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At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss

NPR

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Overall, Cambodia is a relatively poor country whose residents don't own much. Norwegian hotel owners in the city of Krong Siem Reap urge their Cambodian staff to be more in charge of making their own decisions by making them co-owners of the hotel, an act that forced them to have more confidence...

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Avoiding the Curse of the Oil-Rich Nations

The New York Times

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To avoid the toxic effects of dependence on oil revenues, countries could take those revenues and give them out to the people. How the Alaska model could end the resource curse.

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Can Free College Save American Cities?

Politico Magazine

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Huge numbers of students lack the chance to go to college because of financial problems. Recently, Kalamazoo schools received more funding allowing them to have the chance to help and pay for students to then go to college and receive a higher education.

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Can Government Play Moneyball?

The New York Times

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The pressure is on for the federal government to spend tax money more wisely. Evidence-based policy making is an increasingly popular way to do so.

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Living-wage' movement growing in region

Orange County Register

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In the past five years, as federal and state minimum wage levels failed to keep pace with the cost of living, and as the recession took its toll, the living wage movement has accelerated. Across the United States, more than 125 cities and counties have enacted ordinances or passed ballot initiati...

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Out of Prison, Into a Vicious Circle of Debt

The New York Times

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Many offenders get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees but face barriers to financing and job acquisition, sticking them in a punitive, vicious cycle of debt and arrest. A program called the Clapham Set, perhaps paired with conditional cash transfers - may ...

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In the Long War on Poverty, Small Victories That Matter

The New York Times

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A panoply of responses to poverty has emerged to address poverty in the United States and abroad. The responses share in three key tactics: Measuring impact, paying for success, and collaboration.

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Preparing for Disaster by Betting Against It

The New York Times

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, necessity has bred an interesting kind of financial invention for the New York MTA: the world’s first “catastrophe” bond - a reinsurance for the insurer - designed to protect public transportation infrastructure, specifically against storm surge. These bonds priva...

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Education lessons from Maine, NH

Vermont Public Radio

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The educational questions that Vermont currently struggles with are similar to those happening in Maine and New Hampshire.

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Minneapolis uses citywide plan to reduce youth violence

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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After a rampant problem of violence among youths, Minneapolis enacted a violence-prevention plan which focused on collective action and stemming the causes at their source, resulting in nonfatal shootings involving youths drop by 72%. Now, other cities with similar problems are trying to follow s...

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