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Who’s to Blame for Lost Silver and Gold? Laments of Financial Troubles in Spain 1588

Stephen Mayeaux

One of the first to catch my eye was a set of documents from the Cortes, the legislative body of Spain. Published in 1593, Acts of the “Cortes” held in the village of Madrid in the year 1588 gives us a look at matters the Cortes considered important enough to address. Among other interesting subjects, these documents show concern over the kingdom’s financial difficulties.
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Who’s to Blame for Lost Silver and Gold? Laments of Financial Troubles in Spain 1588

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Criminals and Coins: Understanding 17th Century Spanish Economy through Counterfeit Currency

Nina Perdomo

This document is a highlight of the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents collection because it explores the case of Goyeneche, charged with counterfeiting Spanish coin, while allowing modern readers to gain insight into the economic status of Spain in the 1600s.
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Criminals and Coins: Understanding 17th Century Spanish Economy through Counterfeit Currency

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Will the Growth of Uber Increase Economic Welfare?

Hubert Horan

The urban car service firm Uber is currently the most highly valued private startup company in the world, with a venture capital valuation of over $68 billion based on direct investment of over $13 billion from numerous prominent Silicon Valley investors. Uber’s investors are not merely seeking a share of a still-competitive urban car service industry, but are openly pursuing global industry dominance and its huge valuation is based on expectations that it will be successful.
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Will the Growth of Uber Increase Economic Welfare?

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Modern Capitalism’s Multiple Pasts and Its Possible Future: The Rise of China, Climate Change, and Economic Transformation

R. Bin Wong

Few have pondered the possible relevance of the ideologies and institutions of political economies in different world regions before the modern era and how the spread of modern capitalism has shaped their contemporary approaches to the future.
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Modern Capitalism’s Multiple Pasts and Its Possible Future: The Rise of China, Climate Change, and Economic Transformation

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The Student Debt Crisis is a Crisis of Non-Repayment

Marshall Steinbaum

Think of the student debt crisis as an overflowing bathtub. On the one hand, too much water is pouring in: more borrowers are taking on more debt. That is thanks to increased demand for higher education in the face of rising tuition, stagnant wages, diminishing job opportunities for those with less than a college degree, and the power of employers to dictate that would-be hires have the necessary training in advance. On the other hand, the drain is clogged and too little water is draining out: those who have taken on debt are increasingly unable to pay it off.
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The Student Debt Crisis is a Crisis of Non-Repayment

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Inconsistent Definitions of Money and Currency in Financial Legislation as a Threat to Innovation and Sustainability

Leander Bindewald

External shocks, like the climate catastrophe or the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as intrinsic fallacies like the securitization of bad debt leading up to the financial crisis in 2008, point to the need for updating our monetary and financial systems.
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Inconsistent Definitions of Money and Currency in Financial Legislation as a Threat to Innovation and Sustainability

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Written Testimony in a Senate Hearing on Building a Stronger Financial System: Opportunities of a Central Bank Digital Currency

Lev Menand

Written Testimony of Lev Menand for the hearing entitled "Building a Stronger Financial System: Opportunities for a Central Bank Digital Currency" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Policy.
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Written Testimony in a Senate Hearing on Building a Stronger Financial System: Opportunities of a Central Bank Digital Currency

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The Intellectual Origins of Sudan’s “Decades of Solitude,” 1989–2019

Alden Young

The three decades between 1989 and 2019, when the National Salvation regime of Islamists and the military ruled Sudan, are now frequently remembered by international and Sudanese policymakers, politicians, intellectuals, and business elites as “lost decades” or “decades of solitude”
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The Intellectual Origins of Sudan’s “Decades of Solitude,” 1989–2019