Edward Hadas

Grocers, cars and market forces

By Edward Hadas
March 23, 2015

The competitive markets of traditional capitalism help make modern economies successful. But they cannot do everything.

The big question for asset managers

By Edward Hadas
March 12, 2015

The little question for asset managers is why they earn so much. Buyside pay could soon overtake that of the investment bankers, the traditional “masters of the universe.” But the bigger question is what the industry should do with the $150 trillion it manages.

The virtues of job fidelity

By Edward Hadas
December 24, 2014

After a dozen job changes over 35 years, it is too late for me to become a loyal employee. But I know the model of the faithful worker. The dental assistant who used to tend to my teeth worked at the same small practice for about 35 years before retiring, with deep regret, two years ago. She stopped by regularly afterwards, because she wanted to stay in touch with the community that had defined so much of her life.

Lift the curse of shareholder value

By Edward Hadas
November 14, 2014

“Shareholder value maximisation” belongs in the trash heap of economic history. The fact that it is still popular needs some explanation.

Surge pricing and the just economy

By Edward Hadas
October 15, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Central bankers’ reward for failure

By Edward Hadas
August 28, 2014

Economic systems that work well do not have many heroes. The elevated status of the world’s central bankers – seen in the close attention paid to their annual get-together last weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming – is a sign that the financial system works badly.

Not all banks are alike

By Edward Hadas
July 30, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Growth in a rich and crowded world

By Edward Hadas
July 23, 2014

Perky, productive robots, or nothing more than a few new smartphone apps? Cascading innovation, or just a few tweaks? Economists and technologists are debating what the future holds.

Google, privacy and the common good

By Edward Hadas
July 9, 2014

The public has a right to know. Individuals have a right to privacy. The common good is served by both these contradictory statements, so someone has to decide how to balance them when they come into conflict. When it comes to internet search, the European Union’s Court of Justice has given the job to search engine providers such as Google. In a way, that’s a good call.

The stupidity of student debt

By Edward Hadas
July 2, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.