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Month: March 2021

The True Scope of Vaccine Passports
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The True Scope of Vaccine Passports

By: Adam Messinger & Brendan O'Reilly After a year of shutdowns, restrictions, and isolation, there is no denying that the level of travel demand, both domestically and internationally, is at an unprecedented high. Individuals of all age groups are itching to escape to destinations far and wide, with 82 percent of American families planning to travel in 2021, according to research reported in Travel Pulse. However, COVID-19 has revolutionized how individuals and businesses travel. With nations still imposing various restrictions on the specific individuals that can cross their borders, a new type of “passport” is being developed to allow safe travel while the global vaccination campaign continues to ramp up. Commonly known as the “vaccine passport,” an increasing number of count...
The Market Ramifications of Semiconductor Manufacturing Localization
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The Market Ramifications of Semiconductor Manufacturing Localization

By: Anton Kozyrev For much of the 20th century, there was one crucial commodity that rose above all others to assume its position atop the global pyramid of desirable goods, so to speak. We speak, of course, of oil. That is not to say that oil only became prominent in the 20th century -- far from it. During the 19th century’s phase of rapid industrialization and almost rhythmic conflicts between economies of scale and labor unions, one thing held absolutely constant -- the importance of oil as a key driver of further economic development and industrialization. The beginning of the following century only further defined the parameters of industrialization, with a central focus on oil. With the discovery of the Spindletop Geyser in 1901, the oil industry grew at an almost exponential ...
How Coronavirus Changed the Way We Do Health Care
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How Coronavirus Changed the Way We Do Health Care

By: Justin Holmes As the US passes 124 million coronavirus vaccine shots administered, a return to normality seems just on the horizon. But while empty arenas and outdoor-only-dining may become relics of a socially distanced past, the emergence of telehealth—technologically supported long distance healthcare—is here to stay. Before the pandemic, telehealth had already been steadily growing in popularity. The percentage of hospitals at least partially implementing a computerized telehealth system more than doubled from 35% in 2010 to 76% in 2017. Telehealth was seen as an effective method to overcome geographic, transportation, patient mobility, and funding related barriers.  When state mandated, stay-at-home orders emerged in March 2020, telehealth exploded as a safe alterna...
The Online Shoppers’ War in Southeast Asia
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The Online Shoppers’ War in Southeast Asia

By: Iris An Lazada, the online shopping site owned by the Chinese tech company Alibaba, is struggling to maintain its role as the leading ecommerce firm in Southeast Asia.  With a population of 670 million and over 400 million online users, Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing internet markets. The region enjoys some of the highest rates of internet adoption, the longest hours online per capita, the largest youth group, and an active local social media industry.  Last year, Southeast Asian countries received more than 40 million new Internet users, with the overall online economy hitting $105 billion and e-commerce exceeding $62 billion, a 63% increase from last year.  As covid-19 prompted stuck-at-home consumers to go online for shopping and entert...
The Implications of COVID-19 For Inflation and Its Measurement
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The Implications of COVID-19 For Inflation and Its Measurement

By: Maximus Hamilton Amidst the enervating pandemic our country has dealt with the past year, numerous changes have taken place, not only in the social realm, but in the scope of our economy as well.  Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered consumer spending habits and patterns. With the need to minimize social encounters and slow the spread of the virus, many consumers have turned increasingly away (if not altogether) from most services, and as a result, the proportion of consumer spending on such services versus spending on consumer goods has been significantly altered. A close look at economic data from the past pandemic year would show a drastic decrease in expenditures on many services -- such as restaurants, movie theaters, and bars -- coupled with...
Navigation in the Uncertainty: How Should We Pursue Sustainability?
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Navigation in the Uncertainty: How Should We Pursue Sustainability?

By: Eric Wang The discussion about sustainability has become a hot issue in the society and company management field. However, though it attracts much appreciation and applause for the movement, critics have emerged from society's multilevel. A detailed analysis of them may help the movement innovate and redirect to head in the right direction. One of the most well-known to the sustainability concept would be the increasing trend of opposition to globalization. Critics suggest that sustainability is simply an elite game that only adapts to the developed countries' settings. Thus, it may not bring as many benefits as imagined worldwide since there are such huge discrepancies between each part. However, researchers have pointed out that more progressive policy making in environmental ...
The Future of American Healthcare
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The Future of American Healthcare

By: Matthew Jean-Mary Regardless of political leaning, many Americans believe financing for healthcare in the United States of America will likely have to change in the near future. As it currently stands, the United States spends more money on healthcare than any other country in the world. However, this is greatly deceiving because the United States is not reaping the results achieved by other developed countries. It has been shown that -- on average -- U.S. citizens visit primary care physicians less frequently than other nations despite the fact that U.S. adults typically have greater health needs and demands (U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2019 | Commonwealth Fund). Intel from the Commonwealth Fund survey indicates that U.S. adults lack the income to pay for physician...
ARE “GREEN BANKS” THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE?
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ARE “GREEN BANKS” THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE?

By: Rohan Upadhyay President Biden plans to fight climate change and create jobs via infrastructure spending. However, to make America green, the economy must go green: corporations and banks must move towards renewables. Some institutions are considering sustainability. Global banks invested $1.9 trillion in renewables during 2016-2018 after the Paris Accords. 5 American banks also pledged to end Arctic drilling investment. Yet, this transition isn't complete. 33 global banks invested $1.9 trillion in fossil-fuels between 2016-2019. US banks invested double in fossil-fuels over renewables during 2016-2018. Furthermore, the UN initiative to encourage renewable investment - Principles of Responsible Investing - did little to change investors’ portfolios.  Though institutio...