Monthly Archives: August 2010

A healthy respect for profits, sorry, I mean the environment

It seems as though everyone is trying to be greener than Kermit these days. The threat of climate change is pressuring Governments to take action, spurred on by the voting public (well, in some cases, as long as it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Tell me lies, tell me Pareto white lies

Markets are supposed to work well under certain assumptions, one of those being the availability of information. Information allows buyers and sellers to find each other, and to make decisions over whether to trade or not. So lack of information … Continue reading

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Reduce the SAD – make them shop!

Or why sun lamps in shops could be the next big thing. We know about shops and their wily ways. How they evilly pump out the smell of baking bread when you go into the supermarket, how they cunningly place … Continue reading

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University is too cheap in the UK?

Contrast two common newspaper headlines about the university experience in the UK: 1) It’s horrendously expensive. The average graduate leaves with £25k worth of debt. It’s terrible and will put people off applying. 2) The number of people wanting to go to university … Continue reading

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The impact of Obama’s middle name

There has been previous research that suggests that your name can affect how likely you are to be called for a job interview - a particular US study found that having an African American name is a significant disadvantage. Name your … Continue reading

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The trouble with disasters

Now that David Cameron is off on his summer holiday, his deputy Nick Clegg has been let out of the cupboard. And he’s been using his new-found limelight to comment on the plight of those caught up in the Pakistan … Continue reading

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The celebrity gender pay gap

More transparency excitement today as the Telegraph reveals how much councils in the UK have been paying for celebrity appearances. Beyond providing thrills to councillors, one wonders exactly how some of these costs are benefiting residents: is it really necessary to have … Continue reading

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Performance-related pay isn’t performing

Performance-related pay isn’t performing as well as it should. It’s a simple idea – you get paid more when you perform well. Surely it can’t fail to work? Well it arguably contributed to the banking crisis (although that may have … Continue reading

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Why Microsoft blows hot and cold on piracy

A few years ago, the music industry was hysterical over internet piracy – and of course, it still is.    (It’s DEVASTATING, according to the RIAA).  Also a few years ago, Microsoft was giving various blasé interviews about how piracy wasn’t such … Continue reading

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mflow and economics fun

It’s nice (and perhaps, dare I say unusual?) when an economic paper comes to life. A while ago a group of researchers in Germany reported on an experiment testing attitudes to a legal file-sharing site with a twist: revenue was split between sellers and … Continue reading

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