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  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

Salvador, Jordi; Trillas, Fancesc; Ricart, Joan Enric; Rodríguez Planas, Miquel; Ferradans, Hugo; Fageda, Xavier 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

  Universal Basic Income: A Plausible Utopia?

Pin Arboledas, José Ramón The idea of a universal basic income is a hot topic among politicians, sociologists and economists. IESE's José Ramón Pin proposes a progressive solution that could bypass some of the economic difficulties. Read article

  Aftermath: Where Do Spanish Companies Stand After the Economic Crisis?

Ariño, Miguel Angel How did the Spanish business landscape change between 2006 and 2014? IESE's Miguel Ángel Ariño looks at the repercussions of the crisis on the number and size of companies, sales volume and employee productivity. Read article

  What Are Big Cities Hungry for? Tomorrow's Food and Beverage Trends

Llopis, Jaume; Gifra, Júlia; Pasamón, Fernando The world's largest cities are "the best testing grounds" to understand and enter regional markets. This is according to IESE's fifth annual Vademecum on Food and Beverage Markets, which homes in on the trends and tastes of 25 global cities. Read article

  Europe and U.S. Dominate 2017 Ranking of World's "Smartest" Cities

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric New York is the "smartest" city in the world, followed by London and Paris. Ranked by IESE's Cities in Motion Index, select European and North American cities excel; but for many, social cohesion remains an unresolved issue. Read article

  Globesity: Connecting Globalization and Obesity

Costa-Font, Joan; Mas, Núria Thanks to globalization, the world may seem smaller, but the people in it are actually getting larger. Obesity is a pandemic, and the social aspects of globalization may be to blame, according to a paper by Joan Costa-Font and Núria Mas. Read article

  The Myths and Realities of Doing Business in China

Nueno, Pedro With China's rapid rise to join the global superpowers, the country has aroused all sorts of suspicions. Pedro Nueno works to dispel old myths in his 2017 book, at the same time explaining why China may be the only country fit to challenge U.S. hegemony. Nueno also shares tips for negotiating and investing in the Asian giant. Read article

  Boosting Sustainable Growth via the World's Cities

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Duch T-Figueras, Ana Isabel Cities form the backbone of the global economy. At the same time, urban concentrations present their own challenges -- including increasing inequality and stressed resources. The book Cities and the Economy, part of the "IESE Cities in Motion: International Urban Best Practices" series, aims to arm leaders with smart ideas for sustainable, economic development at the local level. Read article
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