Let us see if we can get a little bit of ethics going: “Social good” is a philosophically unsound notion, made up by economists and policy wonks to justify their own existence. Once again, remember that these are points for discussion – I am not saying I agree or disagree with them.
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About Matt Nolan
Matt Nolan is an economist at Infometrics (although the opinions expressed are independent of the organisation) .
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Entries by Matt Nolan
Wow. What a roller-coaster ride that was. The lead changed hands countless times (as I wasn’t counting), but in the end our sexiest economist poll did have an outright winner. It is my privilege to announce that the deserved winner of the 2014 New Zealand sexiest economist competition was
Last month I noticed a piece from the IMF “redistribution, inequality, and growth”. It came out after my post on “Okun’s leaky bucket” and I was pretty happy to see the piece – as it was actual empirical research stating that the policy trade-offs are more complicated than some grand “equality vs efficiency” policy choice. […]
Update: Anyone that is waiting for this, I’m sorry but I am massively swamped with work. I will do this – I need to look at this for other work of my own – however, a post may not appear until mid-March. Just as a pointer, I see that there were some measurement errors in […]
I’m current reading a paper discussing the different ways of measuring Gini mean difference (a statistical measure which you in turn use to get the Gini coefficient) and writing summary articles on HES expenditure, NIIP (including post-2009 revisions) in NZ and Aussie, and expenditure GDP factor shares for clients. As a result, I’m not brimming […]
An easy one for today … Economics and free will are incompatible Once again, remember that these are points for discussion – I am not saying I agree or disagree with them.