Links for the week

1. From the Synthesis Blog, two invited bloggers discuss Policy and Government By Bridget Rosewell By David Blake

2.  Still on Government, Jennifer Pahlka on TEDtalk asks if: Governments be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? She believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.For economists it makes us look beyond the Dynasty Leader.

3. From the Blog Cosmos And Culture, an invited blogger Sheril Kirshenbaum, writes about “Taking a bite out of Energy Consumption”, very interesting throughout, some interesting facts about energy consumption in the U.S, and the incredible waste of energy!

4. Mark Graham wrote an essay on: “Big data and the end of theory?”. Theorist watch out! But he concludes “… we shouldn’t forget the important role of specialists to contextualise and offer insights into what our data do, and maybe more importantly, don’t tell us”. So not everything is lost for theorists.

(You can also follow Mark on twitter @geoplace, very interesting and nice guy!).

5. Stephen Gordon, has a thought experiment about “International Finance without International Trade”, it raises interesting points, but it clearly a work in progress.

6. From Kevin Bryant of A Fine Theorem, analysis of “Collective Invention” by Robert C. Allen, he exposes the idea of the paper, and what can we infer for the Present, in the case of China for example.

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