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Case Studies by Pushan Dutt

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published: 28 Oct 2013

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Abstract:
LOLC Microcredit, a microfinance company within the LOLC group in Sri Lanka, has been serving the financial needs of the base of the pyramid through micro-leasing and group lending. The question now is whether to grow the existing business, use diversification to increase impact or prioritize its expansion into Myanmar.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case can be used to teach strategy fundamentals, competitive advantage, strategic innovation, corporate strategy, global strategy, emerging market strategy and corporate entrepreneurship. It is also well-suited for teaching issues surrounding corporate social responsibility and creating shared value by integrating strategy with social impact.

Keywords:
Microfinance, Myanmar, Emerging Markets, Shared Value, Sri Lanka, Social Responsibility, Corporate Strategy, Base of Pyramid

published: 21 Aug 2015

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Industry: Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
This exercise uses monthly data for the US from 1978-2013 to estimate a demand function for gasoline in the US. The demand function is used to calculate the price and income elasticity of demand. Subsequently, it shows how to estimate elasticities in the short and the long run.

Pedagogical Objectives:
First, to teach the concept of elasticity by showing that elasticity of demand can be estimated using data and regression analyses. Second, to use these concepts to explain why oil prices tend to be so volatile in the short run. Students use the data and built-in regression functions in Excel (file available on request) to estimate elasticity of demand for gasoline. Next, they estimate short and long-run elasticities to see that demand is much more price-inelastic in the short run. The exercise is useful for both MBA students and for students in an intermediate Microeconomics course.

published: 29 Mar 2017

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
The world is currently seeing a rise of populist leaders in both Europe and the US (Donald Trump), as well as in some emerging markets. Is this linked to the rise in inequality over time, whereby many of the gains have accrued to the richest 1%? This short case provides the background and statistics underpinning the rise in income and wealth inequality in advanced economies, and sets up a discussion on why we should care about inequality. Subsequently, it explores the link between inequality and equality of opportunity, political instability, financial crises and economic growth. It closes by highlighting where businesses are truly a force for good and the circumstances in which a greater focus on distribution is warranted.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective is to facilitate an understanding of the interlinked issues of politics, economics, distribution and growth. The case highlights the rise in income inequality and whether this is linked to political shifts in Europe and the US. It facilitates understanding of when and where inequality matters, the consequences of rising inequality, and the circumstances where business leaders must pay more attention to distributional aspects.

Keywords:
Inequality, Income Distribution, Gini Coefficient, Populism, Donald Trump, Inequality and Political Instability, Inequality and Financial Crises

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published: 29 Mar 2017

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
The world is currently seeing a rise of populist leaders in both Europe and the US (Donald Trump), as well as in some emerging markets. Is this linked to the rise in inequality over time, whereby many of the gains have accrued to the richest 1%? This short case provides the background and statistics underpinning the rise in income and wealth inequality in advanced economies, and sets up a discussion on why we should care about inequality. Subsequently, it explores the link between inequality and equality of opportunity, political instability, financial crises and economic growth. It closes by highlighting where businesses are truly a force for good and the circumstances in which a greater focus on distribution is warranted.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective is to facilitate an understanding of the interlinked issues of politics, economics, distribution and growth. The case highlights the rise in income inequality and whether this is linked to political shifts in Europe and the US. It facilitates understanding of when and where inequality matters, the consequences of rising inequality, and the circumstances where business leaders must pay more attention to distributional aspects.

Keywords:
Inequality, Income Distribution, Gini Coefficient, Populism, Donald Trump, Inequality and Political Instability, Inequality and Financial Crises

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