Aid: Tales We Tell Ourselves, or Growing up is Hard to Do

When in Madrid last week I happened to meet an official of the Spanish development agency, who drew my attention to the fact that Spain, always a country with a very low ‘aid’ budget (which had however been rising sharply before the crisis began in 2008) has had a sharp fall in its aid budget, … More Aid: Tales We Tell Ourselves, or Growing up is Hard to Do

A Second Machine Age?

Late last week I attended a very interesting meeting in Madrid on the subject of what some have described as a coming ’second machine age’ and its possible future economic and social impact. The technological developments described at the meeting by scientists, engineers, business people and others who follow them closely center on possible breakthroughs … More A Second Machine Age?

Launching a blog

Dear friends and colleagues, I am launching today a new blog, as an adjunct to my academic writing. I hope to discuss in it economics and other subjects (such as politics, the other ‘social sciences’ and philosophy) drawing on my experiences and on ideas that I come across.   I will where moved comment on current … More Launching a blog