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Herbert Gintis on general equilibrium and inclusive fitness

Books + Ideas — October 2014

Oxford draws some great visiting speakers and last week I made it to two lectures by Herbert Gintis, who I knew from his recent book with Sam Bowles, A Cooperative Species. The first talk was a look at General Equilibrium in economics, arguing for an approach with private prices and adaptive expectations and presenting the results from some agent-based modelling. The second was a salvo in the debate about how all-embracing inclusive fitness theory is in explaining evolutionary adaptation. more

drive-by regression

Books + Ideas — March 2012

"Drive-by regression" is my phrase - I think an original coinage - for describing what economists (or statisticians or physicists) do when they pick some other field, grab some convenient data, take it out of its context and perform some statistical analysis on it, preferably finding some kind of counter-intuitive result, and then depart, leaving the locals to deal with the resulting mess. more

Exchange rates and relative prices

Moving — July 2010

I've adjusted to thinking in pounds and not converting prices to Australian dollars, at least for daily life. more


Oxford — April 2010

Wandering around central and inner East Oxford, there are few signs of economic malaise more

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