Category Archives: Links to Interesting Reading

These links are interesting reading.

Excellent Article on Economic Diversification from Booz’s Business Strategy Magazine

This article in Strategy + Business makes the case that the economies which are sufficiently diversified will have a quicker recovery from the economic crisis.

Take the Poll on the Role of State-Owned Banks

You can take the World Bank’s poll on the role of state-owned banks in promoting financial stability.

For info about the poll and the issue, go to the All About Finance blog.

Blogs on Emerging Markets Economics

Here are links to some good blogs related to emerging market economics and business.

  • BeyondBrics is Financial Times’ emerging markets blog.
  • One of the leading economic soothsayers, Nouriel Roubini, has a blog that should not be missed.
  • The International Financial Corporation (IFC), a division of the World Bank Group has an emerging markets blog called Innovations in Emerging Markets.
  • One of the Wall Street Journal blogs is ROI where “personal finance meets current affairs.” This blog has both US and internationally oriented posts.
  • WSJ also offers New Europe about Central and Eastern European economics.
  • Mark Mobius, the major player for Franklin Templeton in emerging markets and a key investor in Romania, has a blog.

Rise of Think Tanks in Emerging Markets

Schumpeter’s blog in The Economist discusses the rise of think tanks in emerging markets. Not good news for us emerging market consultants. (-;

Info on Doing Business in Kazakhstan from the Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce in the US

I attended a webinar hosted by the Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce in the US and a Kazakh law firm.

The presentations are available from KazCham.

1. Doing Business in Kazakhstan

2. Current Economic Situation in Kazakhstan


Developed Economies Facing Mountains of Debt But Emerging Economies Not

The World Economic Forum at Davos has begun. (I guess my invitation was lost in the mail. … Maybe I should check my spam filter.) An interesting article from DealBook discusses how the developed economies especially Europe are saddled with debt and the emerging powers like China and India are not.

To read the article,

Test-Taking Does Help You Learn!

I worked for 6+ years in the testing and assessment industry for Prometric and we would take all kinds of grief about evils of testing. A new study says testing does help you learn.

Click here for the New York Times article.