Monday, July 13, 2009

Growthology Posts and What I've Been Up To This Summer

If you're stalking me or interested in what I'm doing this summer, might I direct you to one of my assignments?

It's called Growthology and working on it has been my job since last summer. Here are two blog posts I wrote recently for it.

The first is a blog post about the failures of the state department and the military to adequately create economic growth. Essential graff as follows:
Despite the clearly better track record of U.S. occupations and economic growth, I'm hesistant about efforts such as the U.S.-development enterprise fund [a big government effort to try and stimulate the Iraqi economy]

It seems to be dead from its inception for much the same reason that much of the aid money is destined for waste. Bill Easterly is right to pan it for being a kind of social engineering. Put simply, how would the U.S. government (and the Congress which designs the program) know what's best for Iraqi market needs? (Heaven help the Iraqi industries that seek to compete with congressionally-connected U.S. firms!)
The second is a review of Tyler Cowen's new book, Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World. Weird ideas as follows:

If Baron-Cohen is right that there is the huge reserve of highly successful autistic achievers, I wonder why there hasn't been some kind of online, Craigslist-type sorting website that seeks to place autistic people with the things in which they specialize or some kind of wider texting that seeks to identify and help autistic people find their niches.

I came upon this idea when I was spending time with my next door neighbor, who has Asperger's. He has an obsession with clocks and with taking them apart and putting them back together. Imagine the societal benefit if he could be placed with a clock making company.

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