Tagged: quotes

Quote of the Day: Kolm on inequality - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Apr 29, 2014

One of the forefathers of modern income inequality analysis, Serge-Christophe Kolm, started one of his most famous papers (REPEC) in the following way: Many people consider the reduction of economic inequalites as a basic aim of society. Such ideas are, however, largely nonoperational, sterile, and even meaningless, as long as what is called inequality is not […] … Read More

Quote of the day: Pinker on changes in social sciences - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Oct 09, 2013

Via Noah Smith.  We have the following post on the Pinker vs Wieseltier debate on science and humanities (if you have a chance I would suggest reading the debates themselves as well). The era in which an essayist can get away with ex cathedra pronouncements on factual questions in social science is coming to an […] … Read More

Quote of the day: Sen on inequality and rhetoric - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Sep 12, 2013

I am currently disappointingly short on time, I apologise.  So I will take this chance to quote from smart people, in this case Amartya Sen on inequality again.  This time at the end of chapter one from ‘Inequality Reexamined’. The tendency to assume away interpersonal diversities can originate not only from the pragmatic temptation to […] … Read More

Quote of the day: Amartya Sen on inequality - The Dismal Science

Matt Nolan Sep 05, 2013

I am currently reading “Inequality Reexamined” by Amartya Sen, as I’ve never read his books – only his papers.  This suits my current binge reading of inequality, income distribution, and methodology of economics and econometrics books I’m trying to read (albeit too slowly for my own liking). Anyway, the prologue immediately neatly summarises a point […] … Read More

Quotable lines - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 26, 2010

A short selection of quotable lines from or about science and medicine Perhaps relevant to Kubke Fabiana’s recent post: Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun … Read More