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One typical manifestation of the 'New Optimism', is Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature. According to the New Optimists, most of the indicators of human health, freedom, and educational achievement are improving. This is undeniably g...

They keep coming: Ethiopia, Azerbaijan/Armenia, Mali/Nigeria/Benin, etc.  It's too late to do anything much to stop the current conflicts or to avoid the imminent ones, but we can at least set in place mechanisms to prevent those wars and civi...

Haonan Li and Victor Yaw write: If there is a lesson from Singapore’s development it is this: forget grand ideologies and others’ models. There is no replacement for experimentation, independent thought, and ruthless pragmatism. Haonan Li and Vic...

From the current New Scientist: The world has now already warmed about 1⁰C since the pre-industrial age... "Even at 1⁰C warming, climate change is bringing us to the edge, or even over the edge, of what we are able to cope with." says Friederike...

One reason why Social Policy Bonds haven't been implemented, in contrast to their non-tradable variant, is that it's difficult to experiment with them. To stand a chance of being implemented in preference to more-conventional policies, Social Policy...

Where is this going?

on Sep 15, 2020

Social Policy Bonds haven't exactly set the world on fire. Despite my high hopes, or naivety, when I first came up with the idea, back in the 1980s, they have not not been issued anywhere. Social Impact Bonds - the non-tradeable variant - have, howev...

There are sound reasons for being disdainful of quantitative targets in policymaking - something that forms the very basis of Social Policy Bonds. But, perhaps unfortunately, in our highly aggregated, complex, societies, the alternative to targetin...







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