Category Archives: Cultural Critique

Who buys social responsibility

Is Socially Responsible Production a Normal Good?, Jana Friedrichsen This paper uses a controlled laboratory experiment to investigate the effect of wealth on individual social responsibility (ISR), defined as choosing a more socially responsible product if a cheaper alternative is available. … Continue reading

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Ray Martin is shocked, shocked at the way media framing is fanning social division: Racism in Australia Part One

When I saw Ray Martin fronting a doco on racism I expected the worst. He’s so in love with schmoozing the audience with his dulcets, I expected a whitewash. There are a few bad eggs, but we’re not racist. We’re Aussies! The … Continue reading

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Strategisation

Consider this statement: Services will continue to make a growing contribution to economic activity in Australia. It is therefore important to remove unnecessary restrictions on service provision — particularly barriers to entry and expansion that impede competition. This is strategisation. … Continue reading

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Doing good: One door at a time

You will no doubt be familiar with a fund-raising technique involving people coming to your door and asking for money for one cause or another. No matter how good the cause or how respected and established the cause, the technique … Continue reading

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On the Origins and Consequences of Racism

We use a novel method to measure racism at both the individual and the country level. We show that our measure of racism has a strong negative and significant impact on economic development, quality of institutions and education. We then … Continue reading

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Reality TV and the atrophy of our culture and institutions

I’ve written about the remarkable phenomenon of reality TV before, but just want to make a quick note of something here. The tweet above would have been unimaginable just a decade ago. I won’t say reality TV caused the conditions that made … Continue reading

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Ethics: of the unethical variety

This post is based on a comment on an article promoting informed consent for experiments. I don’t seem to have got a response from the author, so in case others wished to discuss, I thought I’d post it here. While most of the … Continue reading

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