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Boehmermann vs Erdogan – an updateaortmannphd

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:38:39 +0000

You might remember the case of German comedian Boehmermann and the poem with which he demonstrated what you could, by then-German law (paragraph 103 StGB, the Criminal Code), *not* say about high-office holders abroad. Because the poem targeted him, and since wanna-be dictators like him tend to lack a sense of humor, Turkish PM Erdogan … Continue reading "Boehmermann vs Erdogan – an update"(image)


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Lemonade and the question of (laboratory) evidenceaortmannphd

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:02:59 +0000

Lemonade Inc., the New York based fintech startup that sells home and renters insurance has been in the news recently. It has raised tens of millions in venture capital  and also considerable interest in the top echelons of corporate Australia. I know because I was asked to reflect on it as part of a workshop … Continue reading "Lemonade and the question of (laboratory) evidence"(image)


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Why Blockchain has no economic futurepaulfrijters

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:49:20 +0000

When Bitcoin went public in 2009 it introduced to the world of finance and economics the technology of blockchain. Even the many who thought Bitcoin would never make it as a major currency were intrigued by the BlockChain technology and a large set of new companies have tried to figure out how to offer new … Continue reading "Why Blockchain has no economic future"(image)


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I guess I can’t run for Australian Parliamentcoreecon

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:25:28 +0000

I’m not sure if anyone was hoping I might return to Australia one day and run for Parliament. I certainly never thought about it. But it had never occurred to me that I might be prohibited from doing so. After all, I am an Australian citizen, was born in Australia, and right at the moment … Continue reading "I guess I can’t run for Australian Parliament"(image)


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EU plans for VAT taxation are doomed to fail. Again.paulfrijters

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:25:26 +0000

Taxation is the potential downfall of the EU as an institution. The reason is that within the EU, several member states are making money from the tax evasion in other member states, a situation akin to having a wife slowly murdering her husband with poison. Unless this stops, a divorce becomes inevitable. Luxemburg, the Netherlands, … Continue reading "EU plans for VAT taxation are doomed to fail. Again."(image)


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Why would banks eliminate ATM fees?coreecon

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:09:19 +0000

Over the past two days, the four major Australian banks have eliminated ATM fees charged to users who are not their customers who use their ATMs. This is great news for people who do not use ATMs of their own banks. They no longer have to pay the fees — that have been transparent since … Continue reading "Why would banks eliminate ATM fees?"(image)


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Is cross-ownership a competition problem in Australia?coreeconmartincschmalz_2017-Mar-16 3.jpgmartincschmalz_2017-Mar-16 2.jpgmartincschmalz_2017-Mar-16.jpgmartincschmalz_2017-Mar-16 1.jpg

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:33:19 +0000

Possibly. First some context. I raised this issue a couple of years ago in a post here. It was motivated by new research in the US on the impact of cross-ownership by institutional investors on competition in US airlines. So ask yourself: when those shareholders vote on the composition of boards or the management of … Continue reading "Is cross-ownership a competition problem in Australia?"(image)


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Will pricier soda lead to slimmer waistlines?gigifosterunsweduau

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:27:51 +0000

Policies that can be set in motion with little more than the stroke of a pen can be very seductive. That’s particularly true with policies that appear to have the same hue as some major social problem, since lawmakers can use that problem as a rationale for the policy, and hope that no one thinks … Continue reading "Will pricier soda lead to slimmer waistlines?"(image)


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In Memoriam Thomas C. Schellingaortmannphd

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:32:40 +0000

Tom Schelling was a US American economist (born April 14, 1921); until his death yesterday (Aussie time) he was Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences which he shared with Robert Aumann, a belated completion of the NASH quartet that … Continue reading "In Memoriam Thomas C. Schelling"(image)


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Tot ziens Australie!paulfrijters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:59:50 +0000

It’s been a great 15 years in Australia for me and the family, so we will be leaving lots of friends and colleagues behind as we seek new adventures in London, where from next week onwards  I will be part of a Wellbeing centre, pretty much the same topic as the Australian Research Council has … Continue reading "Tot ziens Australie!"(image)


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