Monthly Archives: October 2013

Are we plagued by growthism?

Umair Haque thinks so: Growthism says: growth must be achieved at all costs. When growth is achieved; societies are said to be successful; when it is not, they are said to be failing. Growthism is willing to sacrifice everything for more growth. Even the very rights which enlightened societies once held to be inalienable. Are […]

Markets in Culture, History, and the Past

From A Book of Migrations, Rebecca Solnit writes on the impacts of the tourism industry on local culture: There are situations in which tourism can encourage the preservation of a place, but far more frequently, tourists inadvertently stimulate an industry at the cost of local culture. Cultures, after all, evolve and change, but tourists most often […]

Tuesday Talk: Shiller on Inequality

Nobel laureate Robert Shiller on the importance of addressing inequality, health and well-being, and nudges. Paul Krugman has emphasized this point often as well, as addressed in the NY Times last fall:  Researchers have long documented that the most educated Americans were making the biggest gains in life expectancy, but now they say mortality data […]

Coffee of the Future

I don’t post many articles about technology and the future, but one subheading on this Quartz article about baristas and the coffee industry really caught my attention: Kitchens are just factories we haven’t automated yet. Here’s one snippet about the Briggo Coffee Hause: Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a […]

Sunday Sound: Live at Bubba’s

1980 – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers w/ Wynton Marsalis: Angel Eyes

The future of economics

Big Think has a collection of eight perspectives from young prominent economists on the future of economics. The views were highlighted with two main directions. One is more empirical work. Justin Wolfers: Today, every interaction we have in our lives leaves behind a trail of data.  Whatever question you are interested in answering, the data […]

A primer: Judgment, Heuristics and Biases

Here is an excellent collection of lecture notes from Liam Delaney, Professor of Economics at Stirling University. The notes are part of a larger series of posts meant to provide an introduction to the behavioral sciences. In general, the Stirling Behavioral Science Blog is a great resource for anyone interested in the fusion of economic […]