During the nomination round this year I kept hearing the same questions coming up. Who am I supposed to nominate? Why would I nominate someone? How can I mix the ideas of economics and sexiness? As this is an economics blog the vast majority of these comments came from economists or people with a strong […]
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About Matt Nolan
Matt Nolan is an economist at Infometrics and student at Victoria University of Wellington (although the opinions expressed are independent of these organisations) .
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It is hard to believe it has already been nearly a year since we have celebrated the work of New Zealand economists with a sexiest economist competition – and nearly two years since the competition kicked off. However, it has been a year, so we’re doing this all over again. Last year we introduced a nominations round. […]
Hello New Zealand readers. Just giving you a heads up that tomorrow (Thursday, 23 October) there is a panel discussion on the Piketty book (Capital in the Twenty-First Century) and its relevance to New Zealand. As I contributed to the related book of book reviews, and as this particular event is in Wellington (where I […]
From Noah Smith on Twitter: There are models economists make to describe what they think is really going on, and there are models they make to explore neat ideas. — Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) October 9, 2014 My question to you fine folk, are both types of models useful? If so how?
Via Ryan Decker on Twitter: Pundits want equal status to econs, hence the argument MT @ModeledBehavior enough w/ claims that econ unscientific http://t.co/2rDxQOKyRj … — Ryan Decker (@UpdatedPriors) September 28, 2014
Today, let us discuss the conclusion from this post about language and Piketty: The language of economics often treats people as commodities: the phrases “representative agent” and “human capital” are examples of this. Sometimes these phrases are useful abstractions, but they also contribute to the sometimes pernicious indifference of mainstream economics to issues of […]