This study traces the emergence of changing attitudes about the child, at once economically "useless" and emotionally "priceless", from the late 1800s to the 1930s. It describes how turn-of-the-century America discovered new, sentimental ways to determine a child's monetary worth.
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The health care industry differs from most other industries in that medical pricing is primarily administered by the government and private insurers and in that it uses several types of contracts. Providers may receive a fixed sum for all necessary services within a given period of time, for the necessary services to treat a given condition, or for each specific service. The industry is changing dramatically, offering many natural experiments to aid understanding of the economics of pricing for health care. In Pricing the Priceless, Joseph Newhouse explains the different pricing systems and how they affect resource allocation and efficiency, focusing on the efficiency of pricing. He also discusses larger issues of equity, fair distribution of burden, and social justice. Although most of the examples are American-based, the same issues arise in all medical care financing and delivery systems, and the theories and models are general enough to apply to many institutional contexts. The topics include Medicare, managed care, the contemporary integration of health insurance and medical care, the management of moral hazard and stinting, uncertainty and risk aversion, the demand for health insurance, agency relationships, information disparities, regulation, and supply-side and demand-side selection.
Striking photographs and an inspirational narrative highlight species of animals that are threatened by extinction, offering a dramatic call to action to preserve the environment, biodiversity, and the creatures that make Earth their home.
This pathbreaking book shows how credit markets functioned in Paris, through the agency of notaries, during a critical period of French history. Its authors challenge the usual assumption that organized financial markets—and hence the opportunity for economic growth—did not emerge outside of England and the Netherlands until the nineteenth century. Drawing on innovative research, the authors show that as early as the Old Regime, financial intermediaries in France were mobilizing a great tide of capital and arranging thousands of loans between borrowers and lenders. The implications for historians and economists are substantial. The role of notaries operating in Paris that Priceless Markets uncovers has never before been recognized. In the wake of this pathbreaking new study, historians will also have to rethink the origins of the French Revolution. As the authors show, the crisis of 1787-88 did not simply ignite revolt; it was intimately bound up in an economic struggle that reached far back into the eighteenth century, and continued well into the 1800s.
The Wall Street Journal called him “a living legend.” The London Times dubbed him “the most famous art detective in the world.” In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation’s first African-American regiments. The breadth of Wittman’s exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments. Closer to home, he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t important. After all, who’s to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat. The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes’ descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man. The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair just wanted to make a few extra bucks, figuring no one would miss what he’d filched. In his final case, Wittman called on every bit of knowledge and experience in his arsenal to take on his greatest challenge: working undercover to track the vicious criminals behind what might be the most audacious art theft of all. From the Hardcover edition.
Presents a retelling of a traditional Italian tale in which a kindly Genoese merchant, richly rewarded for solving an irritating problem for the king of the Spice Islands, causes a greedy rival to try and gain a fortune in the same way.
Esther, like many of us, feels like she doesn't fit in, and isn't good enough to achieve greatness. One day, she creates a list of her flaws and shortcomings, and reads them off to Jesus. Saddened by her lack of self-worth, Jesus creates his own list, telling Esther all the reasons why she is wonderful. He says that she is great because she is His. He reminds her that she is a one of a kind creation, made in His image to bring glory to God above. No matter the reflection she sees in the mirror, or what others may think of her, Esther comes to know, that in the eyes of the Lord, she is Priceless.
The second in the LiBREttO series of short stories by Crystin Morgan The art world is under siege. Art galleries, museums and private collections around the world are being targeted by a criminal gang with a preference for paintings by contemporary artists. But events take a turn for the worse when a wealthy couple and a top London banker are murdered after interrupting burglaries at their homes, their art collections taken. International police forces are baffled. Who – or what – could be behind such a perfectly planned crime spree? As events unfold through the pages of the British national press, the outcome is more bizarre than anyone could have imagined.
Fifty received it. Each will get to decide what they do with it. None of their lives will be the same.Jay Bilston finds himself caught between two tempting destinies. Both hold promise. Both will demand his soul. Will he choose one before one chooses him? Only time will tell, but Jay will need to make a decision before the edges of his life unravel. And fast. With time running out, everything hinges on the note...and he can't even tell Anna about it. Will he lose her—again?
Cora Tyler works at the Hotel Metronome in San Francisco, and she’s always seeking to learn new things. A chance meeting on a train with an employee at a hotel in New York City, Ari, gives her the chance to share her business insights. Their lively discussion gets them both thinking about delivering excellent customer service. While Cora makes it point to focus on details such as remembering the names of guests, Ari admits that he usually can’t even pronounce their names. Unlike Cora, the members of his team rarely try that hard to create what she calls “customer delight.” Cora and Ari chat extensively, and they stay in touch after their lively discussion. By joining them on their journey, you’ll learn how to: improve time management skills; communicate better in person and in writing; deliver service that exceeds expectations; handle and resolve customer complaints. You’ll also learn the Ten Commandments of Business and discover the importance of managing the most important thing of all – your attitude. When you do that, you’ll be on your way to turning your customers into evangelists, and that alone is Priceless.