Le blog de Laurent GUERBY

mercredi 9 mai 2007

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jeudi 21 septembre 2006

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My diaries on the European Tribune:

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vendredi 4 août 2006

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My diaries on the European Tribune:

See also my previous ET diaries list.

Update 20060831 2127: I made some UK vs France employment graphs in comments of 20060701 Some employment numbers

samedi 10 juin 2006

European Tribune

I've been posting a few diaries on the European Tribune lately after meeting with the nice people out there.

This explains the lack of messages here for the past few days, together with my sister's wedding :).

vendredi 31 mars 2006

France USA Economics

Brad Setser cites some of the french blogosphere in a provocative post France: The most “Anglo-Saxon” of the big 3 continental economies:

That's a headline you won't see in the financial or popular press.

The basic narrative is already established: France won't change, and as a result, will lag behind the more flexible "Anglo-Saxon" economies.

French labor market and social institutions certainly do differ from those in the US. Personally, I think the US could learn a thing or two from France's health care system (I have direct experience with both systems, having lived in both countries). And I suspect France could learn a thing or two from the US as well. Not all aspects of the French model are working right now. [...]

Brad follows with some macro-economics data showing a very different picture than the biased data present on Debat 2007 which BTW looks more and more like good old propaganda, only new thing being that 10% of content will not follow the same bias and will probably used as an excuse for the rest.

France health care is counted as "prélèvement obligatoire", but well, not all of that is badly spent after all? Brad does not miss the hypocrit dinosaurs currently ruling the country:

There is a certain irony in all the commentary arguing that French students are blocking France's transition to the twenty-first century, while de Villepin -- a poetry-writing, never-elected enarque who in many ways embodies the French post-war establishment -- repesents the future.

But back on the economics, it looks like some stress the importance of strong consumption and consumer confidence on growth, is it then absolutely necessary to try to bring down consumer morale with measures widely regarded at best as dubious from an economics point of view?

samedi 11 février 2006

Music, Religion and Society

Stumbling and Mumbling offers us an insightful view about music, religion and society:

[...] Having lost religion, then, we’ve lost musical skills. As Wikipedia’s remarkable entry on folk music points out, this is evident in Superbowls (and I’d add Cup finals); a few years ago, the crowd would sing the national anthem and Abide With Me. Today, some “star” is hired to do so. [...]

[...] When we regard music as something we consume rather than produce, it’s hard to rebuild musicianship; listening to a song as a consumer, and listening to it with the intention of playing it yourself are two very different things, as I’ve been discovering recently. [...]

Refreshing after all those talks about religion and recently.

mercredi 8 février 2006

Skeptical Optimist Quote of The Week

The Skeptical Optimist quote of the week touches recent musings of mine:

Those among us who are unwilling to expose their ideas to the hazard of refutation do not take part in the scientific game.

—Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, p.280

Now let's ping him about why economists don't make more efforts to publish their data to enable refutation or second look based on the same data: after all those hard efforts at collecting data and analyzing it, small efforts to anonymize when needed are certainly not in the realm of the impossible...