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Arguments for eco-centrism & deep ecology: draft subject to revision

January 6, 2019 - 19:09 -- Admin

The conventional view of economists and others is that nature and biodiversity have instrumental value as a consumption good (broadly defined to include conservation, aesthetic and altruistic motives as well as standard uses) and as a factor of production (e.g. transport or dairy. Thus we stop species from going extinct because it offends the convexity of our preferences – humans value diversity.

Fish wars

November 3, 2018 - 10:11 -- Admin

It is important to understand the basic economics of conflicts over fishing rights as discussed in this article.  The problem arises from the difficulty or impossibility of enforcing property rights over access to fishing rights.   With open access exploitation of fisheries – a free for all grab for available fish – there is excessive exploitation of fish  and total fish yields decline.  It is impo

Driverless car technology and congestion

November 2, 2018 - 09:37 -- Admin

A traffic engineer told me the other day that driverless car technology would largely replace the need for expanding road systems in urban centers.   The general idea is that if car travel can be automated that there are plenty of roads for cars to make synchronized journeys on so congestion will disappear.  There are now many studies that question the claim that driverless cars will reduce congestion – t

Comments on corporate taxes

March 16, 2018 - 14:45 -- Admin

Most people don’t seem to understand* what company tax is intended to do in Australia’s tax imputation system. The idea of imputation is to avoid taxing the same income twice. When a firm earns profits it is taxed on those profits at the company tax rate of 30%. If some of the after-tax profits are distributed as dividends to shareholders then the intention is not to tax this income a second time when it reaches the shareholder.

Investment advice

February 26, 2018 - 13:12 -- Admin

I am often asked to give financial advice to friends and colleagues partly on the grounds that I am an economist and partly because, it is supposed, I have a fair bit of experience in investing. My response is that I have no special expertise in making investment choices although I do have strong views on what should be avoided. 


Rational expectations?

February 16, 2018 - 10:23 -- Admin

A penny dreadful mining exploration company that I have followed in the past (to my regret) has made losses for each of the past 10 years.  It has several exploration sites that it owns or co-owns,  but none is anything close to a producing mine – indeed at some “promising” sites, only a single drill sample has been analyzed. Several of the sites are in Africa.   The firm is capitalized at about $40m but has cash at the bank of only about $500,000.

The Vietnam War

January 15, 2018 - 22:11 -- Admin

I watched the ten-part series,  “The Vietnam War” (TVW), now made available at SBS online.  This is a powerful analysis of this almost grotesque tragedy that influenced my own thinking greatly as a young man. It changed me into a person who thought politically. I opposed the American-run war and Australia’s participation in it during my final high school years and most of my years of study at university.

Fire and Fury

January 15, 2018 - 11:27 -- Admin

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” is a sustained attack on the Donald Trump presidency. Trump is revealed as a narcissist bumbler who repeats himself. A buffoon who is out of his depth for the job of being President. The White House staff he has surrounded himself with are a barely competent collection of factions competing for his attention but all of whom are individually aware of the extent of the Trump inadequacies.