Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

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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The living and the dead – the arteries and the capillaries: Part One

Cross posted from the Mandarin. This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition, though necessary both to establish and to maintain … Continue reading

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Fine food for thought …

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Government for the people, of the people, by people who are pretending

Choosing a Public-Spirited Leader. An experimental investigation of political selection By: Thomas Markussen (epartment of Economics, University of Copenhagen) ; Jean-Robert Tyran (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen) In this experiment, voters select a leader who can either act in the … Continue reading

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Workplace flexibility for workers

It’s been true for some time that all that ‘flexibility’ everyone said was so important in the labour market was mostly flexibility for bosses. And it was flexibility that raised risks and inconvenience for workers. That’s not a knockdown argument against it … Continue reading

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