Tagged: competition

Plague Skink II: Revenge of the mudslingers - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Mar 27, 2019

I’m recently reminded of why I’m not on Facebook. In a moment of weakness I took a look at the Sciblogs Facebook page. The first thing I came across was a commenter ruminating on a recent post of mine: ‘Oh FFS, Sciblogs! Not MORE straw-man pseudoscience from Steer?!?!?!?’ Charming. Another was more positive though, referring a friend to a … Read More

Breaking the pharmacy cartel - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 15, 2019

I wish that government spent even half as much time looking at how its existing regulatory structures create cartels as it did in the rest of its antitrust enforcement. The Herald reports that a new entrant has finally started shaking things up in pharmacy, reducing costs to consumers. They get the framing entirely backwards, focusing on reduced earnings among … Read More

Kiwi and tuatara could be ancient foes - Wild Science

Helen Taylor Jan 25, 2019

What happens when you reunite two species that have been separated for centuries by human activity? According to our latest research, they might turn out to be old rivals. A landscape of species separation New Zealand is a pretty unique place when it comes to biodiversity. However, it’s unique in some negative ways too. Thanks to human activity, many … Read More

The plague skink: Science or scaremongering? - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Jan 22, 2019

Introduced species can cause significant changes in their receiving environments. For any new species, a wide range of effects can be contemplated – both positive and negative. In the absence of evidence, caution is surely needed. Introduced by accident in the mid-1960s, ‘plague skinks’ (Lampropholis delicata) have been known for all but about the last eight years as ‘rainbow … Read More

How competition benefits women’s pay - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin May 23, 2018

Last year the folks at Motu came up with a great piece of research which, among other things, showed that wage discrimination against women in New Zealand was less when firms faced greater competition. The logic is simple: you might try to discriminate if you could get away with it without repercussions, but you’d pay dearly for indulging … Read More

The SMC Video Competition: John Mortimer, Chaucer, and a mysterious manuscript - News

Jean Balchin Apr 05, 2018

Last week, the results of the Science Media Centre Video Competition was judged. It was an incredible competition, open to previous participants of the SMC’s science video workshops. There were eight entries, and the judges were incredibly impressed with the creativity and quality of the entries. I was fortunate enough to watch all eight entries and chat to a … Read More

Competition and search in internet markets for used books - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Mar 02, 2018

A couple of years back in an email about my book The Theory of the Firm: An overview of the economic mainstream I wrote: The other thing I don’t get is the price dispersion. $180 at the book depository but $355 at the NZ based Mighty Ape website. Isn’t this internet thingy supposed to do away with price … Read More

Wearable technologies help Olympians achieve top performance - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 16, 2018

Jaci VanHeest, University of Connecticut This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As Fitbits and other wearable activity monitors change how regular people exercise and track their activity, they’re having similar effects on how Olympians train and recover between workouts. It’s long been common for coaches to use video … Read More

Our psychological biases mean order matters when we judge items in sequence - News

Guest Author Feb 15, 2018

Robin Kramer, University of Lincoln This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We often need to make decisions about sequences of things or people rather than just a single item in isolation. For instance, in an everyday setting, we might choose which smartphone to buy after trying out several. There are … Read More

Making skis strong enough for Olympians to race on - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 14, 2018

Marc Zupan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Olympians expect top-notch performance from their minds and bodies, but they get crucial advantages from the very best equipment for their sports and the weather conditions they’re competing in. Skis, for example, must stand up to near-constant … Read More