Cutting in-work benefits: right-wingers think it’s a bad idea too

Originally posted on Flip Chart Fairy Tales:
It now seems to have dawned on just about everyone that, if the government really does cut £12 billion from the social security budget, most of the pain will be felt by those in work. There have been some interesting reactions to this from right-of-centre think-tanks. The Institute of Economic…

Thou Shalt Not Overcomplicate Things

Originally posted on Econ Off the Shelf:
Justin Fox has a short piece at Bloomberg View that asks “What’s Wrong With ‘Mathiness’ in Economics?” He begins by characterizing (caricaturizing?) the pre-math economics profession as confused and garrulous philosophers: Once upon a time economists made their arguments in long, discursive, often contradictory books… Thankfully, Paul Samuelson brought…

Modern economics not keeping up with modern times

This paper challenges the notion of “modern economics” demonstrating that existing models are not sufficient to handle the next wave of global economic disruption that will be experienced during the next 40 years. Four examples are presented to illustrate the paradigm shifts in the making. Upcoming monumental challenges require reevaluating societal needs of the 21st century and approaching modeling from a fresh perspective. Technology has moved on, so should fundamental macroeconomic assumptions. … More Modern economics not keeping up with modern times

Behavioral Economics

Originally posted on Econ Off the Shelf:
Recently in the New York Times Business section, Jonathan Knee reviewed Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, a forthcoming book by Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago. I look forward to reading Misbehaving because I’m interested in the similar critique behavioral economists and causal-realist economists have for the methods and…

Recovery: Was that it?

Originally posted on Flip Chart Fairy Tales:
Yesterday’s GDP figures were rubbish. The first quarter of 2015 saw the slowest growth since the economy spluttered in 2012. True, it may, as Chris Giles says, be revised up but even so, 0.3 percent is well below where it should be.  This isn’t how recoveries usually work. We would normally…

At what level does the culture of entitlement becomes morally wrong?

The term ‘entitlement’ is often used in political discourse to refer to welfare and social net ‘handouts’ that create debate among liberals, realists, socialists and postructuralists alike. These debates focus around the issue of fairness considering that some people work ‘harder’ than others. However, I would like to dissect this term from the definition that … More At what level does the culture of entitlement becomes morally wrong?