The Hungry Economics of Witch Killings

Synopsis: “The economics of poverty is often poor economics,” so said Esther Duflo, an economist widely touted to be a budding Nobel prize contender. Motivated by a love of my favourite science and a desire to tell stories better, this video of <4 minutes attempts to weave 61 pages of research material into a tale of food shortage and murder intrigue – of unconventional wisdom offered by the economical perspective. While not every single detail…

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The travelling economist

When More Choice Leads to Less Happiness By all reason and logic, I should be happy. Yet emotively, I was having an internal tug of war. I was in turmoil, my heart split and torn up into various Israeli quarters of Jewish or Muslim significance… In my attempt to map out a probabilistic decision tree with Amsterdam and India as the main branches, visions of how gay and flamboyant a life I may lead, neon…

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Can the gay science (economics) save China?

It’s easy to forget that poverty had been seen as destiny, rather than as a condition that may be ameliorated if not rendered obsolete altogether only until recent memory (Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius). Certainly, the political economy of Malthus left little to desire for the masses, arguing that “nine Parts in ten of the whole Race of Mankind drudge through life” and are condemned to lives of abject deprivation. No sooner had wages…

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