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Unemployment and the Skills Gap Myth

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The American social reformer and women’s suffragist Jane Addams noted in 1910 that of all the aspects of social misery nothing is as heartbreaking as unemployment. To be without meaningful work is not only financially devastating, but also mentally and physically damaging. Unemployed workers and the...

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Green light for Financial Transaction Tax Europe

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European Union finance ministers gave their approval at a meeting today in Brussels, allowing eleven EU member states to pursue the implementation of a financial transactions tax (FTT). At present the 11 states  - including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Belgium, Estonia, Gre...

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The price of Inequality

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We’ve all heard the old adage about the rich getting richer, and the poor getting poorer. It’s a saying that’s rung particularly true in much of the world over the last thirty years.  Statistics show that income inequality reached historically high levels, particularly in many OECD countries ju...

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Education reform in times of crisis: Emulating Finland?

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Education reform is an increasingly internationalised phenomenon. Governments seeking to reform their education system usually look to the international level for successful experiences, with a view to learning from their strengths and, as far as possible, emulating them. In Europe, Finland cur...

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