Smart Links 20 May 2012
Commentary on the morality of climate change, complexity economics, ending the recession, the end of old Africa, and the good, bad and ugly of resource based economics.
Little things add up.
London Review of Books -- What is the rational response?
For the benefit of anyone who has spent the past decade or so on a different planet, the most frequently asked questions about climate change on this one are as follows. Is it getting warmer?
We have discussed the work of Eric Beinhocker on the evolution of economics before. This video is more evidence of its importance, start at 4.30. This is where the future of economics lies.
youtube -- Eric Beinhocker: Complexity in Economic Theory
Eric Beinhocker, Senior Fellow at McKinsey and Company, is the moderator to this session on complexity in economic theory at INET's Bretton Woods Conference on April 10, 2011. Brian Arthur, Ian Goldin, and Thomas Homer Dixon speak after him.
Krugman on the need to end austerity.
New York Review of Books -- How to End This Depression
The depression we’re in is essentially gratuitous: we don’t need to be suffering so much pain and destroying so many lives.
Evidence that old Africa is dying out by saving its children.
Economist -- The best story in development
Africa is experiencing some of the biggest falls in child mortality ever seen, anywhere.
Resources, can’t live with them, can’t live without them.
Globe and Mail -- Shrugging off Canada’s competitiveness shortfall
Canada’s competitiveness collapse since 2000 has attracted a deluge of attention and distress.
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