Economics and The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games – book and movie

I have no excuse – no teenage daughter or son around the house to lure me into Suzanne Collins’ trilogy that starts with The Hunger Games. I read all three just for the fun of it. And now there is an interesting tie-in between the book/movie and . . . → Read More: Economics and The Hunger Games

The first PISA results for India: The end of the beginning

The PISA 2009+ results are the end of the beginning. For the last decade there has been a debate. Some argued the levels of learning inside Indian elementary schools (primary and upper primary) are a national scandal and a threat to the future of India’s society, polity, and economy. Others appeared to believe that . . . → Read More: The first PISA results for India: The end of the beginning

Should We Welcome Globalization or Fear It?

Having just finished reading Gregg Easterbrook’s new book, ‘Sonic Boom’, I think he would say that we should welcome globalization. He sees fantastic potential for social progress, but improved living standards are likely to be ‘wrapped with ribbons of stress, anxiety and dissatisfaction (p.34). His bottom line seems to be that globalization is inevitable . . . → Read More: Should We Welcome Globalization or Fear It?

What Does the Legatum Prosperity Index Measure?

Prosperity. However, my initial reaction when I first looked at the index was that it was more like an index of the quality of life or well-being than of prosperity. My perception of prosperity was too narrow. One of the purposes of the index is apparently to encourage people ‘to take a holistic view . . . → Read More: What Does the Legatum Prosperity Index Measure?