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Reallocating Wall Street Talent

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“Highly skilled labor should be reallocated away from the financial industry towards more innovative sectors” of the economy, writes MIT economist Daron Acemoglu in a new essay.

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Innovations, good and bad

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As he analyzed the financial crisis for Newsweek, Johns Hopkins professor Francis Fukuyama contrasted Silicon-Valley-style technological innovation and financial innovation. Supporters of financial regulation, Fukuyama wrote, had argued that long-standing regulations like the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act (which split up commercial and investment banking) were stifling innovation and undermining the competitiveness of U.S. financial institutions.

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Lessons from the Japanese financial crisis

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As Wall Street staggered this week in the wake of Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and the sale of Merrill Lynch, commentators began making inevitable comparisons to Japan's long-lasting financial and real-estate crisis in the 1990s. "Is Wall Street's Crisis Turning Japanese?" Forbes.com asked.

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Sustainability reporting catches on

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More and more large public U.S. companies are reporting on their sustainability efforts. According to a recent report from the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), 86% of the Standard & Poor's 100 companies had sustainability information on their websites by the end of 2007,  up from 58%  in the middle of 2005.

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