I hope that you are all well and braving the great confinement, although I fear not. I shall be writing more on that theme very soon. But life must go on: Three years ago I began a dialogue with my colleagues at the New School and beyond on the role of statistical physics in the … More Statistical Physics and the Social Sciences: Take Two
Some further thoughts in the aftermath of publication of my brief review essay on the recent book on the Nobel Prize in Economics by Offer and Söderberg, and in response to reactions from colleagues:
My brief review essay on the Nobel Prize in Economics, centering on the recent book entitled The Nobel Factor by Offer and Söderberg was published in Development and Change on the same day as the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics was also announced. Read the essay here. Some subsequent reflections, on what the essay left out … More Beyond the Aura: The Nobel Prize in Economics
Today I will be giving a ‘Special Lecture” on “Who Gets What in the World?” in honour of the 125th birth anniversary of P.C. Mahalanobis at the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore (announcement here) based on analyses from the Global Consumption and Income Project. All are welcome. The slides can be downloaded here.
This July and August, I led an international group of experts in preparing an Economic Report on the role of the BRICS countries (Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa) in the world economy and international development. The Report was commissioned as an input to the Summit of BRICS countries that took place in early … More The BRICS and a Changing World
In recent years there has developed a branch of economics which seeks to apply statistical physics approaches to understanding economic problems. Some years ago, my colleague at the New School, Anwar Shaikh, introduced me to the pioneering work in this area that seeks to understand income distributions, for example by the physicist Y M Yakovenko. … More Statistical Physics and the Social Sciences: What Potential Contribution?
Must those who value liberty accept that its consequences include economic inequality? In the tradition associated with John Locke, of which a modern representative was Robert Nozick, the answer is yes. Akeel Bilgrami, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, argues no, because in his view liberty properly understood and exercised, can be made consistent with … More Equality and Liberty: Beyond a Boundary