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The Entire Economy Is MoviePass Now. Enjoy It While You Can.
Inspired by Silicon Valley’s hyper-growth, companies elsewhere are burning cash in hopes of being the next big thing.
business  economics 
june 2018 by marcosmesser
Kate Raworth’s economics of miracles
M y first Summer book to read and review is Kate Raworth’s very successful “Doughnut economics: Seven ways to think like the 21st-cen...
economics  review  book 
june 2018 by marcosmesser
The Bill Gates Line
Understanding the differences between aggregators and platforms matters for companies interacting with them and also regulators considering antitrust.
business  economics  google 
may 2018 by marcosmesser
Zillow, Aggregation, and Integration
Zillow fits the description of an aggregator, but it hasn’t transformed its industry due to a lack of integration. Now it is trying to do exactly that.
april 2018 by marcosmesser
Will bourgeoisie ever rule the Chinese state?
[I am publishing early and somewhat modified versions of self-contained sections from my forthcoming book “Capitalism, alone”, Harvar...
book  economics  history 
march 2018 by marcosmesser
Tulips, Myths, and Cryptocurrencies
Did you hear the one about the tulip bubble? It’s almost certainly a myth. It is myths, though, that explain why cryptocurrencies are here to stay.
economics  history 
february 2018 by marcosmesser
Defining Aggregators
Building on Aggregation Theory, this provides a precise definition of the characteristics of aggregators, and a classification system based on suppliers. Plus, how to think about aggregator regulat…
economics  business 
february 2018 by marcosmesser
Amazon Go and the Future
Amazon Go exemplifies how Amazon is building its monopoly in three ways: horizontally, vertically, and financially. Plus, why automation is worth being optimistic about.
economics  business  futurism 
february 2018 by marcosmesser
Vernacular Economics: How Building Codes & Taxes Shape Regional Architecture
Ever noticed how the bricks on newer British buildings are bigger, or stopped to appreciate hand-stenciled wallpaper, or enjoyed a sip from a fancy hollow-stemmed glass? If so, you may well be admiring a product of regulation and taxes as much aesthetic tastes. From basic materials to entire architectural styles, building codes and taxation strategies
architecture  economics 
january 2018 by marcosmesser
Schumpeter’s two theories of imperialism
R ecently Thomas Hauner, Suresh Naidu and I published the draft of a joint piece ( here and here ) that examines empirically several l...
history  politics  economics 
january 2018 by marcosmesser
Will there be postcapitalism? Review of Paul Mason’s “Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future”
I t is an immensely ambitious book. In less than 300 pages, Paul Mason not only explains the past 300 years of capitalism and the effor...
book  economics 
january 2018 by marcosmesser
The illusion of degrowth: Part II
I read Jason Hickel reply to my post on degrowth carefully, and I think that I can report some progress in the sense that, on some iss...
economics  history 
january 2018 by marcosmesser
The illusion of “degrowth” in a poor and unequal world
I have recently had Twitter and email discussions with a couple of people who are strong proponents of “degrowth”. From these exchange...
economics  history 
january 2018 by marcosmesser
Reflections on Hayek | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
Friedrich A Hayek (1899-1992), well ahead of his time, viewed the market economy as an information processing system characterised by spontaneous order – the emergence of coherence through the independent actions of large numbers of individuals, each with limited and local knowledge, coordinated by price messages that arise from a decentralised process of competition.
december 2017 by marcosmesser
Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains
What are cryptocurrencies and how do they work? Using bitcoin as a case study, Jean-Paul Delahaye surveys the current state of blockchains, hash functions, mining, proof of work systems, and some of the myriad of ways peer-to-peer cash systems may be used in the future.
december 2017 by marcosmesser
Colonialism applied to Europe: review of Mazower’s “Hitler’s Empire”
Mark Mazower’s “ Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis ruled Europe” is a magisterial book. I read it on vacation, and it is not a book ...
book  reviews  history  economics 
july 2017 by marcosmesser
Multi-party kleptocracies rather than illiberal democracies
The term “illiberal democracy” was, I think, introduced by Fareed Zakaria. It was used as a badge of honor by Viktor Orban, the Hunga...
politics  economics 
july 2017 by marcosmesser
How did usury stop being a sin and become respectable finance? – Alex Mayyasi | Aeon Essays
Moneylending has been taboo for most of human history. So how did usury stop being a sin and become respectable finance?
economics  religion 
july 2017 by marcosmesser
The Sovereign Myth
Improving Policy, Advancing Liberty
politics  economics 
july 2017 by marcosmesser
It Takes a Theory to Beat a Theory: The Adaptive Markets Hypothesis
We need a new narrative for how markets work. We now have enough pieces of the puzzle to start putting it all together.
july 2017 by marcosmesser
This Is How Big Oil Will Die
Self-driving cars will be electric because of cost. And the cost will be so low, oil will not survive.
technology  economics 
june 2017 by marcosmesser
We Know What Causes Trade Deficits
On March 31, President Donald Trump ordered a study of the causes of the US trade deficit that will focus on trade barriers and unfair trade practices in fo
april 2017 by marcosmesser
How Singapore Is Creating More Land for Itself
The island off the southern tip of Malaysia reveals the future of building in an epoch of dwindling territory.
april 2017 by marcosmesser
Inflating our troubles away?
These are comments I gave on "Inflating away the public debt? An empirical assessment" by Jens Hilscher, Alon Aviv, and Ricardo Reis at t...
april 2017 by marcosmesser
Machiavelli as an economist
I was recently rereading The Discourses (as I periodically enjoy doing) and on Sunday I read a review of an interesting new book on Mac...
march 2017 by marcosmesser
The Deportees Taking Our Calls
How American immigration policy has fuelled an unlikely industry in El Salvador.
politics  economics 
january 2017 by marcosmesser
The War on Cash
Banks, governments, credit card companies and fintech evangelists all want us to believe a cashless future is inevitable and good. But this isn't a frictionless utopia says Brett Scott, and it's time to fight back
economics  privacy 
august 2016 by marcosmesser
How Will Brexit Shake Out?
James Surowiecki on the economic needs of the U.K. and its potential trade agreements with the rest of Europe.
july 2016 by marcosmesser
Our bulldozers, our rules
China’s foreign policy could reshape a good part of the world economy
politics  economics 
june 2016 by marcosmesser
We Need to Know Who Satoshi Nakamoto Is
Adrian Chen on why discovering the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, is more important than ever.
may 2016 by marcosmesser
The new astrology
By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience
april 2016 by marcosmesser
To boldly sell
Space is for sale. And if we want to get serious about our interplanetary ambitions, that could be a good thing
space  economics 
january 2016 by marcosmesser
Startup myths and obsessions - By invitation: Mariana Mazzucato
Tech startups are booming everywhere, we argue in a recent special report. We invited Mariana Mazzucato, professor in SPRU at the University of Sussex and...
technology  economics 
march 2015 by marcosmesser
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare | Rolling Stone
Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking
finance  politics  economics 
november 2014 by marcosmesser
The Logic of Stupid Poor People
We hates us some poor people. First, they insist on being poor when it is so easy to not be poor. They do things like buy expensive designer belts and $2500 luxury handbags. To be fair, this isn't about Eroll Louis. His is a belief held by many people, including lots of black people, poor…
culture  economics 
october 2014 by marcosmesser
The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes
The public doesn't seem to understand just how dysfunctional our financial regulatory system is, Michael Lewis writes. That may change today with a radio report from "This American Life."
politics  finance  economics 
september 2014 by marcosmesser
Nobel-winning economists challenge conventional thinking on recovery
Debt isn't always bad, fearing inflation is stupid and governments should spend far more, suggest top economists
august 2014 by marcosmesser
Betting on the Ponies: non-Unicorn Investing
Twenty fucking five to one My gambling days are done I bet on a horse called the Bottle of Smoke And my horse won - The Pogues I have decided to angel invest. Any advice? I spent some time decades ago in the horse-racing world, as a guest of someone who was actually in the …
investing  economics 
july 2014 by marcosmesser
Why free parking is bad for everyone
It seems like a boon. But it's a menace.
june 2014 by marcosmesser
I’m Just Now Realizing How Stupid We Are
Some things I've learned. - Morgan Housel - Financials
june 2014 by marcosmesser
Does Brazil Have the Answer?
As income inequality gets worse in the United States, it is falling in Brazil.
january 2014 by marcosmesser
The World Trade Organisation
IT TOOK every bit of the allotted time and then some. In the wee hours of December 6th the members of the World Trade Organisation rose to applaud the successful...
december 2013 by marcosmesser
Pobres como nós - Notícias Magazine - DN
Se o desespero chega por internet, então a pobreza atingiu definitivamente a pós-modernidade.
politics  economics 
october 2013 by marcosmesser
Samuel Pessoa: As manifestações da rua e o direito à meia-entrada
A interpretação de André Lara Resende sobre as causas do mal estar contemporâneo recebeu algumas críticas, entre as quais a do economista Samuel Pessoa
july 2013 by marcosmesser
Mining in Brazil
FOUR years after Brazil’s government said it was planning a radical rewrite of mining laws, on June 18th the industry, which accounts for 4% of GDP and almost a...
june 2013 by marcosmesser
The visible hand | The Economist
The crisis of liberal capitalism has been rendered more serious by the rise of a potent alternative: state capitalism
economics  from twitter_favs
january 2012 by marcosmesser
Investimentos - Finanças Pessoais - UOL Economia
Pobre é pobre porque não arrisca: . Claro: pegar um lotação em Duque de Caxias às 5:30 a.m. é pura acomodação.
humor  economics  from twitter_favs
september 2009 by marcosmesser

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