Category Archives: Economics, social and commercial policy

By social policy, I generally mean transfer and tax policies for individuals and families, as well as various regulations that influence their economic decisions (or scope of functionings and sphere of political possibilities). Trade policy is trade policy, which will involve lots of game theory from political science for the international negotiation side of things. Classical structures from economic theory generally provide a good baseline that can be the basis of discussion of externalities and other market imperfections. Some more technical stuff might creep in here.

Net neutrality rehash

Setting lower speed limits for small players is not right. Consumers should be empowered to make these choices through the bandwidth speeds they pay for. (This is the status quo.) It should not be left to the ISPs to decide … Continue reading

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When “I told you so” is the last thing you want to be warranted in saying

A site from Russian hackers is live streaming thousands of hacked video surveillance devices, live online. These hacked video surveillance devices are in Canada. More here.   Video surveillance, if any, should be closed circuit and extractbale for reviewing only … Continue reading

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“Tough on IT security”

We need more “tough on IT security” legislation which vigorously enables consumers and businesses to more easily assure themselves of their IT security.

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Foot-in-mouth disease as a cause of economic stagnation?

Technological progress is too focused on proliferation of methods to put other people’s feet in their respective mouths (foot-in-mouth disease) and not focused enough on constructive things. What’s “constructive”? I dunno, not mastering the art of how to stick other people’s feet in … Continue reading

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The Russian and Chinese interest to want success for political movements which prevent attraction of labour into the West

a) If someone is attracted to the West, they will not be available to work in the Chinese or Russian economies. b) Some of those people might be Russian or Chinese, and so if the West can attract them, this … Continue reading

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A Chinese wet dream

Allowed to buy from us, but not to talk about our politics.   (Also, there is no such thing as the CIA or the KGB. Except also they rule the world. Don’t worry. Black is white.)

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Explainer for Americans (and Canadian prime minsiters) on why lumber prices are lower in Canada

There are a lot of trees in Canada. That is why the price is lower. Lots are sold by bid/auction. The price is lower because there are lots and lots of trees. They tend to be far from where people … Continue reading

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Introductory-level trading scenario, plus some additional comments, to explain the upside and downside risks of trade-war-inducing tariff levels proposed by the US president

Here’s a demand curve. 1 guy willing to pay $2, 1 guy willing to pay $2.25, 1 guy willing to pay $2.50, 1 guy willing to pay $2.75 and one guy willing to pay $3. It’s a line. International supply … Continue reading

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Reasons not to waste your money on the Financial Times (or publications linked with it)

Financial Times, the epitome of quality financial reporting, interprets that Trump’s harsh words for supply management bode poorly for NZ. (I have not provided a link to that incorrect material that is locked behind a paywall.) But, among advanced countries … Continue reading

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One way of analyzing Trump’s economic plans

He plans to raise taxes on things that are not related to his businesses and reduce taxes on things that are related to his business. Personally, I think it his trade war threats could instead be modified to an economy-wide … Continue reading

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