Category Archives: Rafe

Adam Smith was hardly a neoliberal?

There is a little gem of a review of a new biography of Adam Smith in The Weekend Australian Review section. You probably threw it out on Saturday but it lingered on the kitchen table here and it came to … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Economics, Rafe | 4 Comments

Boettke on Hayek. Misconceptions

This is the second in a series of slow readings of Peter Boettke’s book on Hayek. The first was a sketch of the Pete’s mission to show how the institutional analysis of social and economic processes charted by Hayek can … Continue reading

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Boettke on Hayek and Hayek in Australia

The new book on Hayek by Peter Boettke is a good read if you like that kind of thing. Gerard Henderson once reminded me that not everyone goes on holiday with a Hayek book and the latest issue of the … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Economics, Cultural Issues, Rafe | 5 Comments

The Safeguard Mechanism Rule planted by Turnbull and Hunt to inflate power prices

My colleague at the Five Dock Climate Realists has reminded me about a little-appreciated development that was put in train in 2016 with bipartisan support to replace the Carbon Tax. One of Minister Hunt’s first task in the new Cabinet … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe, Uncategorized | 23 Comments

EXTREME WEATHER IN BRITAIN 8,000 KILLED

In 1703. 6.00 Thursday in SE AUST, Wind and Other delivering 2.5% of pre-breakfast demand. BRITAIN IN 2018 The story in Britain. Unlike other Western nations, the UK has made legally binding commitments to decarbonisation as a result of the … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 15 Comments

New England bookshops to visit in the fall.

The stores. Enjoy! Wind and Other doing 7.5% of demand before breakfast.

Posted in Books and writing, Rafe | 2 Comments

EEO unintended consequences

Do Equal Employment Opportunity Statements Backfire? Evidence From A Natural Field Experiment On Job-Entry Decisions Andreas Leibbrandt, John A. List NBER Working Paper No. 25035 Issued in September 2018 NBER Program(s):Law and Economics, Labor Studies Labor force composition and the … Continue reading

Posted in Market Economy, Rafe | 12 Comments

Critical problems in the integrated power grid

Recycling a comment from RobK in a previous thread on the renewable road to ruin. He reports a talk by an electrical engineer, Kate Summers of Pacific Hydro. She has excessive enthusiasm for renewable energy, especially hydro (which is cheating), … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 42 Comments

Semantic drift in the climate debate

Reading some academic literature by warming alarmists on the appropriate way to respond to criticism suggests that we have a shift in the meaning of key concepts in the debate. Cutting to the chase, in this literature the role of … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 21 Comments

The importance of economic growth for the poor

Dan Mitchell, our man in DC with current US data to demonstrate that all boats rise and fall together. See also Jim Rose and the NZ Taxpayers. That reminds me, we are going to NZ at Christmas, travelling from bottom … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Rafe, Taxation | 10 Comments