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Economists are usually big cheerleaders of globalization when it comes to trade - and very critical of protectionism. And many economists would like to see the last obstacles to trade (including non-tariff barriers like unnec...
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Here's an interesting interview with Daron Acemoglu about his work on institutions, his book Why Nations Fail, and much more. It's a one-hour interview but there's a transcript. Whether you prefer the...
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Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. (Kenneth E. Boulding) Are we running out of resources? Can economic growth continue,...
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XKCD keeps amazing me. After his poster explaining story lines of several famous movies, the one showing how deep oceans are, and the one about money, Randall Munroe now charted the history of the US ...
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Brad DeLong wrote a gripping column at Project Syndicate about the importance of Stalingrad: Together, these 1.2 million Red Army soldiers, the workers who armed them, and the peasants who fed them t...
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Following up on my Acemoglu post, here are book reviews of Why Nations Fail by three leading thinkers with a different take on the Big Questions: Jeffrey Sachs reviews Why Nations Fail Jared Diamond r...
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I had forgotten how avant-garde the trailer for Kubrick's great Dr. Strangelove is: The Wikipedia article about the movie is full of interesting facts: Columbia Pictures agreed to finance the film ...
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I'm a graduate student in economics at the University of Leuven (Belgium) with a vivid interest in anything and everything related to economics.