Archive for September 26th, 2012

If these are economic reforms, I’m Amitabh Bachchan…

September 26, 2012

A superb post from R. Jagannathn at FirstPost.com (HT: TGS Blog).

One could not say it any better:

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Can progressive economists join forces with the church/religion?

September 26, 2012

A superb post by Felix Salmon. He was reflecting his experiences from a talk given by Joseph Stiglitz on Economics and Theology, an initiative by INET.

BTW, I know of another economist who tried to speak to a church – Charles Calomiris of Columbia. Based on the speech he did a fair job. Do not know how the audience felt as is the case here. Meanwhile, WNF Blog is also linking how certain religion practices etc are because of political institutions etc.

Back to Joe. He thinks econ discipline does not really mix well with theology:

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How psychology can assist non-car drivers..

September 26, 2012

A superb interview of Prof. Ian Walker, transport psychologist (HT: Thebrowser.com). This blog supports urban initiatives to promote using bicycles for work, travel etc.

However, things are not as easy as this interview suggests. Cyclists are not wanted by either walkers or car people. Town planners never sure where to place them:

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Tragedy on Honduras Charter Cities Project –Victory for Acemoglu/Robinson?

September 26, 2012

This blog was a supporter of the charter-cities project floated by Prof. Romer. It got some support from Honduras which became the first country to allow chart-cities. There were some grand plans to get the project going with things like transparency commission with people like George Akerlof, Romer, Nacy Birdsall of CGDEV etc. The region selected to develop charter-city was called REDs. The color RED got another  meaning…

There were sceptics from day one over the project which grew once Honduras was selected as the first country for experimentation.

Now, it seems Prof. Romer has resigned (HT: Gulzar) from the project at Honduras. He responded to qs asked by Prof. Cowen on his superblog:

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