Business & Economics

Guanxi: asset or liability?

Guanxi: asset or liability?

Arushi Ramdhonee03/04/20218 min read
Doing business in China can be complicated and that’s why Guanxi is a great example to illustrate it.
How is the EU implementing strategies to favour a circular economic model?

How is the EU implementing strategies to favour a circular economic model?

Martina Torcè25/02/20217 min read
The globally dominant economic model, the “take-make-waste” extractive industrial model, is depleting the planet’s resources and creating tonnes of waste. Is it reasonable to switch to a more sustainable “Circular Economic Model” and how is the EU doing it?
Modern Monetary Theory : Sensible or Dangerous

Modern Monetary Theory : Sensible or Dangerous

Eric Balonwu10/02/20217 min read
MMT has transitioned from academic obscurity to challenge the political and economic establishment. Is MMT imperative to revitalise economic thought or a quixotic fantasy which is radical and wrong?
Chinese Development Finance In Africa: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Chinese Development Finance In Africa: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Lisa Onyeka21/01/202111 min read
In recent years there has been a sharp uptick in Chinese development finance to Africa. This begs the question of whether it is something to be celebrated, or something to be wary of.
Global Health Inequalities: Vaccines

Global Health Inequalities: Vaccines

Habiba Elhawati15/01/20219 min read
Having pre-ordered enough COVID-19 vaccines to immunise their populaces a few times over, the world’s wealthiest countries have already administered millions of shots. But for the developing world, the wait for any doses at all could be much longer.
Foreign Aid: Should It Be Cut?

Foreign Aid: Should It Be Cut?

Iona Forsyth21/12/20208 min read
Many countries, including the UK, are cutting their foreign aid budget due to the fiscal pressures of Covid-19. Is this the right approach, or is it fundamentally misguided?
Microfinance: The Solution to Poverty?

Microfinance: The Solution to Poverty?

Simrin Rahman07/12/202013 min read
Global poverty is a dilemma that has ailed economists for millennia. A possible solution has arisen in the aftermath of the Bangladesh Famine of 1974 – microfinance. Now implemented in multiple countries, is this the magic bullet we have been waiting for?
A Policy Paradigm or a Policy Paralysis

A Policy Paradigm or a Policy Paralysis

Dev Patel26/11/20208 min read
What seems like a blessing in the form of the government stimulus schemes could infact be a death blow. Read to find out whether the current economic measures put in place are helping you in the long term or whether they are burying your future job prospects.
Endgame: The US Presidential Election

Endgame: The US Presidential Election

Ishmael Liwanda01/11/202017 min read
A global pandemic and economic crisis. Two contrasting visions of a future America. The stage is set for the most contested elections in recent US history. In an election with implications for decades to come, which of the two candidates is most compelling?
Greenwashing and Corporate Environmentalism

Greenwashing and Corporate Environmentalism

Iona Forsyth 16/10/202013 min read
What does it mean for a product to be ‘sustainable’, ‘green’ or ‘environmentally friendly’? Here we explore the growing trend of greenwashing, how to spot it, and how to distinguish it from genuine corporate environmental efforts.
Is Impact Investing True to Its Name?

Is Impact Investing True to Its Name?

Nadine Soliman07/09/20209 min read
Are profit and positive externalities mutually exclusive goals for businesses? Impact investing equips businesses with the resources to make money and do good. It just comes down to whether the investment community is ready to save the future.
Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Praniti Agarwal05/09/202013 min read
What is the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the fundamentals of economics and business strategy? Let’s take a step back to understand how this revolution in technology impacts people and processes.
Charities: Unsung heroes

Charities: Unsung heroes

Rithik Sharma17/08/202010 min read
“Seldom do we consider the effect of COVID-19 on charities and non-profit organisations…”. We spoke to Literacy Pirrates, Migrant Voice, and Human Appeal and saw an insight to the effect for them and the people they help and how they have had to adapt to survive.
COVID-19: A battle of the sexes

COVID-19: A battle of the sexes

Nadine Soliman12/08/20209 min read
COVID-19 has undeniably changed many lives: from transitioning to online schooling, to losing a job – everyone has been affected in one way or the other. But have you ever stopped to think about how some groups may have it worse than you?
Modern Concentration Camps: Uighurs’ torture

Modern Concentration Camps: Uighurs’ torture

Dev Patel11/08/20208 min read
2 million Uighur Muslims are being persecuted & oppressed against their wishes as you read this whilst you cherish comfort & freedom. You raise your voice against your government for keeping you in lock down whilst your fellow human near torture?
FinTech, Mobile-banking, and Security

FinTech, Mobile-banking, and Security

Salah Khaddour05/08/20207 min read
A portrayal of FinTech momentum as well as the security measures this force entails.
The Damned Nile

The Damned Nile

Ishmael Liwanda03/08/202011 min read
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is viewed by Ethiopians worldwide as the country’s statement of intent, a demonstration of its collective ambition. Egypt views Ethiopia’s uncooperative behaviour as posing an existential threat to the Egyptian state. The GERD represents development, but at whose expense?
The Three Musketeers of Sustainable Finance – E, S, G

The Three Musketeers of Sustainable Finance – E, S, G

Aditya Agarwal01/08/20207 min read
The world of finance is renowned for coming up with three-letter acronyms, however with the rise of ESG, where does it stand? We evaluate this strategy which drives many prominent investors today.
Recessions – A post-pandemic debt

Recessions – A post-pandemic debt

Mohammed Sheikh29/07/20208 min read
Global Economic health is under threat by what could be the worst economic recession of our lives. Leaders around the world are brainstorming for possible solutions. One solution that has rattled debates in many international organisations is Debt Relief.
Envisioning AIESEC’s 2025

Envisioning AIESEC’s 2025

Nachiket Dighe19/07/20207 min read
Empowering youth leaders; Building a long-lasting AIESEC; Developing Purposeful Partnerships. 3 statements that lay the groundwork for actions of tens of thousands of AIESECers, be it the President of AIESEC International or a potential member for a local committee.
Can a blindfolded chimpanzee outperform professional fund managers?

Can a blindfolded chimpanzee outperform professional fund managers?

Nadine Soliman 07/07/20207 min read
Whether the market can outperform professional fund managers has caused debate for years. This article explores the validity of this claim, with an illustrative look into how the events on the fateful day of 9/11 were reflected in the stock market.
Oil: an obituary?

Oil: an obituary?

Ishmael Liwanda04/07/202013 min read
News of US oil ‘selling’ for -$37 per barrel left many feeling comically bewildered as to how one of the world’s most important commodities could be worth less than $0. Despite being the lifeblood of industrialised nations and the most important source of energy since the 1950s, oil is facing attack from all directions.
Breaking the funding fence – building the EMDEs

Breaking the funding fence – building the EMDEs

Aditya Agarwal01/07/202010 min read
Many successful stories are being written to empower the ideas and innovation for tomorrow. It is about leveraging, mobilising and breaking that fence stifling the flow of funding.
The Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

The Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

Habiba Elhawati08/05/20206 min read
Downtown Tacoma, Washington; Mid-day March 15th, 2020 During the Coronovirus Covid-19 Outbreak. With countries going weeks and even months into complete lockdown, the entire world is now very familiar, and increasingly struggling, with perfect social distancing as businesses shutter, millions of people lose their jobs, and entire industries crash down. The financial implications of the […]
From one crisis to another? Economic responses to the Coronavirus pandemic

From one crisis to another? Economic responses to the Coronavirus pandemic

Ishmael Liwanda14/04/20208 min read
The term ‘Coronavirus’ has very quickly become a ubiquitous addition to the vocabulary of the human race. What originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 has, in less than six months, now resulted in a global health crisis unlike any other in the post-WWII period. With over 1.5 million cases and 100,000 deaths, governments worldwide […]
‘The Winning Bid’

‘The Winning Bid’

Aditya Agarwal07/04/20206 min read
On March 3rd, 2020 The Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy of LSE, Dr Christine Thomas interviewed the Chief Executive Officer of Christie’s Guillaume Cerutti. This was hosted by the LSESU French Society. A dive into personal life — Mr Guillame having an interest, an intuition rather, for civil services, pursued higher education at […]
Hermès, the Luxury Dynasty.

Hermès, the Luxury Dynasty.

Aditya Agarwal07/04/20206 min read
Nourished by tradition, even today can one buy a piece of heritage Hermès flourished from, crafting saddles has been a timeless art, from its founding in 1837 to the very present. On the 11th of March, The LSE French Society hosted Mr Axel Dumas, the CEO of Hermès, the talk being chaired by Professor of […]