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ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDING CODES AND CONNECTICUT– AN UNSURPRISING WHIMPER OF A BANG FOR OUR BUCK

A carefully constructed regulation can accomplish all kinds of anticompetitive goals ( ), while giving the citizenry the impression that the only goal is to serve the public interest. Bruce Yandle (1983) Professor Bishwa Koirala came to campus this past week. He gave a talk based on his recent research. His paper addressed a simple […]

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China? Seriously Dambisa?

I suppose intellectual vacillation is inevitable – perhaps even desirable.  And even changing one’s mind is ok – following a process of inquiry, introspection, examination, reflection, alteration, adaptation, as the case might require.  The fact is that for most people such rethinking of one’s position, when it does happen, typically comes about slowly and with […]

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My Five-Step Ethical Analysis: Major League Baseball and Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)

Everyone who has ever known me for longer than a few minutes knows that I am a baseball fan. I have devoted thousands of hours over the past 55 years (I am 60; my first recollection of baseball is watching the 1958 World Series on TV, when I was 5 years old) watching baseball and […]

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My Five-Step Ethical Analysis: A Billboard I Saw Yesterday, and Today

Yesterday, while driving on I-95 to UNH, I noticed a billboard on the side of the road. It showed the message of a golf equipment store. In big letters, it said “Need Balls?” Then it listed Titleist, Calloway, and some other familiar brands of golf balls this store sells. It is a double-entendre, a mildly […]

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My Five-Step Analysis: JPMorgan. A business ethics case? A business law case? Both?

Last night, as my business ethics class (the class I teach at UNH; it is Economics 629, Business and Society) was about to begin, I saw on the New York Times website an article, “JPMorgan in Talks to Settle Energy Manipulation Case for $500 Million.” According to the article, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is […]

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My Five-Step Ethical Process: Wal-Mart, Wages, and Washington, D.C.

Let’s apply my five-step method to Wal-Mart’s decision whether to open stores in Washington, D.C. Yesterday (July 10, 2013), the District of Columbia (D.C.) city council voted to require retailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more to pay the retailers’ employees who work in large stores (75,000 square feet or larger) in D.C. […]

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My Five-Step Ethical Process: Citizens Bank and the Paid Sabbatical for Charitable Work

My five-step method is designed to help businesses conduct themselves ethically and profitably. Being ethical is easy: Be nice to everyone. Being ethical and profitable: that is not so easy. A business that is ethical but not profitable probably will not be in business long, although some businesses manage to do it. Previously in this […]

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My Five-Step Ethical Analysis: Paula Deen, part 2

A man who read my July 1 blog entry about Paula Deen told me I should be more critical of Deen and less critical of the companies that have cut ties to her. I asked him if he read Deen’s deposition. He answered no. I asked why not. He said, “I don’t have to read […]

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My Five-Step Ethical Analysis: Paula Deen

Let’s apply my five-step method for making ethical, profitable business decisions (see my March 4 and March 11 blog entries) to the controversy surrounding Paula Deen and the decision of the Food Network, Random House, Walmart, and some other companies to stop promoting Deen and her products. I am not talking about whether Deen did anything […]

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Where Have all the Yutes Gone?

Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes…  Judge Chamberlain Haller: …Ah, the two what? Uh… uh, what was that word?  Vinny Gambini: Uh… what word?  Judge Chamberlain Haller: Two what?  Vinny Gambini: What?  Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh… did you say ‘yutes’?  Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.  Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute?  […]

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