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Melanie Friedrichs
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Economics. Finance. Startups. Cities.
Economics. Finance. Startups. Cities.

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Zombie Economists
Zombie Keynes Zombie Say  Zombie Pareto Zombie Smith Zombie Hayek Zombie Marshall Zombie Schumpeter Zombie Marx  Zombie Malthus Not to be confused with Zombie Economics Rationale out next week!

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Nearly 100% Psychobabble Or: Freud, Kahneman, and the Question of Bounded Self Control
When I was very little someone told me the world was round. I don’t remember who told me, or where I was at the time, but I do remember the picture that I drew in my head. (I may have also drawn it on paper, but no record survives). It looked something like...

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Are There Too Many Startups? Part 1: Definitions and Data
Like always, there is something missing here. Hint, it starts with F, G and W.  It’s hard to say when exactly the “startup craze” began. Of course there was the dot-com bubble , but that burst, and it seemed for a time that early-stage tech companies had lo...

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Are There Too Many Startups? Part 1: Definitions and Data
We need to work on our female representation here.  It’s hard to say when exactly the “startup craze” began. Of course there was the dot-com bubble , but that burst, and it seemed for a time that early-stage tech companies had lost their fizz, at least comp...

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Student Magazine on Economics!
Want to read more student economics musings? I was part of the editorial team for "The Rationale" the LSE Student Union Economics Society magazine. You can read the full issue here . (Nice cover too right? 10 points if you can tell me what it's about.) 

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Some Obvious Things about Race, Drugs and Incarceration
What I Thought I Knew About Prison In my sophomore year of college I started attending meetings of one of my university’s many environmental student organizations . After a semester of yea-saying other people’s ideas and occasionally working shifts at bottl...

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Why I'll Always Have a Soft Spot for John Stuart Mill
Warning: this post is mushy  A few weeks ago I was looking through some old documents and came across a few quotes from John Stuart Mill's On Liberty Chapter II: On the Liberty of Thought & Discussion that I had tracked down and copied from Wikiquote . On a...

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Top 3 Piketty Takeaways You Won't Find Elsewhere
I was traveling for a few months over the summer and I decided that I would use the time to read Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century . All 700 pages of it, no excuses. At the time I didn’t know that it was The Most Unread Book of the Summer , or th...

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Why Monetary Policy is Really One Big Conspiracy
On Tuesday I attended a lecture by David Miles , a member of the British Monetary Policy Committee , the UK equivalent of the US Federal Open Markets Committee , aka, the Fed, on “ Giving Guidance On Future Monetary Policy In A Very Uncertain World. ”  I re...

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The Glorious Reurbanization of America
ReViva Las Vegas  The Beat coffeehouse in Downtown Las Vegas In April I traveled to Las Vegas with many of my fellow Venture for America fellows to attend a small conference called “City as a Startup.” The conference was generally about the potential for st...
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