Category Archives: Cultural Critique

Garbage in, garbage out and civil service effectiveness

The often good Institute for Government has added to the world’s league ladders. As Woody Allen says in Annie Hall “All you people do in California is give away awards. Adolf Hitler: Greatest Fascist Dictator”. Anyway, who doesn’t need an effective … Continue reading

Posted in Bullshit, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy | Leave a comment

The Overton window – Overton juggernaut Science edition: Part 4

I’ve written about the Overton window previously. 1 Of its crazy, gravitational pull. Of the way in which things are outside the Overton window, not because they would offend anyone, not because there’s big money out to stop them but just, … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy | 15 Comments

Computer game bludgers: SHOCK

Leisure Luxuries and the Labor Supply of Young Men by Mark Aguiar, Mark Bils, Kerwin Kofi Charles, Erik Hurst Abstract: Younger men, ages 21 to 30, exhibited a larger decline in work hours over the last fifteen years than older … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, Innovation, IT and Internet | 9 Comments

The pervasive externalities of pro-social behaviour: who knew?

Spillover Effects of Institutions on Cooperative Behavior, Preferences and Beliefs By: Engl, Florian (University of Cologne) ; Riedl, Arno (Maastricht University) ; Weber, Roberto A. (University of Zurich) Abstract: Institutions are an important means for fostering prosocial behaviors, but in … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy | Leave a comment

Five ways to tell if you’re REALLY doing strategy

Cross posted from the Mandarin. Introduction Strategy is crucial for organisations. But as I’ve previously argued, a great deal of what passes for strategic thinking is a kind of anti-thinking. Typically strategy begins by determining some overarching objective – the end – with … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Philosophy | Leave a comment

Status Goods: Platinum Credit Cards, Social Situations and Psychological Wellbeing

Status Goods: Experimental Evidence from Platinum Credit Cards by Leonardo Bursztyn, Bruno Ferman, Stefano Fiorin, Martin Kanz, Gautam Rao – #23414 (DEV LS PE) Abstract: This paper provides novel field-experimental evidence on status goods. We work with an Indonesian bank that … Continue reading

Posted in Bullshit, Business, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy | Leave a comment

Weekend competition: Why (oh why?) aren’t the Liberal Democrats doing better?

There’s a lot I don’t understand. We don’t have enough space of a proper survey but let me give you an example. Pistachios taste better than hazelnuts. Much better. And yet hazelnut ice cream and gelato are much much yummier than their pistachio … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Employment, Politics - international | 16 Comments