Category Archives: Economics and public policy

OECD has brain eaten away by environmental memes

The OECD has joined The Movement. In a new report it’s saying that plastic recycling isn’t working. So we’ve got to make it work. Fair enough. Perhaps we should. But you’d think that reading their material on it, there might be some discussion as … Continue reading

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Neutering the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

This article is a follow-up to my recent long piece titled Northern Territory development, debt and deficit – the long and winding road. Urban development ideas are invariably bedevilled by community dissension, much of it uninformed and anything but constructive.  … Continue reading

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Northern Territory development, debt and deficit – the long and winding road

The media debate about last Monday’s NT Budget sure could do with some context and perspective.  The Australian’s Amos Aikman was an honourable exception: Everyone could see this mess coming. You can’t have a mining boom, two new gas plants, … Continue reading

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Royal Commission guns for those who are “able but not willing”

The Financial Services Royal Commission is in theory a general inquiry into the financial system. In practice, however, something else is on trial: Australian regulatory systems. As I set out in my latest column for The CEO Magazine, many of … Continue reading

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Free digital goods promote wellbeing:SHOCK!!

Using Massive Online Choice Experiments to Measure Changes in Well-being by Erik Brynjolfsson, Felix Eggers, Avinash Gannamaneni – #24514 (EFG PR) Abstract: GDP and derived metrics (e.g., productivity) have been central to understanding economic progress and well-being. In principle, the … Continue reading

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Beauty, Job Tasks, and Wages: A New Conclusion about Employer Taste-Based Discrimination

Beauty, Job Tasks, and Wages: A New Conclusion about Employer Taste-Based Discrimination by Todd R. Stinebrickner, Ralph Stinebrickner, Paul J. Sullivan [I’m sceptical that there’s no discrimination in jobs where beauty doesn’t generate a dividend for the employer, but what … Continue reading

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Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship

Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship, by Pierre Azoulay, Benjamin Jones, J. Daniel Kim, Javier Miranda – #24489 (PR) Abstract: Many observers, and many investors, believe that young people are especially likely to produce the most successful new firms. We use administrative … Continue reading

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