Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Care: the essay

I’m experimenting with an alternative way of presenting an essay on Troppo that I’ll present as multi-part (in the fine tradition of nineteenth-century novelists!). The concluding Part Two here is preceded by the first part not just where it was first published, but … Continue reading

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Care

Part One A couple of days ago I came upon care ethics via Virginia Held’s book The Ethics of Care (2006) with some excitement. The ethics of care grew out of feminism, but I think the issues it raises transcend feminism and I’ll conclude … Continue reading

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Health care in pets and humans: the more things change …

Looks quite interesting Is American Pet Health Care (Also) Uniquely Inefficient? by Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Atul Gupta – #22669 (AG HC PE) Abstract: We document four similarities between American human healthcare and American pet care: (i) rapid growth in … Continue reading

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Politics and solving problems

Here’s a skilful pitch for government dollars. Why shouldn’t online appointments with medical health people be funded under Medicare. Why indeed? It’s all slickly done as you’d expect from Change.org. These guys have optimised social campaigns to a high art. Anyway, it got me … Continue reading

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Could sortition help against corruption, part II

In part 1, I looked at whether it made sense to have random individuals inserted into parliament, or to let policies be decided by juries full of randomly chosen individuals. Both were argued to be unworkable and likely to lead … Continue reading

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Why is our faith in democratic politics collapsing?

I With democracy now serving the interests of the 1%, the public are disenchanted and finally sending the elites packing – courtesy of the Brexit vote and the (relative) popularity of Donald Trump and in Australia the rising vote of minor parties. That’s the … Continue reading

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Regulatory responsiveness and industry policy

I’ve been arguing that our current approach to efficient regulation is blockheaded for as long as I can remember. I’ve even pointed out how one might possibly do quite a lot better with a less ideologically Manichean approach in which regulatory policy is a … Continue reading

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