Author Archives: Ranil Dissanayake

Links round-up

Hi all, The world is so odd right now. In the last week, we’ve seen the US President tweet out an advert set to the Batman music (thanks to Huw, I was able to watch it in all of its … Continue reading

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Links round-up

Hi all, You know, every once in a while my mood just plummets after spending five minutes reading the news and not just for the obvious reasons. I’m very much a big-picture optimist, in the Max Roser camp of taking … Continue reading

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Hi all, Normally as the calendar turns towards Spring, the intros to the links become easier and easier to write: I make some comment about the first rays of sunshine (I took an hour-long walk over my lunch break today … Continue reading

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Hi all, During the CSAE conference, I heard that Alan Krueger had passed away. My exposure to Krueger was primarily through his seminal paper with David Card on minimum wages – a case study in tackling a big topic carefully … Continue reading

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CSAE Conference 2019 Blog

CSAE Conference Day 2: A few thoughts on culture One of the things about the CSAE conference is that everyone’s experience of it is quite different. With so many parallel sessions, each participant takes an idiosyncratic walk through a forest … Continue reading

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CSAE Conference 2019 Blog

CSAE Conference Day 1: The sceptics guide to innovation and AI Apparently, sufficiently large gatherings of development economists can generate freak weather occurrences (n=2). Last year the CSAE conference was held in a freak patch of sunshine sandwiched by the … Continue reading

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Links round-up

Hi all, This week’s links are just a tiny foretaste of a barrage of economics to come: on Sunday, the 2019 CSAE Conference on Economic Development in Africa starts. I’ll be blogging the Sunday and Monday of the conference, picking … Continue reading

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Hi all, It’s International Women’s Day today, and while I unfortunately won’t be celebrating by seeing Captain Marvel (I suspect any attempts to play the IWD card to get my partner to watch an action flick only I am interested … Continue reading

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Hi all, In the mid to late 1990s, there was a spate of ‘disaster’ movies, focusing on plausible but unexpected or unlikely natural catastrophes. They had names like Volcano (in which Tommy Lee Jones kicks a volcano’s ass), Dante’s Peak … Continue reading

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Hi all, I’ve been suffering from two productivity sinks today, which are killing my attempts to make some sense of the results of a survey I ran last year in the hopes that there’s a paper lurking somewhere inside it … Continue reading

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