About

Welcome! Beside pursuing my daily professional responsibilities, this blog is dedicated to contemplations with myself and readers about matters that I am deeply passionate about. I will be mostly writing about such matters:

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

In more specific terms, I am most passionate about topics that can be investigated through the tools of applied microeconomics, especially in political economics, public economics and development economics. Questions that I am most interested in are the following: What makes institutions strong for efficient and equitable economic performance? Is it rapid income growth that create strong institutions, or the other way around? How to empirically understand the role of democracy (or autocracy) in fostering strong institutions for efficient and just public resource allocation? How to include culture and history in economic modelling? I am personally most keen to understand these questions in terms of what kinds of incentives motivate human agents to form certain norms, behaviours and institutions with corollary economic outcomes. The spirit of applying rigorous statistical techniques for justifying value judgements about what a wishful society would look like, especially with regard to the value-added role of political reform for development, is something that drives my enthusiasm substantially (see “Economics Rules“, from p. 111). I am additionally open-minded about the “complexity economics” approach to answering my questions, as a constant reminder of seeking perspectives from other fields in my pursuit of becoming a better, aspiring economist.

I am also deeply engaged about Asia, especially Southeast Asia, Vietnam and China. India and South Asia in general are getting there. Moreover, I’m trying to nurture a greater curiosity for questions asked in behavioural economics, labour economics and environmental economics, which are perhaps three of the most important fields of which to understand and appreciate more in this century (within economics!).

Background

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

I earned a BSc. in Economics (2014, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology and London School of Economics), and thereafter a diploma in Mandarin Chinese (2015, LTL Mandarin School) and MSc. in Comparative Politics (2016, London School of Economics). I enjoy reading and writing, strolling in nature and hiking in Norwegian mountains.