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Ukraine: how the Russian invasion could derail the fragile world economy

Steve Schifferes, City, University of London The invasion of Ukraine comes at a delicate time for the world economy, which was just beginning to recover from the ravages of COVID. Russia’s war could now have far-reaching economic consequences, as financial markets tumble and the price of oil soars. A worrying comparison can even be made to the 1973 Yom Kippur …

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How your colleagues affect your home life (and vice versa)

shutterstock. Yasin Rofcanin, University of Bath; Jakob Stollberger, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Mireia Las Heras, IESE Business School (Universidad de Navarra) There are benefits to being part of a couple in which both are in paid work. A dual income brings, if not necessarily great wealth, at least an element of greater economic freedom, while the relationship can be a …

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COVID may have made us less materialistic – new research

Shutterstock/Shopping King Louie Olaya Moldes Andrés, Cardiff University The early days of COVID brought a new sense of urgency to shopping for certain items. Toilet paper, pasta and bread flew off the shelves as people stocked up on vital supplies. Then came the must-have purchases to help with the tedium of lockdowns, with hot tubs, kitchen gadgets and new pets …

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Valentine’s Day: the pressures of shopping for romance

Shutterstock/madorf Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University For many couples, Valentine’s Day is crunch time. Research has shown that romantic relationships are more likely to end on or around February 14 compared to almost any other time of the year. This may be why almost £1 billion is expected to be spent in the UK over the next few days on …

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Supply chains in 2022: shortages will continue, but for some sellers the problem will be too much stock

Sarah Schiffling, Liverpool John Moores University and Nikolaos Valantasis Kanellos, Technological University Dublin Everything was about shortages in 2021. COVID vaccine shortages at the start of the year were replaced by fears that we would struggle to buy turkeys, toys or electronic gizmos to put under the Christmas tree. For most of the year, supermarket shelves, car showrooms and even …

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World economy in 2022: the big factors to watch closely

Nothing but conundrums. koya979 Muhammad Ali Nasir, University of Huddersfield Will 2022 be the year where the world economy recovers from the pandemic? That’s the big question on everyone’s lips as the festive break comes to an end. One complicating factor is that most of the latest major forecasts were published in the weeks before the omicron variant swept the …

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Artificial intelligence carries a huge upside. But potential harms need to be managed

The increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in public decision making is raising critical issues around fairness and human rights. Getty Images Alison Gillwald, University of Cape Town and Rachel Adams, University of Cape Town Artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to contribute to the resolution of some of the most intractable problems of our time. …

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What capitalism can learn from the religions of the world

The answers are there if you look for them. Yogendra Singh, CC BY-SA Atul K. Shah, City, University of London It may be the season for peace on Earth and goodwill to all men, but you don’t have to look very far in the financial pages to find stories about businesses doing exactly the opposite. NatWest, for example, has just …

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How the world’s biggest Islamic organization drives religious reform in Indonesia – and seeks to influence the Muslim world

A gathering during the 73rd anniversary of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2019. Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University After its return to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are again imposing their religious ideology, with restrictions on women’s rights and other repressive measures. They are presenting to the world an image …

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