Tagged: book reports

Inequality, mental models, and counterfactuals - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Sep 09, 2013

In the recent book Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, Jonathan Boston has a really useful chapter. It probably should have started the book as a way of laying some intellectual groundwork, instead of being Chapter 5. It raises the same point as Matt Nolan does at TVHE, quoting Amartya Sen, but with more detail. Here’s Boston: […] … Read More

Five stages of workplaces - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Aug 17, 2013

Another business book review. This time, it’s Tribal Leadership, by Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright. The book is, helpfully, available as a free audio book from the website. Overall rating: good. useful. pretty smart. Yes, there are the annoying traits of pop-culture business books. There are beautiful anecdotes about teams that overcome adversity to realise the […] … Read More

Inequality: I’m not yet convinced - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Jul 30, 2013

I have started the book Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis. It’s slow going but want to start teasing out my reactions, so I’ll review it piecemeal. Today, we’ll look at Part One, the introduction. My apologies at the start — this is long and somewhat rambling. The reason it is slow going is that I’m […] … Read More

Leadership, the economic critique - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Oct 31, 2012

One of the keys to economic thinking is models. We are always simplifying the world into models of cause, effect, and interaction. Economists try to do this explicitly, to write down the inputs (causes), outputs (effects), and equations (interactions) in a way that clearly explains our mental models. Then, they ex-sist in a way that [...] … Read More