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A conference nearly three years ago looked at the ethics and morality of Social Impact Bonds. A concise summary of some of the issues discussed raised the question of: ...moral dilemmas that can arise when we place a financial value on social outco...

George Monbiot writes:The largest fortunes are now made not through entrepreneurial brilliance but through inheritance, monopoly and rent-seeking: securing exclusive control of crucial assets, such as land and buildings, privatised utilities and inte...

Tim Harford writes about healthcare in the US:The US healthcare system is a monument to perverse incentives, unintended consequences and political inertia. It is astonishingly bad — indeed, it’s so astonishingly bad that even people who believe i...

Vassilis Serafimakis writes to the London Review of Books, telling us why focusing on one particular economic variable - the fiscal deficit - is misguided: ...Diana Stone notes that ‘Zimbabwe’s fiscal deficit is around 12 per cent of GDP’ and...

The JAMES Bond

on Jul 6, 2019

Cao Honghui writes about a new type of bond that may be about to be issued in Hong Kong. The original Chinese is here; this is from the Google translation:Inspired by socially functional bonds, the concept of Justice Achievable Market Enabler Savi...

'Recruit to deny'

on Jun 27, 2019

This is what happens when we blindly use badly-thought out metrics: [M]any of our [ie, the US'] greatest universities have lately adopted an even more egregious new practice—“recruit to deny,” a policy in which schools actively encourage stud...

An interesting article from two years ago looks at the use of simple questionnaires, metrics and big data in psychotherapy. It's a field that is in need of objective data: Risk alerts [derived from clients' feedback] allow therapists to adjust treatm...







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