Some upcoming talks

A few talks coming up – please contact event organisers for details if you would like to come: 3 Feb 2015: PPE Society, Oxford 5 Feb 2015: London School of Economics: “How to See Into The Future” 25 Feb 2015: I interview Alastair Campbell and Lord...

The great data debate

‘The idea that we can somehow measure “the thing that matters most” is quite absurd’ As he appeals to the British public to vote him in as prime minister, the leader of the opposition proposes collecting new data to provide a better picture of how the country is...

The power of saying no

‘Every time we say yes to a request, we are also saying no to anything else we might accomplish with the time’ Every year I seem to have the same resolution: say “no” more often. Despite my black belt in economics-fu, it’s an endless challenge. But economics does tell...

How much is a (micro)life worth?

‘Travelling 28 miles on a motorbike is four micromorts; cycling the same distance is just over one micromort’ The Rand Corporation was established in 1948 as an independent research arm of the US Air Force, itself newly independent and in its pomp as the wielder of...

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