Share the Road

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Dubrovnik from the city walls

Dubrovnik

We are back from a few days in Dubrovnik. Here are some photos. Read the full post »

Red Eye

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.Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Back from backpacking in the alps

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.

I’ve come back buzzing with energy. (Memo to … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Should we cap and trade, or tax, to reduce carbon emissions?

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

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George Bush says the right things on trade

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

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Policy coherence in development

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 – … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Open Letter on Immigration

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

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London’s “fashionable South Bank”

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Is Bono noble but misdirected?

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.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Gladwell on Employer-provided health care

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

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So you think you know Africa?

Try out this Africa Quiz from the excellent Ethan Zuckerman. I’m ashamed to say that I got one wrong.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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What conditions should we attach to aid?

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.  … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Another reason to love America

charles_topi.jpgThe 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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Brand value: value for whom?

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?… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Joseph Kony Of Lord’s Liberation Army indicted by ICC

lra_districts.gifJoseph 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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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British music

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Road charges, fuel duty and satellites

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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Kaletsky is over-optimistic

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. … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Visiting Pennsylvania

We spent the weekend in Pennsylvania. You can see the photos here. 

Grethe at the Liberty BellPhiladelphia 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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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