Entries by Matt Nolan

Discussion Tuesday

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 […]

QOTD: On politics and economics

I was chatting about some policy recently with another economist, when they came out with this great line about how some policy was being reported (overseas): Every political editor loves it and all the economics editors are unimpressed. What does this mean?  What does this imply about politics and economics?  I’ll leave it up to […]

Living below the line

Hey all.  Instead of writing about anything you might be interested in, I’m going to use this forum to ask for donations for the living below the line challenge next week – with the funds going to Aoteraroa Development Cooperative.  The justification I’ve been using when asking people is below. I just received an email […]

Discussion Tuesday

Speaking of circle-jerking: "Their [economists] public arguments have an incestuous yet masturbatory quality that is exhausting to follow." — Trixie (@HaikuCharlatan) September 23, 2014 Ummm, hmmm.  Anyone able to translate this?