Some links and reading for today, mostly people being impressed (or not) with other people’s work!
- Over on his blog, Donald Marron discusses Jim Kahn’s contention that house price bubbles depend on productivity growth spurts, rather than loose lending. A similar piece of work has been done by the OECD – arguing that the productivity slowdown contributed to the financial crisis, is over on vox.eu, fast becoming one of my favourite economics resources (not least because every article has a summary!).
- Brad de Long reviews Bob Allen’s conclusion in his ‘British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective’, describing it as the smartest thing he has read all year.
- Liam on the Geary Institute blog discusses the happy planet index, a measure which seems to turn on their head some of the starting points about economic development.
- Karl Whelan, and a host of commenters (commentators?), discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Ireland’s Smart Economy/innovation strategy.