London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) studies the social sciences in their broadest sense, with an academic profile spanning a wide range of disciplines, from economics, politics and law, to sociology, information systems and accounting and finance.

Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of the most international universities in the world. Its study of social, economic and political problems focuses on the different perspectives and experiences of most countries. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe. To date, 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni and 34 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE.


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Retailers offer ‘rewards’ programs and loyalty cards that can trap customers into a debt cycle. Deborah James

Obligations, repayments and regulations: the debt conundrum in the global South

In the global South, where some argue that "everyone is now middle class", people are reluctant to acknowledge that they need to borrow money – and the stigma drives them to dodge their debts.
South African students campaigning for lower university fees during a sit-in protest on the steps of Jameson Hall at the University of Cape Town. Reuters/Mark Wessels

University fees: how to structure a system that benefits poor students

In a good system, university education is free for students while they are studying. They then pay part of the cost once they have graduated.
Police officers stand guard in downtown Shanghai. China’s pollution crisis has reached epic proportions, driven by the country’s relentless pursuit of economic growth. Reuters/Aly Song

Why the new Sustainable Development Goals won’t make the world a fairer place

The pursuit of endless industrial growth is chewing through our living planet, producing poverty and threatening our existence. The new Sustainable Development Goals fail to deal with this.
Historically, governments that have chosen default have experienced a much higher risk of losing political office. AAP/Simela Pantzartzi

If Greece defaults, dominoes will not fall

A possible “Grexit” would be more likely to lower rather than raise the political incentives for other European governments to follow.
Zambia’s success in building its food processing sector depends on tapping into procurement strategies of retail chains such as Shoprite. Reuters/Salim Henry

Can Zambia escape the clutches of the resource curse?

Zambia's drive to build its industrial capabilities has made steady progress. But it runs up against the history of economies that are dominated by mineral resources and landlocked countries.

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