Fascinating piece of tv. “Nationalist” Steve Bannon and “cosmopolitan” Tom Friedman are in agreement on how to deal with China … Continue reading US-China deal is about ordinary workers
This year, Huawei will finalize the so-called ‘Pakistan-East Africa Cable Express, connecting Gwadar in Pakistan tot China’s new military base … Continue reading The biggest geopolitical project of our time
Voor degenen die een injectie optimisme na een bewogen 2018 goed kunnen gebruiken. De fascinerende Tyler Cowen (ook maker van … Continue reading Groei is goed: Ayn Rand meets Amartya Sen
Fijne reconstructie van de bepalende dagen in 2008 voor de redding van Fortis/ABN-Armo. De hoofdrolspelers van toen (o.a. Trichet, Bos, … Continue reading Kwartfinale Eurocrisis: België-Nederland
I love Nassim Taleb’s books: they’re thought-provoking, intelligent and pretty original. His themes are important ones: how do complex systems … Continue reading Courage is the only virtue that cannot be faked
Surprisingly enough, Europe is lagging all American states economically Continue reading Almost all US states richer than Europe
A practical introduction to the new economy – in which platforms as Uber and Amazon are the new standard. Also … Continue reading The fourth industrial revolution
Two of the greatest minds alive (and authors of some of my favourite books) discuss anti-fragility, globalisation, the economy, fuck-you … Continue reading Taleb & Kahneman. Together!
Saltwater economics vs. freshwater economics: the battle is on. New Keynesian macroeconomists (saltwater) fail to acknowledge radical uncertainty in their … Continue reading Still waiting for the new big macroeconomic idea..
Paul Collier, voormalig directeur bij de Wereldbank en hoogleraar te Oxford richt zich in een van zijn onverwachte bestsellers, in het … Continue reading Echte armoede bestrijden
John Stuart Mill has said that models provide, at best, half truths and one must blend intuition and a broader sensibility … Continue reading Complexity science as the new Third Way
Acht vooraanstaande economen – van Ha-Joon Chang tot Tyler Cowen – worden door Hans Wansink gevraagd hoe we zouden moeten … Continue reading Wat te doen na de crisis?
Hét boek over de tot standkoming van de Panama Papers, het grootste datalek ooit. Van de hand van de twee … Continue reading Het grootste datalek ooit: hoe crimineel geld wordt verstopt
Great film; a successful adaptation of the book. Its scenario, actors and humor make a strong mix that drives the … Continue reading The Big Short (2015) ****
Sometimes it seems all innovation is disruptive and all start-ups will change our lives, but as this HBR article explains … Continue reading What is disruptive innovation?
This week Angus Deaton won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on development, welfare and poverty. Although he … Continue reading Will Angus Deaton’s thinking now become mainstream?
This book wants to provoke, to stir debate and eventually change our thinking on how to help the poor. Its great subtitle, Economist, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, is just the start. Easterly main message is that the real cause of poverty is the unchecked power of the state against poor people without rights. He doesn’t see a battle between free market and state intervention, but one between authoritarianism and free development.
His basic conclusion is that we may never compromise on equality of rights. It comes before anything else; including poverty reduction programs, propagated by the World Bank and the likes of Gates and Blair. It is at those institutions and wealthy individuals that Easterly (himself a former World Bank economist) addresses his critique. Continue reading “The Tyranny of Experts – William Easterly (2014)”
A recent Foreign Affairs article draws a parallel between the Greek crisis and how Latvia recovered from its own crisis. … Continue reading The importance of insititutional reform – lessons for Greece
Well researched (authors are McKinsey consultants) and full of fascinating examples, the book explains how to capture the ‘biggest business … Continue reading Resource Revolution – Stefan Heck & Matt Rogers (2014)
Set up as an anthropological study, Luyendijk spent a year and a half in the London City interviewing around 200 bankers, so-called quants, recruiters and everyone willing to participate in his experiment -published as a blog on The Guardian website. His mission was to get answers to questions as ‘What Happened?’ and ‘Have adequate measures been put in place to avoid another crisis?’. The answer to the first question is; difficult to say, but one thing is certain: a fatal combination of too much risk taking, spurred by the wrong incentives was at the core of the melt down. Answering the second one is easier: no. And there’s much to be scared about. Continue reading “Dit kan niet waar zijn – Joris Luyendijk (2015)”
With great wit Lanchester describes what went wrong during the prelude to the financial crisis and who is to blame … Continue reading Whoops! – John Lanchester (2010)
Boekestijn, a historian and former liberal MP, is on a mission. He is specifically interested in the (potential) damage aid does to poor countries and he formulates a detailed list of policy recommendation, making this book a great attempt to really influence the debate and policy on a practical level. Which to a certain extent it probably did, since the thinking on of aid and development has over the last years significantly evolved towards a more rational approach.
Continue reading “De Prijs van een Slecht Geweten – Arend Jan Boekestijn (2010)”
It’s subtitle reads The Origins of Power, Prosperity an Poverty. And that’s exactly what I took from the book. Help … Continue reading Why Nations Fail – James A. Robinson & Daron Acemoğlu (2012)
Brilliant. If I had to choose one book to take with me to a deserted island, this is the one. … Continue reading Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman (2011)
An eye-opener on how systems should work to be able to confront the future (not robust, but anti-fragile), from a … Continue reading Antifragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2012)
Insightful study into the reasons why nations prosper and why some don’t. And proves the case of the pejorative effect … Continue reading The Great Escape – Angus Deaton(2013)
Absolutely delightful book. This is how one should live – technology, science and human creativity will solve our problems. I am a convert, cynicism … Continue reading The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley (2010)
Een greep uit mijn uitzendingen “Feit of Fabel” op BNR Nieuwsradio – Over The Fact Club – 22 augustus 2013 … Continue reading “Feit of fabel” – mijn fact check items op BNR Nieuwsradio