Archive for March, 2012

Marco Visscher has quoted me in an article in Ode magazine on the “randomistas”. In Dutch but worth putting through an electronic translator. The randomistas are development economists who focus their work on doing randomised control trials of different development projects. For example, trying to work out how to bolster school attendance or get people […]

This is the text of my latest book review for the Financial Times. It is the first time I have covered anything to do with classical antiquity in my writing. Is there any way of escaping the terrible rut into which the debate about executive pay has fallen? As things stand, discussions of the subject […]

Apart from feeling outraged that anyone should be jailed for making stupid remarks the Liam Stacey case reinforced my conviction on the critics of Singapore (see 24 March post). Stacey was incarcerated for 56 days for making racist comments against Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton Wanderers footballer who recently had a heart attack, on Twitter. Anyone […]

This blog post was first published on Fundweb today. Having returned from my trip to Australia it is instructive to reflect on what I saw. The country still seems to be surprisingly close in cultural terms to Britain in particular and to a lesser extent to America. In many respects it is like a Britain […]

This is my Perspective column for this week’s issue of Fund Strategy. Those who manage the world economy are evidently following the wishing well theory of economics. They seem to believe that if they close their eyes, throw some money around and make a wish, the biggest challenges will magically disappear of their own accord. […]

The BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme on “Neue Labour” broadcast earlier this month covered many of the themes I discussed in my 20 February Perspective column. David Goodhart examined the pros and cons of Britain following Germany’s economic model. His arguments included many of the misconceptions I looked at in my earlier piece. It is […]

This is the text of my opinion article that appeared in the Australian on 12 March and On Line Opinion on 16 March. When the rich and powerful start talking as if they represent the poor and vulnerable it is certain that someone will end up getting hurt. It is a safe bet that it […]

This is my Perspective column for 19 March. G’day from Newcastle, New South Wales. Coming to Australia must be a slightly weird experience for most first-time British visitors. In some respects it is unnervingly like Britain and in others almost unrecognisable. That general rules holds true for economic comparisons. British visitors will recognise most of […]

The debate on cheap alcohol that has raged in Britain since the government announced it is setting a minimum price is part of the inequality discussion. Underlying all the talk is the assumption that society is fragmenting with an alcohol-fueled underclass pulling away at the bottom. Such allegations of moral degeneracy are completely consistent with […]

For those who are interested here are the details of my recent Australian tour. I was invited by World Vision Australia, a worldwide community development organisation with a Christian ethos, to speak at one of the One Just World forums it organises across Australia with the International Women’s Development Agency and AusAid. Given I was […]