The Dismal Science

Capitalist conspiracies?

Eric Crampton Aug 27, 2012

Bill Kaye-Blake at Groping Towards Bethlehem builds on Thomas Lumley’s post on conspiracy theories and their correlation with beliefs about economics. Bill writes: A conspiracy theory is all about (a) power and (b) ‘truth’. The theory explains that someone with power wants to control the situation. They want to keep us from knowing what’s really … Read More

The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 24, 2012

Thomas Carlyle called economics the “Dismal Science”, in contrast to what he termed the “Gay Sciences” of poetry and literature. The Dismal Science feed at SciBlogs brings top commentary from the New Zealand economics blogosphere to those more familiar with the Bench Sciences. Curated by the University of Canterbury’s Eric Crampton, who blogs at Offsetting Behaviour, the feed … Read More

New Zealand’s Olympic success – what’s in it for us?

Sam Richardson Aug 13, 2012

Well, the Olympics were again a wonderful source of entertainment and drama - they were compulsory viewing in our household. For a spectacle, you really can't beat an Olympic Games. Mind you, for US$14 billion, it had to be just that! Not surprisingly, much of our attention now turns to the implications of the performances of New Zealand's … Read More

Apples, oranges and V8’s

Sam Richardson Jul 16, 2012

I've been on a blogging hiatus for the past month or so - two weeks in Vietnam, followed by a conference and then two weeks of annual leave doesn't leave a lot of time for blogging. The instant I step back in to the office this morning - wham! It is al... Read More

Who saw this coming?

Sam Richardson May 31, 2012

I have to admit, I thought we, as a country, might just have gone a bit over budget in the hosting of the Rugby World Cup. Rugby New Zealand 2011 didn't though! This from the New Zealand Herald yesterday:The organisers of Rugby World Cup 2011 have post... Read More