Tagged: Economics

Believing Cassandra - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Dec 20, 2010

The gift of foresight given to Cassandra was nullified by the accompanying curse that no one would believe her. Her warnings were ignored and ancient Troy fell. It’s a haunting myth which Alan Atkisson harnesses in his book Believing Cassandra: How to be an Optimist in a Pessimist’s World. If we believe Cassandra and take [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #2: Oreskes and the Merchants of Doubt - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 19, 2010

Cracking episode of The Climate Show this week, featuring a must-listen interview with Naomi Oreskes discussing the background to her book Merchants of Doubt. The people who attacked her 2004 paper on the scientific consensus about global warming didn’t know what they were letting themselves in for. Also in the show: excellent infographics, Arctic warming [...] … Read More

Nicholas Stern to present Robb Lectures - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 30, 2010

Here’s an opportunity for New Zealanders to hear an international expert talk about the economics of climate change, policies for adaption and mitigation and the issues involved in obtaining a global agreement on these. The Sir Douglas Robb Lectures 2010 … Continue reading → … Read More

Weekend reading: The Wisdom of Crowds vs The Black Swan - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Jun 25, 2010

The Black Swan by Nicholas Taleb (Random House, 2007, 366 pages). The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki (Anchor, 2005, 336 pages). Do markets work?  Writing from perspectives that precede the recent financial crisis, Nicholas Taleb, Wall Street trader turned academic, and James Surowiecki, economics correspondent for the New Yorker, offer insights into the strengths … Read More

Kyrgyzstan trips over utility price hikes - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Apr 09, 2010

The sudden fall of the Kyrgyz government may have had its roots in meteoric rises in utility rates, including water: “One expert said the government had triggered the protests by imposing punitive increases on tariffs for water and gas. “In the last few months there has been growing anger over this non-political issue,” said Paul Quinn-Judge, central Asia project director … Read More

Organ Recitals - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 08, 2010

There seems to be quite a lot of debate around the subject of organ donation at the moment. The Herald today warns people off looking for “bootleg kidneys“. The university of Victoria ran a conference yesterday on the issue and Eric Crampton at Offsetting Behaviour has run a series of articles here, here and here. [...] Related posts: … Read More

Health Cheque - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 24, 2010

I have finally managed to sit down and finish Gareth Morgan’s book, Health Cheque,  on the New Zealand health care system (long international flights are at least good for something). I find most of Morgan’s books a little superficial for my tastes and Health Cheque is certainly no exception, lacking, as it does, any deep [...] Related posts: … Read More

Show Me the Technology - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 06, 2010

The Dominion Post writes yesterday about the looming shortage of oncologists. Four cancer doctors have resigned in a very short space of time. The article explores all the usual reasons why doctors leave, particularly the worrying ones of overwork,  which can only be fixed by employing more hard-to-get doctors. What struck me, though, was the [...] Related posts: … Read More