Tagged: Political economy

Quote of the Day: Garner on the Greens - The Dismal Science

William Taylor Oct 04, 2014

Duncan Garner is a bit of a stirrer, but he pulled out some interesting numbers in his article yesterday arguing the Greens should move to the centre: The Greens talk poverty and social justice, but the poor aren’t listening – and they’re certainly not voting for them. Look at these telling statistics from the poorest electorates in […] … Read More

Scientists as advocates … and humility around value judgments - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Oct 02, 2014

I keep seeing tweets like this – like multiple times a day for several weeks now: "scientists can and should exercise their democratic rights to advocate for what they believe", says @petergluckman http://t.co/UZfo9HXzQE — Nicola Gaston (@nicgaston) September 29, 2014 So I thought I should provide my thoughts. I agree.  Scientists are people and should […] … Read More

Hiding value judgments behind economic rhetoric: The case of obesity - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Jun 13, 2014

Note:  Renamed this from “Discussion Thursday” as I ended up inadvertently writing a post rather than a comment … Sorry, a bit busy to do real posts.  Also wanted to get a discussion going on this excellent quote from Eric Crampton about using sugar taxes to pay for the “health care externality” from obesity/sugar consumption: […] … Read More

More rhetoric on restricting the choice of the poor - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Jun 10, 2014

I see that leading Stuff today is an article on New Zealand’s “obesity epidemic”, and how we must changes some things because we are “killing ourselves”.  The policy suggestions are: In a report published today, the association calls for drastic cures for the bulge, including taxing or minimum prices for sugary drinks, restricting food advertising […] … Read More

Taxing: Choice and policy consistency - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Mar 12, 2014

Offsetting recently posted about a tweet by Gareth Morgan on eating and control, including a reply I popped up.  Essentially, Gareth’s tweet implied that the way individuals make choices indicates we have no choice over how much they eat.  I disagreed talking about precommitment – he stated I assumed perfect information, which is both a […] … Read More