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Apr
05

XXI Century Arrives to Kakheti, with soplidan.ge

Have you ever had a problem of buying healthy products or being lazy to go shopping in open air bazaar? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to order natural and fresh food that gets delivered straight to your door that is not of the fast-food, take-away variety? There might just be reason for optimism with the story of soplidan.ge (“from the village”).  This is a story of a small-business with an innovative idea. Soplidan is the first Georgian internet portal to offer online shopping for agricultural products. Consumers can choose goods they wa...
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Ia Katsia
Dear Nana,I am very grateful for your support.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 2:02 PM
Nana Moutafidou
Ia, praise is all yours! Very nice article. The Kakhetian girls do a very good job. A great example for entrepreneurial initiative... Read More
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 10:10 AM
Nana Moutafidou
Eric, this is stuff to answer in a new article
Thursday, 07 April 2016 3:03 AM
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Feb
03

Does Competition Spoil People?

Many of the influential critics of capitalism shared a sentiment that life under competitive pressure is not good for human beings. Marx felt deep uneasiness about the fact that workers have to “sell” their workforce -- he feared that this would contribute to “alienation” between the worker and their work. One of the main objectives of the Socialist society was therefore to create a new kind of human, a human who would not compete with others in the market arenas and who would not be driven by selfish motives. Rather, the human grown in Socialism would c...
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Guest — tbilisipr
Great piece, indeed we can still observe early stage economics and marketing in practice with many sectors - not least the food se... Read More
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 7:07 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
Andrew, I tend to agree with many of your points. Indeed, competition and "markets" are not the only (and not always the best) mec... Read More
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:10 AM
Guest — Andrew Parkinson
Yes, competition between restaurants, bakeries, shops, etc. is largely a good thing, but that is hardly a particularly novel obser... Read More
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 7:07 PM
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Nov
25

Economic Reflections in the Kakheti Mountains

Over the last weekend I was invited by an international development bank to run a workshop in the nice Hotel Eden in Kvareli, Kakheti. The topic of the workshop was “Georgia’s economic future”. We started the workshop by discussing the great promise of development economics: “Do the right policy, and you’ll be fine”. Economists like Thorvaldur Gylfason like to show the growth paths of pairs of countries with somewhat similar characteristics, like Mauritius and Madagascar, Singapore and Malaysia, Botswana and Nigeria, and Ireland and Greece. In these pair...
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Guest — Eric Livny
Having just come from Korea, and having observed the Korean economic miracle from close range (thought not at great depth), I can ... Read More
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 4:04 PM
Guest — NP
Very nice! Now, here is a (provocative?) comment about the following statement (and what follows it). "Afterwards, a country has t... Read More
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 4:04 PM
Guest — Adam
I still think there's plenty of room for growth in all sectors in Georgia and I see catch-up growth everywhere I go. There's now a... Read More
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 8:08 PM
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