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CUREJ - College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal

2006

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Education In A Federal System: A Case-Study Of Belgium, Caroline Varin Apr 2006

Education In A Federal System: A Case-Study Of Belgium, Caroline Varin

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The administration of primary and secondary education in Belgium is divided among the three federal regions and has yielded very different results in student performances, particularly in Flanders and Wallonia/Bruxelles-Capitale: the Flemings are consistently stronger in subjects such as languages and mathematics and there are fewer students failing school in Flemish areas than in the Francophone regions (PISA 2000, 2003). Different educational systems across ethnic lines can increase social and economic inequality. In a federal country such as Belgium with pre-existing ethnic tensions, this inequality can lead to political instability. This paper investigates the disparities in education within the ...


Revisiting The Iron Cage: New Insights In Institutions Theory From Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Capitalism, Michael D. Grosack Mar 2006

Revisiting The Iron Cage: New Insights In Institutions Theory From Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Capitalism, Michael D. Grosack

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This thesis reinterprets Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism using contemporary economic institutions theory as proposed by Douglass North in Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance. It shows that contrary to the accusations of his critics, Weber provides a clear mechanism for historical change which emphasizes human perceptions and changing costs. This thesis argues that Weber's approach can serve as a model for understanding other periods of historical change. This reinterpretation is used to refute Weber’s critics in explaining the continued—and widely unacknowledged—importance of The Protestant Ethic in the developing field ...


Artificially Sweetened: An Analysis Of The United States Sugar Program, Adam H. Dean Mar 2006

Artificially Sweetened: An Analysis Of The United States Sugar Program, Adam H. Dean

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By limiting imports of sugar into the United States, the United States Department of Agriculture maintains a price floor for domestic sugar producers that has traditionally been double the price of sugar on the international market. Operating at an annual cost of two billion dollars, the US sugar program has deleterious effects for both US consumers and foreign producers, many of which live in developing countries. By forcing developing countries out of the US market, the US sugar program costs countries in the third world millions of dollars each year in lost trade and development opportunities. Although agricultural trade liberalization ...