Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen


As an aficionado of DOC, someone sent me this article on young Italian immigration, which I’ve celebrated before. Anyway enjoy the vid. It makes you feel grateful to live in such a great place.

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Patents and Innovation in Economic History

This is commonsense, but fortunately less crude economic methodology than has been pursued hitherto seems to be uncovering it: Abstract: A strong tradition in economic history, which primarily relies on qualitative evidence and statistical correlations, has emphasized the importance of … Continue reading

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Feet of clay weekend competition: Ray Kurtzweil edition

People may know of Ray Kurtzweil. I first saw him at a conference in Melbourne where he was introduced as the greatest thing since sliced bread (an introduction he’d clearly had a hand in writing or authorising) and kept talking about … Continue reading

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SMSFs and red tape

Regulation has a special place in the heart of this blog and superannuation is a particular fave. I’ve offered some connoisseurship of Self Managed Super Fund regulation in the past. I could say that this takes the cake, but really it’s just … Continue reading

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Organising a stimulus ≠ organising a ball: #TheInterview.

I haven’t the time to write this up, right now, though I’d like to, but here’s an mp3 file of my first regular interview of the year with Alex Sloan on Canberra ABC Radio which was a nice rollicking ramble on … Continue reading

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In poor communities disadvantaged boys do worse than girls: not to mention being a menace to the community (In the US)

Childhood Environment and Gender Gaps in Adulthood by Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Frina Lin, Jeremy Majerovitz, Benjamin Scuderi – #21936 (CH ED LS PE) We show that differences in childhood environments play an important role in shaping gender gaps in … Continue reading

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The internet of money wherefore art thou?

My forward to Deloitte’s second report on digital money - The future of exchanging value: Cryptocurrencies and the trust economy. Exchanging value Ice becomes water when warmed. Only familiarity prevents us from marvelling at the mysteriousness of this ‘phase change’, as … Continue reading

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