Archive for September 22nd, 2017

Calling a spade a spade: Pakistan is a rentier state…

September 22, 2017

One is enjoying the frank columns in Pakistan newspaper – Dawn – which is quite surprising given the might of the State in the country. I had just blogged about a Pakistan economist questioning the constant government cribbing and calling people tax thieves.

Here comes another piece from  Aasim Sajjad Akhtar who teaches at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He says Pakistan is just a rentier state which always gives its resources to the highest bidder:


When a central bank carries orders from political authorities due to fear: Case of Gambia

September 22, 2017

All kinds of things are happening at central banks world wide. One just pointed earlier how head of central bank of Ukraine got death threats from people and was forced to resign.

Now, we learn how the former head of Central bank of Gambia executed orders from former President out of fear:


Amazon looks for a new headquarters whereas Google plans to build a new city…

September 22, 2017

There is lot of speculation ever since Amazon announced it wants to set a second headquarter. This has led to lots of speculation on which cities fit the bill. Summary of probable locations with pluses and minuses here.

Meanwhile, Google wants to build a new city to experiment and innovate:

Amazon is looking for a city for its new headquarters. Boring! Google is looking to build a city. The FT reports:

Google’s parent company was working on a sweeping plan to build a city from the ground up, the executive in charge of its urban innovation business said on Tuesday, in an attempt to prove that a technologically-enabled urban environment can improve quality of life and reduce cities’ impact on the environment.

…“We actually want to build a new city, it is a district of the city, but one that is of sufficient size and scale that it can be a laboratory for innovation on an integrated basis,” said Dan Doctoroff, head of Sidewalk Labs, at a talk to the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association.

Sidewalk was “quite far along” in its search for a city with which to partner to build a testing ground for new approaches to transport, infrastructure and possibly even governance and social policy, he said.


How these big corporations are going to shape and reshape economic geography is there to see. Not that it is anything new really. We have an example of Tatas shaping Jamshedpur..

The rise of robots in the German labour market

September 22, 2017

Wolfgang Dauth, Sebastian Findeisen, Jens Südekum and Nicole Woessner analyse the impact:


Why does Tea/Coffee disappear but donuts/snacks don’t in meetings?

September 22, 2017

Prof Anthony Gill (Political Science at the University of Washington) has an interesting post, Though, the idea is picked from faculty meeting but I guess it applies to most other meetings where we have tragedy of commons at work.

He wonders why people at meetings don’t finish donuts but coffee is mostly finished:


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