Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

Paul Krugman: Nobel Prize or Academy Award? When economic theory is a tower of babel

Below is my response to Krugman’s comments in defence of new trade theory. It’s not generated any discussion on the Mandarin or Evonomics, but perhaps it will here. Apologies for the delay in getting it onto Troppo – I’ve been travelling. … Continue reading

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Social context reveals gender differences in cooperative behavior

A number of previous researches indicate that men prefer competition over cooperation, and it is sometimes suggested that women show the opposite behavioral preference. In the current study the effects of social context on gender differences in cooperation are investigated. … Continue reading

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PATRICIA EDGAR. Going Round the Twist with Telstra and the NBN Co

Cross posted from John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations NBN Co claims their ‘focus remains strongly on improving customer experience on the network including a smooth connection to the network.’ In fact the experience is a fiasco.   Bill Shorten says the … Continue reading

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PATRICIA EDGAR. The ABC, Facebook and the Meaning of Trust

Cross-posted from John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. Trust is an interesting concept. It takes time to develop trust which results from a broad experience of something (or someone) which demonstrates consistent, reliable behaviour with integrity, ability, and surety; it involves … Continue reading

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Centrist strategic voting

This is my response to Peter Dempster’s proposals. I can see one important merit of them. Electoral politics is inherently polarising because electoral politics involves politicians beating other politicians to qualify to be politicians in the first place – by getting into … Continue reading

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PETER DEMPSTER: A strategic voting proposal in defence of centrism

Well folks, as you know, Club Troppo is the only website east of the whole damn Murray Darling system that has the reputation to attract the kind of high quality debate we’re in for tonight. So everyone, in your best ClupPony … Continue reading

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