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Is Soccer econometrics just a myth?

June 26, 2012 Leave a comment

A month ago I made a few joking comments in front of my friends about the best way to predict the teams that advance the furthest in major soccer tournaments, such as the Euro Cup or the World Cup. The two most controversial and attention-grabbing truisms that I mentioned at the time were the state of the economy of each country and the brand on the football shirts of each team. Looking at the four teams who have reached the semi-finals stage at the Euro 2012 shows that these two truisms stand strong. Read more…

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Categories: economics, international, Misc

Greece Can Learn a Thing or Two from Its Former Socialist Neighbors

December 2, 2011 1 comment

 From Emil

Last month, I read an interesting post by a friend from business school. The topic of the post was the Greek crisis. That, by itself, is not too newsworthy because we get a daily dose of Greek economy updates from BBC, France24, Reuters, CNN, and the likes. What makes the story interesting (and almost unique) is that my friend, Stefanos, is reviewing his compatriots’ current state of affairs from the perspective of Greeks’ longest-standing neighbors — the Bulgarians.

Being a Bulgarian myself, Read more…

Categories: economics, Europe, Guest Author

Dear Starbucks: Please Stop “Butchering” My Name!

November 2, 2011 1 comment

This post originally appeared on Emil’s Cerebrations blog on October 25. This is a re-post with minor additions by the author.

Starbucks “butchered” the spelling of my name again this afternoon! I am sure this, per se, is not any news to most people who have been to Starbucks. And it did not surprise me — since this happens every time I visit. What it did to me, however, was give me a revelation. Perhaps, it is time for some “consumer activism” on my side. Perhaps, it is time to give Starbucks a long-due piece of advice.

The revelation for me was that asking for my name when ordering a drink does not add any value to me as a customer. It is not that this gesture of fake intimacy and familiarity makes me feel like Starbucks or the barista are my friends. It is not that it makes me get my drink faster and with less hassle. To the contrary, it makes me feel pretty bad. It singles me out as the “guy with the weird foreign-sounding name” that is too hard to fathom, write down and pronounce. It makes me uncomfortable ordering. Read more…

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