|

22/02/10 11:03 ((The Great Yarmouth Mercury))
Students on cue for pool competition
STUDENTS from across the country will be competing in BUCS-UPC eight-ball Pool Championships in Great Yarmouth this week. University of Leeds, London School of Economics and University of Portsmouth are among the teams promoted from the shield event last season keen to be tested at the higher level.

22/02/10 10:38 ((Sunday News))
Labour versus company viability
THE Zimbabwean economy is at crossroads as workers’ expectations seem to be as high as the cost of production and company directors seem not to be able to reconcile the two. He said it is only Professor Tony Hawkins at the London School of Economics in November 2008 who placed it at 65 zillion trillion percent.

22/02/10 (Culture Lab – New Scientist blog)
John Adams – the robot’s book club
Perhaps computer programs that can read and interpret literature will provide the answer, an idea that John Adams has been exploring. He spoke at the London School of Economics's Space for Thought Literary Festival this month. I chatted with Adams to find out more.

22/02/10 (Big Hollywood)
Who’s Smarter? Liberals or Conservatives?
So Red Eye fan Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science, emailed me this weekend to tell me about a paper he wrote, due out today in the scientific journal Social PsychologyQuarterly.
It’s entitled "Why liberals and atheists are more intelligent."

22/02/10 (Psychology Today blogs)
Part II Sex and game theory
Robert Seymour and Peter Sozou, researchers at the University College London, and The London School of Economics used game theory to understand the benefits and costs of waiting to have sex during dating.

22/02/10 (Associated Press of Pakistan)
Pakistan week begins at London School of Ecnomics
Hundreds of Pakistani students studying in different British instititutions across the city gathered at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science to celebrate the five-day ‘Pakistan Week’ which began here on Monday.The event is an initiative of the LSE Pakistan Society and supported by the National Union of Pakistani Students and Alumni (NUPSA).

22/02/10 (Health Investor)
Competition in the NHS has improved serivices
Hospitals and their patients have benefited from exposure to competition, according to new research by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

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BBC Radio Sheffield (22-Feb-2010)
Tony Travers on mayoral elections.