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Love at Work

5/19/2018
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Many people meet their future love partner at work. But with the current high profile cases of sexual harassment, employers are becoming much more concerned about managing relationships between their employees. Ed Butler asks whether office dating between co-workers is a potential hazard, not just for staff, but for the company as a whole. And should more employers bring in so-called "love contracts" to be signed by workers who are in a romantic relationship in the office? (Picture:...

Duration:00:26:41

Do Sanctions Work?

5/12/2018
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US President Donald Trump is bringing back sanctions on Iran and is threatening to extend the sanctions to European companies that do business there. The Iran announcement came in the same week that the USA announced more sanctions on Venezuela, ahead of controversial elections later this month. Since coming into power, President Trump has used economic sanctions as a weapon of choice. But do sanctions actually work? And how do they affect businesses trading with the countries concerned?...

Duration:00:26:29

India's Farming Crisis

5/5/2018
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Hundreds of millions of people work on India's millions of small farms, but life on them seems to be becoming increasingly economically challenging. More than sixty thousand Indian farmers have committed suicide over the last 3 decades. Climate change and shifting crop valuations have led to growing levels of debt and hardship. The government is making concessions to prop up farmers' incomes. But In the Balance asks whether there are too many people in India trying to make a living off the...

Duration:00:26:42

Shifting the Dial

4/28/2018
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How can the world move faster to ramp up renewable power? In the Balance examines the efforts of businesses and governments to manage the shift from fossil fuels - coal, gas and oil - to renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro. It's sometimes a bewilderingly complex world of goals, targets and treaties. But the key thing, according to the International Energy Agency, is that currently the world is not shifting fast enough away from fossil fuels. Ed Butler hears from energy industry...

Duration:00:26:27

The Commonwealth: a New Trade Vision

4/21/2018
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In the Balance asks whether the 53 countries of the Commonwealth could become a new force in global trade. With rising trade protectionism around the world, and the UK splitting off from the European Union, how important could this grouping of diverse nations be to the future of international trade? Ed Butler talks to business leaders and politicians at the Commonwealth Business forum, organised by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. The programme comes from the historic...

Duration:00:26:29

Markets Feel the Fear

2/17/2018
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In the Balance examines the recent sharp falls in the global markets. Ed Butler asks why volatility is back in the financial markets - after years of relative calm. Ed is joined by one of the world's leading experts in algorithmic computerised trading as well as a fund manager with more than 30 years experience of watching the market highs and lows. But is this time different - is computer driven trading at least partly to blame for an increase in volatility? Should we be in fear of the...

Duration:00:26:28

Is Italy Failing its Youth?

2/10/2018
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Italy's upcoming general election is being seen as the latest test of a populist upsurge in Europe. Manuela Saragosa is in Rome to hear what young people want from the election and the economy. Italy has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Europe and many young people leave the country to find work. So do politicians have any answers for young people searching for their first jobs? Manuela hears from students, an employer, and a grass-roots politician about what's at stake for...

Duration:00:26:30

Skills for the Future

2/3/2018
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Fatalists might argue work has no future, that soon pretty much everything will be automated and that the robots will take over. Others say the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics just means the kinds of jobs we'll all be doing is changing. So what sorts of skills will prepare us - and our children - for the future of work, and for jobs which we might not even have dreamt of yet? Join Manuela Saragosa and guests to discuss what we should be studying now. Contributors: Anne-Marie...

Duration:00:26:29

Davos: Spreading the Wealth?

1/27/2018
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The world's top business people, politicians and economists have been meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos. In the Balance asks: Can capitalism deliver prosperity for all of us? The International Monetary Fund confirmed a strong picture for global growth this year - but is it the right kind of growth? The IMF report reveals that one fifth of emerging market economies saw per capita incomes fall last year. So, with global growth rising, why isn't everyone getting richer? Join Manuela...

Duration:00:26:29

Can Social Media be Fixed?

1/13/2018
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Political manipulation and fake news have shaken trust in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to make 2018 the year of big changes on the social media giant. And politicians around the world are threatening to bring in new regulations too. In Germany a new law is now forcing platforms to remove hate speech or face big fines. Join Ed Butler and guests for a discussion on who is to blame for the ills of social media - and how to fix them....

Duration:00:26:28

2018: Top Risks

1/5/2018
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What are the biggest risks to the global economy in 2018? Ed Butler is joined by some of the world's leading economists and political scientists to ask the key questions that will affect us all in the year ahead. Ed hears from Ian Bremmer, American political scientist and the President and founder of Eurasia Group, a political risk research firm; Megan Greene, Chief Economist at Manulife and John Hancock Asset Management in the USA and Guntram Wolf, Director of Bruegel, a leading European...

Duration:00:26:29

Giving It Away

12/30/2017
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Giving It Away Global philanthropy is on the rise, but can the huge sums donated by wealthy business people risk undermining governments and democracy? Manuela Saragosa is joined by economist Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, a member of the Rockefeller family that owns one of the world's largest fortunes. Neva is also one of 400 wealthy people in the USA who signed a letter organised by the Responsible Wealth project against tax cuts for the rich. And we hear from British businessman John...

Duration:00:26:28

Innovators - Female Entrepreneurs

10/28/2017
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Could starting up a business be the best way into work for more women across South Asia? Shivaani Kohok asks why only one in four women in India have paid jobs and what's holding them back from entering the workplace. She's joined by three women working with entrepreneurs across South Asia. (Picture: A mother and baby treated by the Sehat Kahani healthtech business)

Duration:00:26:27

Innovators - The Secrets of Jugaad

10/21/2017
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Are there clever solutions to real life challenges across South Asia? In partnership with the BBC Innovators series, Shivaani Kohok hears from some of the people in India who are coming up with new ideas to improve health, education and business in areas where life is tough. Shivaani and guests discuss how "jugaad" can help. It is a Hindi term that translates as "frugal innovation" - how to make the most of limited resources. But does jugaad have the potential to change lives? (Photo: A...

Duration:00:26:29

Catalan Independence - for Richer or Poorer?

10/14/2017
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In the Balance reports this week from Catalonia, Spain's strongest economic region. The Catalan leader has declared that the region has won the right to independence, following a referendum declared illegal by the Spanish state. But what about the economy? Catalonia accounts for nearly 20% of Spain's GDP, but who would stand to lose most if the region breaks away? Manuela Saragosa travels to the Catalan capital Barcelona to hear from business people, economists and workers on whether...

Duration:00:26:29

China's Debt Mountain

10/7/2017
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China's economy is still growing at a respectable rate - but how long can that last? Ed Butler reports from China on the problems caused by increasing amounts of debt. Ed hears from students taking on debt they don't understand and finds out about the extent of Shanghai's property bubble. He is joined back in the studio by a panel of experts on China to ask whether high levels of debt could sink the country's booming economy. Contributors: Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at...

Duration:00:26:28

The Five Generation Workplace

9/30/2017
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Very soon, for the first time in modern history, five generations will be working side by side. Baby boomers, traditionalists, and Generations X, Y and Z. Is it a manager's dream - or a nightmare? Manuela Saragosa and guests ask why millennials are so hard to manage - and how do you keep older workers motivated throughout a career that could last for 50 years? Contributors: Professor Andrew Scott, Deputy Dean at London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life Ali Hall, leadership...

Duration:00:26:29

Artificial Intelligence - Friend or Foe?

9/23/2017
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The development of Artificial Intelligence is being seen as one of the biggest threats to jobs this century. Yet it's a technology that can also help humanity hugely and is forecast to increase global economic growth. So should we be afraid of AI - or should we embrace a future where machines could become as intelligent as humans? In the Balance brings together some of the top thinkers in the debate to ask whether AI is our friend or our enemy. Contributors: Nick Bostrom, founding Director...

Duration:00:26:28

Can You Disaster-Proof an Economy?

9/16/2017
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What lessons should we learn from the damage hurricane Irma has inflicted on Florida and the Caribbean, the flooding hurricane Harvey wreaked on Texas and the floods that have devastated parts of South Asia? And how can politicians and aid agencies be persuaded to spend more money preparing for natural disasters, rather than clearing up after the event? Manuela Saragosa talks to one environmental planning expert in Houston, Texas, who says some parts of the city will become uninhabitable....

Duration:00:26:29

Is Inherited Wealth a Curse?

9/9/2017
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Does passing down large amounts of money within families drive the gap between rich and poor even wider? It seems that some of the world's richest people, like Bill Gates, recognised this and have pledged to give away most, if not all, of their wealth to good causes rather than their children. Is inherited wealth a curse, both on a personal and macro-economic level? Should we tax it much more heavily, or even ban inheritance altogether? Manuela Saragosa is joined by a global panel of...

Duration:00:26:28

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