JFK assassination conspiracy theories are still going strong, unfortunately

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It’s World Toilet Day Today

Adam Smith’s views on education

218 Blacks killed by police since 1 January 2015 by threat level

Surprisingly few Blacks killed by police this year in the USA were simply unarmed – at least 13 but no more than 20 or so. Nearly all of the rest were attacking or carrying a deadly weapon.

Source: Investigation: Police shootings – Washington Post.

Deaths by police taser by race since 1 January 2015

Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian.

Housing: what would the market do?

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My post last week about the Wellington City Council’s consultation meeting, on its proposals to amend the district plan to allow more medium-density housing in Island Bay, attracted some attention and a range of interesting and thoughtful comments.  Readers seem to have taken from the post what they wanted (those opposed to more density focused on the critical comments about the Council’s case, those in favour on the critical comments on the residents and the planner mentality that dominates the Council).   Perhaps that reflects my own ambivalence.  In general, I favour allowing greater flexibility to property owners, but I don’t think we  would see much pressure for the sorts of development that concerns many residents, at least beyond the immediate fringes of the central city (Thorndon, Mt Victoria, Kelburn etc) if councils did not continually and actively resist the expansion of the physical footprint of cities.

It perhaps also reflected the…

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Poverty in America since 1960

Inequality: a fact, an interpretation, and a policy recommendation

Economics for public policy

Tackling inequality and poverty aren’t mutually exclusive; rather, efforts devoted to fighting the former contribute to solving the latter.

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Lord Nicholas Stern – wrong from the start

Source: Nicholas Stern “Professor Bauer on development”, Journal of Development Economics (1974).

Source: “A Voice for the Poor”, The Economist (2 May 2002).


Source: Ian Vazquez “Peter Bauer: Blazing the Trail of Development”, Econ Journal Watch (May 2007).

Unlike @Subway @WalmartToday understands the #DHMO awareness campaign

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