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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


Pocket Money

7/7/2017
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How much pocket money, if any, should you give your children? What does it teach them about the world of finance? Some parents give their children an unconditional allowance, with no strings attached, but could this be considered a form of child abuse? Does it make them financially irresponsible adults with a sense of entitlement? And if you only give your children money in return for them washing the dishes or cleaning their room, do they ever understand the real meaning or usefulness of...

Duration: 00:26:28


Hong Kong: In China's Shadow?

6/30/2017
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Can Hong Kong still call itself the gateway to China, or is it in danger of being dwarfed economically by its mainland neighbour? On the twentieth anniversary of the British handover of power to Beijing, we hear about the mainland Chinese money buying up Hong Kong businesses, properties and land, and discuss the impact it's having on the territory’s economy and society. As property prices rocket and people are left struggling to afford smaller and smaller flats, what future is there for...

Duration: 00:26:28


India's Cash Gamble: Has it Paid Off?

6/23/2017
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Has the shock decision to scrap almost all of India's cash been a success or a failure? Last November's withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes caused chaos for millions of people and businesses, but now the dust has settled, is there any evidence it was effective in tackling corruption and curbing the black economy? Have those hardest hit by the demonetisation now managed to recover? What impact, if any, has the move had on India's economy? And in a society where cash is king, are there...

Duration: 00:26:28


Africa: The Commodity Curse Returns

6/16/2017
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Sharp falls in commodity prices have dealt serious blows to the prospects of workers, communities, and businesses in large parts of Africa over the last few years. The World Bank said economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa slumped to its lowest level for more than two decades last year and earlier this month South Africa, the continent’s third largest economy, re-entered recession. The picture is not uniformly bleak – the outlook is much more positive in East Africa – but the continent’s...

Duration: 00:26:28


Moving the Goalposts – to China

5/27/2017
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Is the world of football about to see a powershift? China wants to be a global leader in football and President Xi has a masterplan to have fifty million Chinese citizens playing football by 2020. It's the big money transfer of players that catch the eye and this summer will see more star names tempted to make the move to China. Ed Butler is joined by Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford Business School, Mark Dreyer, editor of China Sports Insider and Alexander Jarvis,...

Duration: 00:26:29


Trump and the Sunshine State

5/20/2017
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Florida was split down the middle in the US presidential election. Exactly four months into his first term, Donald Trump is now mired in controversy, over the sacking of FBI director James Comey and the investigation into Russian hacking. Politics has eclipsed the president's economic agenda in many areas. Ed Butler travels to the sunshine state of Florida to ask Trump supporters and opponents whether they think he can deliver on his promise to boost economic growth and improve living...

Duration: 00:26:28


Is President Trump Bringing Back Jobs?

3/18/2017
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On In the Balance we ask how President Trump's policies are affecting jobs and workers. Ed Butler hears from mayors and economic specialists from across the USA, to get a snapshot of how the economy is faring under the new administration - from the coal industry to car manufacturing. The Mayor of Santa Fe in New Mexico - which is home to a large number of Latino immigrants - explains how tighter policies are spreading fear across the immigrant community. And Colm O' Regan reflects on how...

Duration: 00:26:28


What do Foreign Workers do for the Netherlands?

3/11/2017
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As the Netherlands heads to the polls for what has been one of the most contentious elections for years, In the Balance is in the tech city of Eindhoven, home to a high concentration of international workers. Ten percent of the city's workforce comes from abroad, so will any of that change after the election with anti-immigration, anti-EU politicians like Geert Wilders predicted to do well? Manuela Saragosa visits one of the Netherlands' biggest tech companies, ASML, and hears from...

Duration: 00:26:29


The End of Ownership?

3/4/2017
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Is personal ownership on its way out? Today we own more stuff than ever before, but will the future be one where we hire everything we need? Our goods could be supplied to us by big companies as a service - and taken away again or replaced almost before we know they need to be fixed. That's just one part of the idea of the circular economy - a new way for businesses to think about how they make use of the world's finite resources. To discuss the concept, presenter Manuela Saragosa is...

Duration: 00:26:29


Disability Hiring

2/25/2017
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What can governments and employers do to ensure disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else in the workplace? And how can disabled people give themselves the best chance of getting into work? Join Manuela Saragosa and guests: Dr Alice Maynard, an associate of Business Disability International; Randy Lewis, a former executive at the US pharmacy giant Walgreens; and Tunusha Naidu, founder of ABLE Consulting in South Africa, a disability-focussed recruitment firm that also...

Duration: 00:26:27


Does Economics Still Work?

2/18/2017
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Have economists become the latest casualties of the so-called "populist wave"? Some of them got their forecasts badly wrong over Brexit, and widespread fears over a US economy under President Donald Trump have given way to record highs in financial markets. Plus, of course, most economists completely failed to foresee the global financial crisis. It's led some to suggest that economics has become too detached from reality, that its experts have become too politicised and that the...

Duration: 00:26:28


Precarious Future

2/11/2017
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Technology has shaken up working culture. Large multinationals are rethinking the ways they let their staff work. While for many people outside the structure of big companies, work is increasingly freelance and insecure. We'll hear from those who say the traditional eight-hour working day is on its way out. But what is replacing it? Join Manuela Saragosa and guests as they debate how to make work pay fairly for everyone. Manuela hears from Guy Standing, author of "The Precariat" ; Edward...

Duration: 00:26:29

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