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  4 Years of Growth for Foreign Companies in Spain

Berrone, Pascual; Blázquez, María Luisa Spain remains a highly attractive destination for foreign investment. The annual Barometer of the Business Climate in Spain breaks down the latest statistics and shows that economic recovery is coupled with increased investment levels in the country. Read article

  4 Energy Challenges in Kenya -- and How to Face Them

Rahnema Alavi, Ahmad; Sanchez, Felix; Kerubo, Loice; Giordano, Paola; Otieno, Irene; Njenga, George; Ronoh, Geoffrey Energy poverty is a problem in Kenya. IESE's Ahmad Rahnema examines current challenges in the country's power generation, quest for alternative fuels, cooking needs and fertilizer production -- and offers possible solutions, as well as prime investment opportunities. Read article

  How Judicial Independence Encourages Entrepreneurship

Valentini, Giovanni; Conti, Raffaele Thinking of setting up a new business? Look beyond the usual concerns -- potential talent, tax benefits -- says IESE's Giovanni Valentini, there's another factor that could make or break your start-up: judicial independence in your chosen region. Read article

  A Winning Partnership

Ricart, Joan Enric The public and private sectors need each other now more than ever. Read article

  Change Your Thinking About M&As

Dimopoulos, Theodosios; Sacchetto, Stefano With the failure of some high-profile mergers, the concept itself has been questioned. But IESE's Stefano Sacchetto has built a model to better measure the effects of an active merger market on productivity, the economy and entrepreneurship. Read article

  Traders' Short-termism: It Doesn't Have to Spell Disaster

Cespa, Giovanni; Vives, Xavier Does short-termism breed informational inefficiency in financial markets? Not necessarily, research by Xavier Vives and Giovanni Cespa shows. Read article

  And the Most Competitive Economy Is...

Schwab, Klaus; Sala i Martin, Xavier; World Economic Forum On the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, the WEF's ranking of global competitiveness has economies large and small battling for top marks. (Hint: the U.S., Switzerland and Singapore are all in the top three.) Read article

  Balancing the Trade-Offs Between Competition and Stability: Private Banks & Public Policy Premium

Vives, Xavier Does too much competition in banking hurt society? What policies can best protect and stabilize banking without stifling it? This article addresses the critical relationships between competition, regulation and stability, and the implications of coordinating banking regulations with competition policies. Read article

  Smoothing the Procurement Process: Towards Better Contracting Premium

Tadelis, Steven In large, complex infrastructure projects, problems can arise with regard to contract types, incentives and the award process. To avoid these problems, the author recommends how to gain flexibility and efficiency in the public procurement of goods and services. Read article

  Public-Private Partnerships for Smart Cities: Sharing Good Practices

Ricart, Joan Enric; Trillas, Francesc; Rodríguez Planas, Miquel; Salvador, Jordi; Ferradans, Hugo; Fageda, Xavier; Navarro, Josep By mid-century, more than two out of every three people are expected to live in cities. To accommodate urban growth in smarter, more sustainable cities, experts look to public-private partnerships (PPPs) -- as seen in successful cases from Cairo to Barcelona. Read article
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