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Alberto Mingardi: April 2014

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The resurrection of the automatic watch

Entrepreneurialism
Alberto Mingardi
David Landes' brilliant book, Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World, ends with a chapter that reads like an obituary of sorts to Swiss watchmaking. The book was published in 1983, and Landes maintained that the... MORE

Schumpeter, intellectuals and capitalism

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Alberto Mingardi
Kevin Hassett recently debated Thomas Piketty on his book, "Capital in the 21st Century". After presenting some interesting points on Piketty's work, Hassett reminds his audience, somehow ironically, that not just Marx, but also Joseph Schumpeter thought that capitalism was... MORE

We aren't very Victorian, are we?

Book Club
Alberto Mingardi
I was reading recently John Vincent's "The Formation of the British Liberal Party 1857-68", a classic on the subject and a most interesting book. I was struck by the following passage: Very striking rewards, then, did not act at all... MORE

Europe vs Uber

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Uber is having a hard time in Europe. The San Francisco company has started its operations in quite a few cities now. This fact has raised protest by taxi-drivers (as any other human being, they do not like new competitors).... MORE

Ramblings on Piketty

Book Club
Alberto Mingardi
I've finally received my copy of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty's magnum opus that has already risen to the status of a cult book for the political left. It is a good rule never to comment on a... MORE

Is Venice going to secede?

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Two weeks ago, an online referendum on the independence of Veneto has gained the attention of the international media. This is not surprising: Venice is one the marvels of the world, and people rightly care for its future. The referendum's... MORE

Nudging consumers and regulators

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Alberto Mingardi
About one year ago, the British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) -- which also regulates consumer credit -- published an Occasional Paper aimed at explaining how it is going to take advantage of the insights of behavioral economics. For one thing,... MORE

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