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Purse

Emergency finance

Fiscal responsibility matters. Being careful guardians of the public purse during good times provides flexibility for dealing with nightmare scenarios. One such scenario is now unfolding, so it is worth going through the basic principles that guide us through. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
20 March, 2020
Italian flag

We will all be Italian

What happened in Italy this week could tempt us to feel smug. Surely, the decision to put the whole country into lockdown must be an exaggeration. Perhaps those Italians did not manage their affairs well enough. Italians have always been a bit melodramatic, right? If that is your response you do not understand either Italy or this new coronavirus. Despite all that is usually wrong with Italy’s government, bureaucracy and economy, this time Italy got most things right. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
13 March, 2020
Disturb

Quarantainment

Some of us have been training for a scenario like this our entire lives! Coronavirus has hit and in the early public reaction to the outbreak, there are already talks of a possible nation-wide quarantine or “self-isolation” policy. I may be an introverted troglodyte, but I’m not selfish. I don’t wish to be a part of the unnecessary spread of this disease. So, I am here to spill trade secrets from my introversion on how to safely keep yourself occupied... Read more

Insights Newsletter
13 March, 2020
Globalisation

A virus was always the Sword of Damocles over globalisation

Since 2008, a contagion spread through the developed world: people felt that elites and politicians were looking out for each other and forgetting them. With this new coronavirus, murmurings about a travel ban has begun since Christmas as the virus jumped beyond China. But it took weeks for the government to enact one. When it did, the media immediately started publishing stories about how the ban “feeds racism” and should be dropped. Read more

Nathan Smith
Insights Newsletter
6 March, 2020
Shaking

It’s only logical

Social norms can persist well past their use-by date because they can be so hard to change. Nobody wants to move first, lest they be considered the weirdo. Fortunately for you, I’m happy being the weirdo. It’s time to abandon the handshake and its even more grotesque cousin, the hug-and-kiss hello. Handshakes have a history. Greek artwork from twenty-five hundred years ago depicts them. People speculate that the handshake originated as a credible demonstration that the right hand held no... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
6 March, 2020

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