“La teoria dell’America”

In barba alla reading list di un mese fa, settimana scorsa ho preso in prestito “I cicli della storia americana” di Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., insieme a “L’arte della diplomazia” di Henry Kissinger. Oggi ho finito di leggere il primo capitolo del libro di Schlesinger, appunto intitolato “La teoria dell’America”.

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“Austerity” by Mark Blyth

It has been a while…now I’m in thesis modus, and drowning in papers, books etc. Short reviews will help me to organize my ideas and may be of use to somebody else. So, let us start with Mark Blyth’s Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015), which I recommend as a thorough overview of the idea of austerity, especially to readers who are not familiar with economics as well as to economics freshmen, given the non-technical language.

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Sunday bites 1

In a normal week I, like many, bump into lots of interesting and worthwhile materials; from now on, I’ll try to link my week’s favourites each Sunday, my “Sunday bites”. Today we’ve

Today we’ve Where does Post-Keynesian economics come from?We are all protectionist and Paul Krugman vs. DSGE models (fun). Continue reading

Attending conferences and feeling dismal

I’m currently in the UK at the University of Warwick for my six months Erasmus, really thrilling experience, really good teaching quality (have an awesome Econometrics1 Professor!) and a very vibrant environment with tons of conferences and seminars.

Yesterday evening I attended two of these one-hour conferences in a row: one held by the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, the other by economic historian Nick Craft. Some very quick thought about the first one, because understanding what’s going on in policymakers’ heads is key – and quite discomforting in this case.

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