3/15/15

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!


1/24/15

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 this:  


1/9/15

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 lost their fizz, at least compared to mortgage backed securities. Perhaps it began anew when Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007, or when Facebook launched for high school in September of 2005. It was certainly fully underway by 2010, when “The Social Network” came out,  and by 2011, many were calling it another bubble.

1/6/15

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.) 



12/30/14

Some Obvious Thoughts 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 bottled vs. tap water tasting table, I was looking for a way to get more  involved. One day a girl I didn’t know announced that she had put forth a proposal and obtained funding for an environmental lecture series at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) and needed someone to continue her program while she studied abroad in Brazil. 

As it turned out, she hadn’t really obtained funding or done much work on the idea at all, but by that point I had already committed, and I wasn’t a quitter. So, with the help of another student already running a similar, non-environmental program at RIDOC, I met with the Director of Rehabilitation and the Deputy Warden of men’s minimum to get approval for the lecture series, solicited eight Brown University professors to give one hour, pro-bono lectures to a classroom of 15-20 inmates, and borrowed a car twice a week to escort professors, distribute readings, and sit in on environmental lectures in prison.