About

Welcome! This personal blog is dedicated to reflections with myself and readers about matters that I am passionate and think deeply about while pursuing my daily professional responsibilities. I will be writing mostly about the following matters:

  • Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Society
  • Paper and book reviews

My style of writing is quite free-spirited. My passion lies in the intersections of political economy, development economics, and public economics. My regional interests are mainly on Southeast Asia, South Asia and Western Europe.

Questions that I am most curious-driven about include: What make (political) institutions strong for efficient and equitable economic performance? Is it rapid economic development that create strong institutions, or the other way around? How can democracy (or autocracy) be empirically understood in its role of fostering strong institutions for efficient and just public resource allocation? How do we study the role of culture and history in economic modelling? How can many of these questions be understood in terms of incentives that motivate human agents to form certain norms, behaviours, histories and institutions with corollary economic outcomes?

Background

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I am currently based in Jakarta with UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Indonesia. Nevertheless, my blog will entirely reflect my own views.

I earned a BSc in Economics (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), a diploma in Mandarin Chinese (LTL Mandarin School in Beijing), and MSc in Comparative Politics (London School of Economics). I enjoy reading and writing, strolling in nature and hiking in Norwegian mountains. Social liberal, formerly liberal conservative.