While I have been MIA over the last four years a lot has changed on the internet and in terms of economic and social discourse. The weird infatuation of the alt-right with “globalists” and nonsensical economic arguments is particularly upsetting – and I’ll be discussing how the decline in persuasiveness of economists has helped these types […]
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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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Via Motu on Facebook I saw the following. I had no idea this was going on … even though I saw the flyers all around university advertising it. I’m working quite long days at the moment so my mind isn’t really all there 😛 However, this looks cool – I’m going to see if I […]
Disclaimer: I used to work in the same space as Geoff, and I know him as a guy who is genuine, wants to improve social outcomes, is a mad good communicator, and who works hard on the issues. But none of this would prevent me from disagreeing with him if I did (such as my […]
I have spent most of the last four years trapped in a small space, pouring over legislation and microdata to figure out details of the New Zealand tax-transfer system prior to 2014 – with short breaks to deliver some lectures at Victoria University. I learnt a lot, but I had no chance to keep up […]
A lot of people won’t care about this post – and the ones that do will care a bit too much. So I will keep this relatively short. But just believe me that this post is the first in a series of three that will eventually get to the point 😉
While undertaking some research on income inequality I could no longer help Infometrics Ltd out with forecasting. But before I left I caught economist Mieke Welvaert working on blueprints for my replacement. Although I’ve defended these robots in the past (here and here) it has always been with respect to being compensated for my human […]