European country data on the minimum wage

At The Money Illusion blog:

“Regarding the minimum wage, here is some data for Western Europe:

“There are nine countries with a minimum wage (Belgium, Netherlands, Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Luxembourg). europaTheir unemployment rates range from 5.9% in Luxembourg to 27.6% in Greece. The median country is France with 11.1% unemployment.

“There are nine countries with no minimum wage (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland). Five of the nine have a lower unemployment rate than Luxembourg, the best of the other group. The median country is Iceland, with a 5.5% unemployment rate. The biggest country in Europe is Germany. No minimum wage and 5.2% unemployment.”

Update: Here’s a link to a map with each European country’s current minimum wage rate indicated.

(Thanks to John Kannarr for the link.)

Related:
My video-lecture on the moral, economic, and political arguments for and against minimum wage laws.

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My review of Gibson’s *Ethics and Business* (audio)

My review of Kevin Gibson’s Ethics and Business: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2007) was published in the journal Teaching Philosophy (Spring 2010). Here’s a 13-minute audio version of the review in MP3 or at YouTube.

Topics covered in the review:
* Criteria for evaluating textbooks in business ethics.
* The Concession versus Contractual theories of corporations.
* The Perfect Information assumption.
* Capitalism versus the mixed economy.
* What egoism is: Machiavelli and Hobbes versus Aristotle and Rand.
* Theory-heavy versus case-study approaches to business ethics.
* The Bhopal disaster in India.

Also: Here is a PDF version of the print review.

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Second test questions posted, Fall 2013 semester

know-thyself-235x100Here are the questions for the November 14 test in Introduction to Philosophy [pdf] and Business and Economic Ethics [pdf].

The test questions are also posted at the Courses page.

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PowerPoint added: The battle against slavery and serfdom

For Week 12 in my Western Civ course: The Battle against Slavery and Serfdom.

wedgwood-1787Previous files in the series:
1. Introduction.
2. The Renaissance Context.
3. England to the Glorious Revolution.
4. Justice and Modernizing the Law.
5. From Feudal to Modern Business and Economics.
6. The American Enlightenment.
7. The Battle for Women’s Liberty and Equality.
8. The Enlightenment.
9. The Enlightenment in France.
10. The French Revolution.
11. Romanticism.

Also available at my Courses page.

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Full Kaizen interview with entrepreneur Enrique Duhau

At the CEE site, my full interview with entrepreneurial agriculturalist Enrique Duhau.

k27-coverBe sure to read about how his first business was wiped out by a tornado, how he competed successfully against smugglers, and how he built his family’s agriculture business into one of Argentina’s largest.

From the introduction: Enrique Duhau is President of Administración E. Duhau S.A., one of the largest producers of grains and beef in Argentina. Educated in Buenos Aires, London, and New York, he was also co-founder of Apple Argentina and Maxim Software, which produced software for Apple products to be sold internationally. In 1990, he co-founded Junior Achievement Argentina, to teach young kids entrepreneurial abilities and philosophy.

The whole story is here.

More of my Kaizen interviews with leading entrepreneurs.

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Autumn in Illinois

The view from my office window this week.

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Reminds me of a haiku:

Not for nothing
Did the red leaf fall.

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Review of Tara Smith’s *Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics* — audio version

In 2006, Professor Smith published Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist (Cambridge University Press). In 2007, I reviewed it for the journal Philosophy in Review. Here is an audio version of the review in MP3 format or at YouTube. Eight minutes:

And here is a PDF version of the original print edition.

Related: My other posts and publications on Objectivism.

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PowerPoint added: Romanticism

friedrich-wanderer-above-the-mistsFor Week 11 in my Western Civ course: Romanticism.

Previous files in the series:
1. Introduction.
2. The Renaissance Context.
3. England to the Glorious Revolution.
4. Justice and Modernizing the Law.
5. From Feudal to Modern Business and Economics.
6. The American Enlightenment.
7. The Battle for Women’s Liberty and Equality.
8. The Enlightenment.
9. The Enlightenment in France.
10. The French Revolution.

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