Author Archives: Ranil Dissanayake

Links round-up

Hi all, It’s an early morning links round-up today, as I’m showing my visiting mother around all day (which mainly seems to consist of a tour of all the bookstores in the UK – if you ever wonder where I … Continue reading

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Links round-up

Hi all, Sorry I forgot to warn you all that I wouldn’t be sending any links out before Easter: partly forgetfulness, partly the fact that my stomach had entirely overtaken my brain in anticipation of our Easter trip to Italy. … Continue reading

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Links round-up

Hi all, I’m going to be honest: my brain is fried. The CSAE conference started on Sunday morning, and I was either in a session, picking brains for opinions about my own research design or pickling brains with Matt in … Continue reading

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Who’s optimizing what, now?

As a horde of tired and wired academics prepare to converge on Stefan and Pramila’s (I feel like this has to instrument for something) this evening, I’m using what little is left of my brain to think about some of … Continue reading

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Bring your whole toolbox, and kill your priors

I’m a DFID economist, working out of a public policy school, so Rachel Glennerster’s superb keynote presentation was like catnip to me. She talked about turning research into policy impact, a production function of sorts that remains something of a … Continue reading

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Optimists, pessimists and speeches disguised as questions

Academic conferences are strange events: a gathering of intelligent and well-informed people, each of whom is either engaged in or expecting to be engaged in serious research pushing the frontiers of human knowledge, who struggle to ask questions in fewer … Continue reading

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Links round-up

Hi all, These links start with deaths a disturbing amount these days. I must be getting old. I had thought Simspons characters don’t die, but apparently it’s quite common. Still, Stephen Hawking probably had a bigger impact on the world … Continue reading

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Links round-up

Hi all, This week’s post is pretty much getting the last bit of me before I sleep for 48 hours to recover from the end of term. I’m just studying and I find it exhausting: I have no idea how … Continue reading

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Hi all, Greetings from Narnia! My perpetual pessimism about an endless winter has finally been borne out. I’m writing this e-mail on the bus between Oxford and London, looking out at a landscape almost entirely white, punctuated by the odd … Continue reading

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Hi all, Can someone please explain to me why, every time it gets even slightly warm for a few days, we get an arctic blast of sub-zero temperatures, like being slapped in the face by an angry snowman? Waiting for … Continue reading

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