Categories for Policy

July 22, 2018 1:36 pm

Getting the inequality we want

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Far from establishing – or even debating – a specific level to which to reduce inequality, politicians continue to allow it to rise. This will change only when policymakers treat inequality more like GDP growth, health care, or climate-change mitigation:... Read Blogpost

March 16, 2018 12:58 pm

The art of ratcheting

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The Netherlands is embarking on an effort to define a next set of climate policy targets. This editorial in the Financieel Dagblad recommends considering including a ratcheting mechanism. Ratcheting was the major innovation of the COP21 Paris agreement. Faced with... Read Blogpost

July 6, 2017 12:21 pm

Resilience and systemic risk

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Standard risk management tools generally hold the implicit assumption that risks are normalized. Indeed the usual representation of risks on a matrix showing probability on one axis against impact on the other requires the risk to be quantified in the... Read Blogpost

October 16, 2016 12:28 pm

Connecting complexity and Trump

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The Economist has written: “Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed”. In other places I have written extensively about how the traditional left/right divide has ended up conflating means and ends. The great human... Read Blogpost