Solving Silicon Valley’s Housing Problem In One Fell Swoop – Build More Houses

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The Guardian has one of those interminable pieces bemoaning one of the minor problems of the word. Rich people in Silicon Valley are having...

The 10 Largest Global Cities Over The Past 500 Years

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An excellent little visualisation this. Courtesy of my wonderful colleague @tomhannen, we now have a new version of the cities animation up on the @FinancialTimes,...

There Are Different Ways Of Measuring Economic Progress – But Which Different Ways Should...

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This discussion is at least along the right lines. There are different ways we can measure economic progress. The important question being, well, which...

Elinor Ostrom, Societal Organisation And The God Threshold

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Elinor Ostrom gained the Nobel Prize in large part for explaining that there's a method of societal organisation that isn't markets and property rights...

Increasing The Minimum Wage Increases Crime, Obviously Enough

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It's a reasonable contention that if the young make more in wages then they'll nick less stuff in order to impress their paramours. They'll...

Automation And Trade Leading To A Polarised Job Market

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Given the vast benefits to all of both automation and trade I don't tend to worry very much about the relative changes in position...

The Professor Doesn’t Understand The Paper

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It's possible to wonder a bit whether the expansion of the universities was a good idea. Here we have the Senior Lecturer in political...

The Farmers’ Market Problem – Not Enough Demand For Overpriced Vegetables

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Isn't this the most lovely surprise - supply and demand applies even to Farmers' Markets. Those little diagrams at the beginning of absolutely every...

The Financial Crisis That Swept Hitler To Power

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It's necessary to note that a financial crisis did indeed aid Hitler in gaining power. But it wasn't the financial crisis most of us...

Socialism Makes You Cheat, Capitalism Honest

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The background to this finding, that living under socialism makes you more likely to cheat, under capitalism to be honest, should be obvious. Under...