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Indecent Proposals in Economics: The Moral Problem With Randomized Trial Experiments

The advent of field Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) has made it more acceptable for applied economists to collect data in developing countries....

Tainted Philanthropy in Higher Education

Our institutions of higher education should apply appropriate ethical and academic standards when considering financial donations; otherwise, they risk promoting the private interests of...

During a Pandemic, Beware the Man of One Model

"I have great respect for the scientific model builders who attempt at quantifying the uncertainty we face and those policy advisors who are willing to accept differences...

Deaths of Despair and Covid-19: a Webinar With Angus Deaton and Luigi Zingales

Deaths of despair are a slow disintegration of working-class lives: Will the coronavirus accelerate this process? In a conversion with Luigi Zingales, Nobel laureate...

Is Monetary Policy Independence Out of Date? A Mini-Course With Paul Tucker (Part 3)

The Federal Reserve and the ECB have been taking unprecedented steps to react to the financial impact of Covid-19. To frame the debate around the...

Are the Findings in Academic Economic Journals to be Trusted?

A growing number of studies provide evidence that editors (and referees) of academic journals often publish only findings showing a significant effect or surprising...

Paul Krugman on the Economic Impact of Coronavirus: “We Are Very Vulnerable, This Could Be Pretty Bad”

A sneak video preview of next week's episode of Capitalisn't, the podcast hosted by Luigi Zingales and Kate Waldock, in which Nobel Prize-winning economist...

Paul Krugman on the Economic Impact of Coronavirus: "We Are Very Vulnerable, This Could Be Pretty Bad"

A sneak video preview of next week's episode of Capitalisn't, the podcast hosted by Luigi Zingales and Kate Waldock, in which Nobel Prize-winning economist...

The Most Persistent of All Zombie Ideas: That Taxing the Wealthy Is Destructive to the Economy

Economics can’t tell you what values to have. It can, however, shed light on what to expect from policy that reflects any particular set...

A New Capitalisn't Episode: Did the Economists of the '60s and '70s Ruin the Economy?

Are economists to blame for our current state of affairs? That's the argument Binyamin Appelbaum makes in his book "The Economists' Hour." In this...

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How Political Conflict Shapes Macroeconomics: Alberto Alesina’s Intellectual Legacy

One of the most respected economists of his generation, Harvard professor Alberto Alesina suddenly died at 63. His friend and colleague Guido...

“Alberto Alesina Always Knew Where The Big Ideas Were”

Harvard economist Alberto Alesina passed away at 63. Paola Giuliano, UCLA professor and Alesina's co-author, recalls his intellectual and human legacy: "He...

Bethany McLean’s Weekend Reading List: Fracking, Germs, and the Global Financial Crisis

Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

We Need More Respectful and Inclusive Experiments in Development Economics: A Proposal

After many years of field research in Uganda, three economists outline how to prevent a powerful research tool such as randomized...

Indecent Proposals in Economics: The Moral Problem With Randomized Trial Experiments

The advent of field Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) has made it more acceptable for applied economists to collect data in developing countries....