Emi Nakamura and #WomenInEconomics

On 2 May, it was announced that the economist, Emi Nakamura (Berkeley), had earned the John Bates Clark Medal, an annually-awarded prize which enjoys similar prestige among young American economists as the Yrjö Jahnsson Award does among young European economists. While myself being an enthusiastic follower of the "credibility revolution" within microeconomics - which can … Continue reading Emi Nakamura and #WomenInEconomics

Testing myths about parenthood with data

https://nyti.ms/2vecHgC A recent piece on the New York Times by the economist, Emily Oster (Brown), briefly introduces her upcoming book about how common feelings of guilt among young parents - often transferred down by society and its gold standards of ideal parenthood - are refutable by new data-driven evidence suggesting that the feelings of guilt … Continue reading Testing myths about parenthood with data

Is economics always pro-market?

“Economics Now Points Away From the Laissez-Faire Approach”: A recent interview featuring the economist, Sureish Naidu, briefly summarized all the reasons why economics these days has a lot more to contribute to the policy world. Here's a few quotes to which I could directly relate to my own reflections and past experience with economics, being … Continue reading Is economics always pro-market?

Pro-social incentives and skills in the public sector

Yesterday was a fantastic day for applied microeconmists, and which further reminded me of the very reasons why I eventually seek to become one. The European Economic Association (EEA) announced that the 2019 Yrjö Jahnsson Award, a prestigious bi-annual prize awarded to European economists under the age of 45, went to Oriana Bandiera (LSE) and … Continue reading Pro-social incentives and skills in the public sector

Chef’s Table, Bo Songvisava and Thailand

A colleague of mine recently introduced me to “Chef’s Table”, a Netflix series documenting different world cuisines through stories of individual chefs and their chosen cuisine of specialization. The first episode that I watched featured Duangporn “Bo” Songvisava, a female Thai co-chef and owner of Bo.Lan, a Bangkok restaurant. This was not a random choice. … Continue reading Chef’s Table, Bo Songvisava and Thailand

Alan Krueger (1960-2019) & Current Readings

I've recently benefited greatly from using all the resources available at the LSE to refresh myself with some academic literature. Here's a few works that I've been reading: Rodrik, D. (2015). "Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science". New York: W.W. Norton & Company. Morjaria, A. (2014). "Is Democracy Detrimental for the … Continue reading Alan Krueger (1960-2019) & Current Readings