Apfelthaler: Will COVID-19 end globalization?
By Gerhard Apfelthaler It is the year 1000. Traders are crossing oceans to Arabia, East Africa, India and China. The Vikings are sailing to Canada, and the Maya are exploring lands as far as Colombia and today’s Mississippi River Valley. This is when globalization began, asserts author Valerie Hansen in a book published this year. Read More →
Reopening will not be easy, but it can be done
The pain from the COVID-19 pandemic will be here for a while, but we can learn from it. That was a theme of a UC Santa Barbara economic webinar examining the effects of COVID-19 on Santa Barbara County and what that means going forward. The May 7 webinar featured four local experts on subjects ranging Read More →
Dubroff: Radical changes necessary to recover from pandemic
With no sign of a quick return to health for retail and tourism, universities going virtual and signs of reshoring for manufacturers, some of the contours for a post-pandemic economy are beginning to emerge. The numbers are striking — even before the full impact of Nordstrom and others closing stores takes effect. Before the pandemic, Read More →
CSU cancels in-person classes for fall
The California State University system, including Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and CSU Channel Islands, will cancel nearly all in-person classes in the fall and provide instruction online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Timothy White announced May 12. “Our university, when open without restrictions and fully in person, as is the traditional norm of Read More →
Vaiman: Autonomy, pay, recognition keys to retaining talent
By Vlad Vaiman I have been studying what keeps the best employees within organizations for more than 15 years now. Exciting and challenging work and career-growth opportunities are the two most important factors. But I encourage employers to pay attention to the next three on the list as well: autonomy, fair pay and recognition. • Read More →
Tri-county pitch competitions forced to go virtual
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Damooei: Poverty is a lethal human-made disease
By Jamshid Damooei What makes us human is an important question, and the answer is not always clear. If life is a microcosm of our natural world, what place does our way of life hold and where does economics appear on the scene? I have been wrestling with this question for a big part of Read More →