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April 29, 2015

 

Dans les années 1970, les Chicago Boys étaient un groupe d’économistes chiliens ultra-libéraux formés à la pensée de Milton Friedman de l’Université de Chicago est à l’origine de la politique économique chilienne sous la dictature du Général Pinochet.

 

Voici le texte de mon intervention récente sur France Info dans "Un jour, une question" d'Emmanuel Davidenkoff.

 

Quel était le lien entre le Chili et Chicago ?

 

Cela remonte aux années 50 et à l’instauration d’un système de bourses d’études pour les étudiants de l’Université Catholique Pontificale du Chili qui sont formés par des professeurs de l’université de Chicago et vont y suivre des cours.  Certains d’entre eux vont être formés à la pensée économique de Milton Friedman et d’Arnold Haberger.

 

Milton Friedman étan...

April 17, 2015

New Economic Thinking at OECD

Last week OECD welcomed the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) for their annual conference on "Liberté, Egalité, Fragilité". INET is an institute that works and funds economists who aim to challenge established conventional theories. The idea is to think about what is wrong on contemporary economic thinking. Luckily not everything, but as Nicolas Boileau wrote in L'Art Poetique (1674):

 

Hâtez-vous lentement, et sans perdre courage,

Vingt fois sur le métier remettez votre ouvrage,

Polissez-le sans cesse, et le repolissez,

Ajoutez quelquefois, et souvent effacez

 

As part of the types of reflexions that INET is conducting, one direction is about how to model the way agents form their expectations. One of the sessions in parti...

 

My opinion is not yet fully set on the so-called "ethnic" or, as they say in the US, "racial" statistics. 

 

From an empiricist' perspective, the more data you have the better, whatever its quality. Indeed there are ways to "clean" data from mis-categorizing. 

 

Hence in order to understand how discriminated against some groups are, it is important to record as much information as possible. 

 

Yet, I fully understand the impact that having to categorize oneself can have. One of the big suprises, as a French person, I had in the US was how stereotyped people were. I heard continuously expressions like "this is so white", "this is so black" and so on. I think that having to define oneself as belonging to a given ethnic group may force people to identify with a group the...

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