We are back from a few days in Dubrovnik. Here are some photos.
Christoph Niemann at the New York Times offers a splendid visual diary of a trip from New York to Berlin. The first image is below. More here.
from the New York Times Abstract City blog
Owen on the Swiss-French border
We are back in Addis after backpacking through France, Italy and Switzerland on the Tour de Mont Blanc. Highly recommended: if you are interested, the details are elsewhere on this site.
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If we want to reduce carbon emissions, should we cap the total and then allow trading, or should we impose a tax on all carbon emissions? Organizations and Markets looks at the economics. Here is the conclusion:
So the final… Continue reading
Delivering the State of the Economy report on Wednesday, George Bush made the most effective case for the global trade talks that I can remember him making:
… And the question for America is whether we treat the changes in… Continue reading
The ODI blog uses the debate about BAE in Tanzania as a hook for the broader issue known in Whitehall as "Policy Coherence for Development" – that is, the extent to which our policies on issues other than aid –… Continue reading
Five hundred economists have signed an open letter on immigration. These include five Nobel Laureates—Thomas C. Schelling, Robert Lucas, Daniel McFadden, Vernon Smith and James Heckman. And, for what it is worth, me. The letter says:
We must not… Continue reading
I have never thought of my gaff in the Elephant and Castle as being in a fashionable part of London – though I personally like the area, and I think it is underrated (and hence relatively cheap, considering how central… Continue reading
I’ve got a post up at Views from the Center – the Center for Global Development blog on development issues, taking issue with Jagdish Bhagwati in today’s Financial Times who says that Bono is noble but misdirected.
Malcolm Gladwell on employer-provided health care:
The closest I can come is to imagine if we had employer-based subways in New York. You could ride the subway if you had a job. But if you lost your job, you would… Continue reading
Try out this Africa Quiz from the excellent Ethan Zuckerman. I’m ashamed to say that I got one wrong.
Politicians, the media, bloggers and other armchair experts on development almost all agree that aid for developing countries should be conditional on reforms by recipient countries, and that aid should be tied to conditions about how the aid is used.… Continue reading
The TV commentators here in the US are distinctly underwhelmed by the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales; they are not just bored, they are mocking the British. Maybe, as Christine Odone claims (via Tim) it… Continue reading
I have made my first contribution as a member of the team at The Sharpener. It discusses the economics of branding – are brands good for the economy, or merely a transfer from consumers to producers?
Joseph Kony, leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court.
The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), formed in 1987, is a rebel paramilitary group operating mainly in northern Uganda. The group is engaged in… Continue reading
I’m sitting in a coffee bar in Berkeley, which is about my favourite state of being.
There’s been some good music playing … Beatles (White Album), David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Pink Floyd (Murmur).
And I’ve just realised that all the… Continue reading
Economists will be in favour of road users paying what it costs to use their car – including the costs of pollution, other damage to the environment, and congestion. So I am broadly sympathetic to Alastair Darling’s proposals to charge… Continue reading
Anatole Kaletsky has this article in the May 2005 edition of Prospect which argues that economics has been of declining political importance – as evidenced by the absence of economic policy as an important topic in the 2005 General Election.… Continue reading
We spent the weekend in Pennsylvania. You can see the photos here.
Philadelphia was the venue for the meetings which lead to the drafting of the US Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution – documents (esp the Declaration… Continue reading