Month: October 2009

Joe Stiglitz addresses 'the movement' on well-being v GDP

I’m still surrounded by the world’s statisticians (not as bad as it sounds) at the OECD Measuring the Progress of Societies conference in South Korea, where yesterday Joe Stiglitz gave a great presentation. Rather than simply rehearse the findings of his commission’s report to President Sarkozy, he reflected on why criticisms of GDP, which have…

By admin October 29, 2009 1

How could we measure well-being in a crisis? Some thoughts from Korea

I am currently in Korea’s second city, Busan, attending a big OECD conference on ‘statistics, knowledge and policy’, organized by its ‘Measuring the Progress of Societies’ project. The massive conference centre looks out on a consumerist paradise, including a giant Tesco’s supermarket (everything’s big here, giving you that sense of suddenly having shrunk that you…

By admin October 28, 2009 3

Rodrik on protectionism; Tories and climate change; my son's a blogger; medicine v aid; regulating the banks; good news on HIV and piano stairs: links I liked

Dani Rodrik, who has tragically abandoned his blog due to a combination of work pressures and spammers, takes aim at groupthink on protectionism and the crisis. See what a blogging subset of Tories think about David Cameron’s recent speech on climate change. Looks like he’s got his work cut out. Proud father time – son…

By admin October 26, 2009 1

Migration and development: how to improve on a feeble new Human Development Report

The Human Development Report, published by UNDP, is traditionally the best of the UN annual tomes. This year’s HDR, entitled Overcoming Barriers, discusses migration. It’s a critical issue in development – moving in search of work and a better life has always been a strategy for people living in poverty as most modern-day Americans and Australians can…

By admin October 20, 2009 4

Identity and AK47s; bloody flags; fossil fuel subsidies; AidWatch v Sachs (again); CO2 is good for you and a good nobel prize (not that one): links I liked

‘“Give us our identity cards and we hand over our Kalashnikovs”, said the leader of the rebel forces in Côte d’Ivoire’, Bronwen Manby discusses the battle for citizenship in Africa. Here’s the flag of the Benin Empire, a pre-colonial African state situated in modern Nigeria that lasted from 1440 until 1897.  Any nominations for which…

By admin October 19, 2009 1