Author Archives: Don Arthur

Petrol prices and obesity

Rising petrol prices might not be all bad, suggests economist Charles Courtemanche. In ‘A Silver Lining? The Connection between Gasoline Prices and Obesity’ Courtemanche presents evidence that increases in petrol prices may reduce obesity. Here’s the abstract: I find evidence … Continue reading

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Treasury admits GDP used inappropriately

The ABC’s Shraysi Tandon reports: A senior Treasury official has admitted that his department has been guilty of overusing gross domestic product (GDP), after recognising that it is a flawed measure of economic wellbeing and social progress. The Treasury’s macroeconomics … Continue reading

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Intellectual honesty

At The American Scene Noah Millman makes a distinction between intellectual honesty and advocacy: "Intellectually honest” means you make arguments you think are true, as opposed to making the arguments you are “supposed” to make and/or avoiding making arguments that … Continue reading

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