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The State of the Market

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

The right balance between the role of the state and the market is key for susccesful development.

 

Bismarck’s health insurance

By Stefan Bauernschuster, Anastasia Driva, Erik Hornung

The model for today’s health insurance systems was Otto von Bismarck’s compulsory health insurance, introduced in the German Empire in 1884. contemporary mortality data to show that, by extending access ...

Restoring the Mosaics of San Vitale

By Livia Alberti

The VI century Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna is a unique example of Byzantine art and culture. In recent times an important conservation project has restored the basilica’s mosaic ...

Tree of the Wooden Clogs

By Robert Arnold

Robert Arnold looks back at Italian director Ermanno Olmi's masterpiece "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" (L'Albero degli Zoccoli), winner of 14 awards including the Palme d'Or for Best film at ...

Crypto currencies don’t make sense

By Jon Danielsson

Cryptocurrencies are supposedly a new and superior form of money and investments – the way of the future. The author of this article, however, does not see the point of ...

Arts & Culture

The Mariinsky Ballet

By Valentina Bonelli

Valentina Bonelli looks at the history of the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company from its glorious beginnings under the creative direction of Marius Petipa and the patronage of the Tsars through ...

Travel Writing

The World’s Best Travel Book

"The Way of the World" is a 1950s travelogue of a trip that Nicolas Bouvier and Thierry Vernet took from ...

Travel Writing

In the Medina

Green is the colour of Islam, presumably because it is emblematic of paradise. Fertility in...