Category Archives: Notes

Historical Banking Crises and the Rules of the Game

Attended an interesting talk today: “Historical Banking Crises and the Rules of the Game” by Professor Charles Calomiris, Columbia Business School. Sporadic notes below. See also this Weaving History thread on Financial Crises. Notes One crisis with 20 different explanations. Need to sort these out a little. If banks are uninsured then in a recession […]

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The Elusive Disappearance of Community

From Laslett ‘Phillipe Ariès and “La Famille”‘ p.83 (quoted in Eisenstein, p.131): The actual reality, the tangible quality of community life in earlier towns or villages … is puzzling … and only too susceptible to sentimentalisation. People seem to want to believe that there was a time when every one belonged to an active, supportive […]

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Talk by Frederick Scherer: Deregulatory Roots of the Current Financial Crisis

Last Thursday I attended a talk by Frederick Scherer at the [Judge] entitled: “Deregulatory Roots of the Current Financial Crisis”. Below are some sketchy notes. Notes Macro story: Huge current account deficit for last 10-15 years Expansionary Fed policy has permitted this to happen while interest rates are low Median real income has not risen […]

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Of Mice and Academics: Examining the Effect of Openness on Innovation

Just came across an interesting working paper put out last Autumn that is relevant to the openness and innovation debate. Entitled: Of Mice and Academics: Examining the Effect of Openness on Innovation and authored by Fiona Murray, Philippe Aghion, Mathias Dewatripont, Julian Kolev and Scott Stern, it is an attempt to bring some empirical evidence […]

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ESRC Well-Being Research Workshop at the LSE

Last Friday I attended an ESRC Research Workshop on Well-Being held at the LSE. According to the blurb: The time is ripe for a major expansion of well-being research in Britain – in conjunction with leading overseas colleagues. Among public policy-makers, there is an increasing desire to promote well-being and a need for evidence on […]

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European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Conference 2008

Last Friday and Saturday I was at the 2008 European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) conference, held this year in Bern. I presented my paper on the optimal term of copyright and discussed a paper of Luca Spinesi’s on ‘Imperfect IPR enforcement, inequality, and growth’. Below can be found ‘impressionistic’ notes from some of the […]

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CCRP Summer Workshop 2008

City University’s Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy summer workshop took place today and yesterday and I was there to present The Control of Porting in Platform Markets. As well as presenting I had the chance to take some ‘impressionistic’ notes on some of talks which are included below. Thursday Session 1: Telecoms and Postal […]

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FLOSS 2008 Workshop on Free/Open Source Software

Last week I attended FLOSS 2008, the second international workshop/network meeting on FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source software) in Rennes, France. I was presenting my paper Innovation and Imitation with and without Intellectual Property Rights (and would have offered discussant comments but the author of the paper I was scheduled to discuss had to pull out at […]

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2008 International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC)

After attending the IIOC conference last year I was back this weekend at the 2008 IIOC event which took place at Marymount University in Virginia. I presented the latest version of two of my papers: The Control of Porting in Two-Sided Markets and Forever Minus a Day? Theory and Empirics of Optimal Copyright Term. I […]

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What’s Wrong with Modern Macroeconomics

This January I met Alan Kirman at the Robinson Workshop on Rationality and Emotions. Over lunch we had a brief discussion about the difficulties of modern macroeconomics. I was therefore intrigued to see a new paper of his (co-authored with Peter Howitt, David Colander, Axel Leijonhufvud and Perry Mehrling) entitled Beyond DSGE Models: Towards an […]

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