Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

CEOs bridging divides: the OECD and the little people

The OECD is getting pretty serious about bridging divides – you know righting the world’s injustices – that kind of thing. It’s making a difference. It’s probably thinking to itself “there’s got to be change” – or thoughts to that … Continue reading

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Troppo Quiz: what do these things have in common?

Answer given on or about Sunday. Now available in comments    

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Making the central bank a people’s bank

Some of you will have seen my article in the Saturday Paper. I can only tease you with 150 words from it here. Then you’ll need to read it on the Saturday Paper’s site. As the financial crisis continued wreaking its havoc … Continue reading

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Spanish Film Festival

As you know, despite spending millions on marketing to get the word out, our arts industry, for easily understood commercial reasons, doesn’t effectively get the word out about whether their products are any good or not. So for the cost … Continue reading

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Moral Rights: what are they good for?

I’m no fan of moral rights, but there you are. Artists are, so perhaps I should change my tune. The Valuation of Moral Rights: A Field Experiment By: Stefan Bechtold (ETH Zürich) ; Christoph Engel (Max Planck Institute for Research … Continue reading

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The free rider problem – and opportunity: you heard it first at Troppo

Well I’ve been going on and on about it, but here’s an academic paper contrasting the free rider problem and opportunity. Knowledge Properties and Economic Policy: A New Look By Antonelli, Cristiano (University of Turin) This paper explores the full range of … Continue reading

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Theming …

Speak of the devil. Just after rehearsing my enthusiasm (not) for all things ‘themed’, I’m pleased to record things being taken to a new level on the Opera Australia website. The hazlenut-and-grain-fed Troppo bull Roger will be in attendance and will be ritually slaughtered … Continue reading

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