Category Archives: Innovation

In praise of blogging: Hoist from 2009 archives

I’m pleased to see Jason Potts tweeting “Blogs are still a thing. This one I just came across is the thingest. It’s like @slatestarcodex, but for econ & tech artir.wordpress.com”. As a result of tweeting back my 2009 post on Blogging … Continue reading

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Incentives for creativity

Sanjiv Erat1, Uri Gneezy1 We investigate whether piece-rate and competitive incentives affect creativity, and if so, how the incentive effect depends on the form of the incentives. We find that while both piece-rate and competitive incentives lead to greater effort … Continue reading

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Getting beyond woeful: my submission to the PC’s inquiry on Intellectual Property

From a quick squiz at their report, the PC seems to have done an excellent job on the question of IP. It didn’t put too much effort distorting its recommendations to somehow second guess what was politically palatable and just … Continue reading

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The social world as a nested ecology of public and private goods: Part Two

Part Two of my essay on the way of looking at the world I’ve worked out over the last few years and published on Evonomics can be found here. So many years, so few words :( Part one of this essay showed how two dimensions of … Continue reading

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Free, freemium and cheap services to help run your office

Lateral Economics has had occasion to compile a list of free, freemium and cheap services to help run your one person micro or several person small business. I post it here for your interest and because it may be useful to you. The latest … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy II: The Evaluator General

Cross posted at The Mandarin In the first part of this essay, I elaborated on evidence-based policymaking and service delivery, pointing to all manner of pathologies that must be dealt with to deliver something effective. The way in which KPIs distort reporting and … Continue reading

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Evidence based policy: Part One (a second time!)

Here’s the first of a two part essay on evidence based policy published today in the Mandarin. This part is a slightly gussied up version of a Troppo post from a month ago. The long-awaited second part will follow. Calling for … Continue reading

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