The False Economist

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Albert Hirschman (1915-2012)

Whilst reading the fantastic Crooked Timber blog (check it out people), I came across the sad news that Albert Hirschman had died.

He was an economist in my "must read more about them later" box and his passing has been the unfortunate reminder to investigate more closely his work, particularly that on unbalanced growth strategy.

Foreign Policy Obituary here.

Paul Krugman article on Hirschman here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Patently Obvious: The Knowledge Economy

Are you Irish ?

Yes ? Good for you.

Are you hedging all your bets on an Irish recovery coming from exporting pharmaceuticals to the sick, bald, and impotent of the world ?

Well then, you probably shouldn't click on this link.


Ok, it's not that bad really. Exports are still breaking records, in a good way, and certain factors (as always) have to be taken into account. What the Citi graph does highlight however, is that Ireland's reliance on pharmaceutical exports must not discount the effect the "patent cliff" will have on the market for medicines and other pharmaceutical goods in the near future.

Also, happy Tuesday everyone:Why Not Start Your Weekend on Wednesday ?

Monday, October 29, 2012


I could try and explain my absence but I don't want to and, lets face it, you don't want to hear it.

What you are interested in however is fantasizing about how you can become a regular John A. Rockefeller without putting in nearly as much effort as the great captain of industry.

Luckily for you back in 1966 Marshall Sahlins discovered a way to do this...  become a Cave Man.

All is revealed in this link giving background to Sahlins' presentation, with further reading available here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What's the deal with Optimization Theory ?

Like most people, Professor Avinash Dixit, likes to watch Seinfeld. Unlike most people, the Princeton Professor of Economics has applied an episode to option value theory, specifically Elaine evaluating if her date is "spongeworthy".

Link here.


This is taken from Economic Inquiry and you can see in the notes that a Ricardo Guzmán is credited for the "abstract suggestion".

Now I'm off to apply Neo-Walrasian General Equilibrium Theory to the Soup Nazi......

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Who is Ben Bernanke's Bank Manager ?

Happy New Year !!!

I thought this piece by John Saft of Reuters was rather cool, particularly as it had me imagining the Chairman of the Fed walking in to his bank manager's office, all sweaty and nervous, looking for some sweet sweet remortgaging.

Mr. Saft does raise some pretty thought-provoking points in his article but I really don't know if it can be so closely evaluated with the policies Mr. Bernanke advocates, this is a personal matter after all. Maybe he just had to get a rockin' new powerboat in the January Sales and this was the quickest way to do it ? At least that's what I like to think....