Silver linings

Refugee camps may seem to us to be some of the most dismal places on earth, but there may be a silver lining for some:

“Business tips from a refugee camp” (from 1843)

There are shops popping up all over the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. The camp is just (!) a day’s walk from the Daraa region of Syria.

The author of this article is a professor at the London School of Economics, and he visited the camp recently.

From bread to meat to coffee to colorful bicycles to haircuts to wedding dresses, you can find almost anything you want in the more than 1,400 shops in the camp area, talking to the refugees, the shop owners, and the NGO people in the area.

It’s an example of the most fundamental concept in economics: supply and demand.


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