Novo magazine has published a German translation of my spiked article defending rational man. Die Verhaltensökonomie bietet eine pseudowissenschaftliche Legitimation für antidemokratische Einstellungen. Unsere persönliche Sicht auf politische Zusammenhänge hängt zu großen Teilen davon ab, ob wir glauben, dass Menschen dazu fähig sind, vernünftige Entscheidungen zu treffen. Es ist keine Übertreibung zu behaupten, dass die […]
Last Friday spiked published an article by me on behavioural economics. An individual’s stance on politics largely depends on his view of the capacity of humans to exercise reason. It is no exaggeration to say that the ideas of freedom and democracy are premised on the notion that people can act rationally. Think of any […]
My latest book review for the Financial Times was published on 2 December. For anyone who sees environmentalism as a radical outlook, its adoption by business must be bewildering. The examples are legion. From the World Wildlife Fund credit card from Bank of America to Conservation International’s partnership with McDonald’s to promote Happy Meals; and […]
The following is a blog post I wrote on behavioural economics for the Institute of Economic Affairs website. Anyone who has what might be called an instinct for freedom is likely to baulk at being dictated to by experts. A fundamental liberal principle is that individuals should have the autonomy to make their own decisions […]
This is the original (unedited) version of my latest book review for the Financial Times. Although Yuval Levin is a self-avowed conservative he takes aim at both sides of the US political divide in this perceptive work. The former White House staffer under President George W Bush sees both progressives and conservatives as wallowing in […]
I recently appeared on John Mills’ Talking Economics podcast with Chris Giles, the economics editor of the Financial Times, as the fellow guest. We discussed the British steel industry, tax havens and London’s economy.
This is a text (in German) of a recent interview with me from Novo magazin on economic growth. It was conducted by Marco Visscher. The original longer version appeared in Dutch in Oneworld magazine. The headline can be translated as “sustainability hinders growth”. Mehr Wirtschaftswachstum ist nötig, um die Lebensbedingungen der Menschen zu verbessern, besonders […]
This is my book review from yesterday’s FT. What would you do if you were walking past a shallow pond in which a small child was drowning? There can be little doubt that the vast majority of people would wade in to save the child even if it came at the relatively trivial cost of […]
This is my latest book review for the Financial Times. It is hard to imagine how the rapid development of many poorer economies in recent decades could have happened without the emergence of super-rich individuals. No doubt for most Financial Times readers the two go together. The rise of popular prosperity depends on the vibrancy of […]
This is my latest article for the FT. Has the global preoccupation with extreme inequality peaked? This key question, posed by Labour’s unexpectedly poor performance in the recent UK general election, received little attention. The opposition party’s avowedly egalitarian stance failed to resonate with the electorate in sufficient numbers despite discontent at the government’s austerity […]
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