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 […]
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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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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 […]
There have been blog posts about centre-Green parties (on TVHE here, here, here), I’m a bit fatigued with politics right now and want to focus on my research so I don’t want to get into that. One thing I keep hearing, repeatedly, about a centre-Green party is that it doesn’t make sense because it involves […]
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 […]
I keep seeing tweets like this – like multiple times a day for several weeks now: "scientists can and should exercise their democratic rights to advocate for what they believe", says @petergluckman http://t.co/UZfo9HXzQE — Nicola Gaston (@nicgaston) September 29, 2014 So I thought I should provide my thoughts. I agree. Scientists are people and should […]
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?