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Alberto Mingardi: January 2014

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How to measure the influence of think tanks?

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
Think tanks very often claim they are "fighting the war of ideas" - but indeed it is difficult to assess success and casualties in this kind of "war". All non-profits have problems in finding suitable metrics for their achievements -... MORE

German President defends the market economy

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Germany's President, Joachim Gauck, has given a talk at the Walter Eucken Institute. The Eucken Institute keeps the tradition of the Freiburg school of economics alive. For an introduction to Ordoliberalism, you may give a look to this paper by... MORE

Spiderman and the trust-busters

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Alberto Mingardi
I am no big reader of business books, but I was recently most fascinated by "Marvel Comics. The Untold Story" by Sean Howe, published by HarperCollins in 2012. Howe does a superb job in telling two stories at once: on... MORE

Amazon's crystal ball

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
Amazon has already revolutionized the delivery of many goods, but may still have some surprises in store. The Wall Street Journal Digits blog reported that the Seattle-based company has patented the so-called "anticipatory shipping," a method to start delivering packages... MORE

Could we have another Arthur Seldon?

Economics and Culture
Alberto Mingardi
The Online Library of Liberty is hosting an interesting symposium on the contributions of Arthur Seldon, the first, unforgettable editorial director of the IEA. Seldon studied at the LSE, where, like Ronald Coase, he found a mentor in Arnold Plant.... MORE

Hayekian arguments for basic income

Economic Philosophy
Alberto Mingardi
Matt Zwolinski has an interesting article which attempts to answer the question "Why Did Hayek Support a Basic Income?". His answer is that Hayek did so because such a minimum endowment of economic means grants people the essential freedom to... MORE

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