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Econometrics helps to understand climate change

Here is a post that I wrote for ESSEC Knowledge in October 2014. It is still up to date! When Claude Allegre published his book L’imposture climatique (The Climatic Fraud) in 2010, he questioned mankind’s role in global warming. Today, few scientists would doubt that man has played a major role in climate change. It might seam obvious: since the industrial revolution, we have produced huge amounts of gases. Meanwhile, global temperatures have risen. That said, over the last fifteen years, the rise in temperatures appears to have slowed or paused. This is little known to the general public – we sometimes call it a global warming hiatus. Several explanations have been proposed for this slowdow

Current research in economics

The NBER Summer Institute has started again and economists from around the world are now congregating in Boston to discuss their recent work. I wrote last year on the topics that people were interested in. Greece is clearly at the center of discussions and we had today a very intesting interaction with the Governor of the Bank of Japan. There will be a special session on the Greek crisis on Thursday and I'm looking forward to it. I mostly go to the Econometrics and Forecasting group whose presentations started this morning with in particular Marcelo Medeiros from PUC-Rio on Adaptive Lasso, an interesting method for big data applications. Giorgio Primiceri from Northwestern also presented an

Public debt in 3min

ESSEC TV asked me to do a 3min topical video on public debt and the case of Greece. Here it is. The full text can be found on ESSEC Knowledge's website.

MoMA R&D The Way of the Algorithm

Thanks to the visual artist Karine Baptiste, I recently came across MoMA R&D which is a fantastic resource at the interaction of Arts, Science & Society. This video by Adam Bly, founder & CEO of Seed Scientific (now bought by Spotify where he is Head of Advanced Analytics), provides a 17min prespective on predictive analytics, and the interaction between humans and algorithms.