Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

American Film Festival

Festival Website | Films | Schedule Top Picks Time Out of Mind (Opening Night) George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his … Continue reading

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Free, freemium and cheap services to help run your office

Lateral Economics has had occasion to compile a list of free, freemium and cheap services to help run your one person micro or several person small business. I post it here for your interest and because it may be useful to you. The latest … Continue reading

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Trained incapacity at the highest levels of the academy

“There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” George Orwell Paul Krugman as ever had the right expression. An intellectual crackup. Just in the 1930s when it was becoming obvious that communism, if it was … Continue reading

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Single sex schools improve performance in low performing schools

The Effect of Single-Sex Education on Academic Outcomes and Crime: Fresh Evidence from Low-Performing Schools in Trinidad and Tobago by C. Kirabo Jackson Abstract: In 2010, the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago converted 20 low-performing pilot secondary schools from … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy II: The Evaluator General

Cross posted at The Mandarin In the first part of this essay, I elaborated on evidence-based policymaking and service delivery, pointing to all manner of pathologies that must be dealt with to deliver something effective. The way in which KPIs distort reporting and … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy: Part One (a second time!)

Here’s the first of a two part essay on evidence based policy published today in the Mandarin. This part is a slightly gussied up version of a Troppo post from a month ago. The long-awaited second part will follow. Calling for … Continue reading

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The brighter side of the absurd behaviour of our cousins in the Anglosphere

  Being a ‘young country’ as we keep congratulating ourselves, we seem free of some of the greater absurdities of the Old World. Then again there’s at least something to be said for them. Having a kind of Monty Python show as … Continue reading

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