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Sara H

My name is Sara Hooker and I go to school at Carleton College, Minnesota. I am an international student here, originally Irish, but I spent most of my childhood in Southern Africa; in Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland. I plan to major in International relations but also enjoy economics. I am really loving my time in the U.S and hope to visit at least 15 states by the time I graduate. I am currently on 5!

Lost in Translation

There was a stats conversion problem I had to do today, changing miles per gallon into gallons per mile. Gallons per mile, the end result of the problem, which might seem unusual to US drivers is actually how the rest of the world views gas consumption. My textbook said it …

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New Year. More Déjà Vu.

It is a soap opera where young pretty starlets are replaced with old and often funny economists. This is how I think I can best describe the book I just read on my flight back from Ireland to college here in the US. The book is called the ‘Lords of …

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Is Microfinance the Next Financial Bubble?

Muhammad Yunus, the founder of microfinance, has an episode of the Simpsons dedicated to him. Yeardly Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, was so impressed with Mr. Yunus she traveled to Bangladesh to see microfinance in action before recording the episode. She is only the latest fan of microfinance, a …

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That which will replace capitalism?

I study at a college with a trimester system, which gives the school calendar a slight sense of chaos. It means I finished my final exams last week and I now have six weeks of academic free bliss to look forward to. In celebration, I returned a suitcase to the …

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Not just a pretty face after all

Not just a pretty face after all. This is the verdict that the Miss World Competition 2010, which just ended on the 30th of October, brings to mind. The Miss World Competition 2010, held in Sanya China, is normally a parade of swimsuits and evening gowns with some interludes designed …

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‘Please, sir, I want some more’- Thoughts on Food Security

There is a joke in Southern Africa that vegetarians don’t exist, at least not by choice. There is even a Zimbabwean rap group dedicated solely to eulogizing chicken in their songs. Another inside joke is that you can tell who a government worker is by the girth of their waist, …

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Not just a game.

Sporting events have traditionally been a source of catharsis for the nation-state. The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing was like prom for the girl who had finally removed her braces, as China showed off the eclectic economic mix which had taken it to dizzying new heights of wealth. The World …

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