Ok, so besides being a celerity blogger, I too have to earn a living. I therefore have nothing but work-related goeters to offer you. Here are some I thought might be interesting to the general public:
- Two economists have studied traffic violations at the UN. This is very boring, until you realize that diplomats are not fined for their traffic violations, being, as such, above the law. While corruption is hard to define, it comes across as a clear indicator both of cultural difference and the corruption of government. Kuwait tops the list with 246(!) violations per diplomat. South Africa clocks in at 34, and nice developed countries such as Canada, Sweden, Isreal, Norway and Denmark all have none. See the full paper here
- In South Africa the debate regarding minimum wage as a tool to alleviate poverty is always a big one. David Neumark is a prominent critic of the minimum wage. Read his latest study here, and never be left in the dark when would-be intellectuals try to take you on at the dinner table.
Ok, that's all for now. Must go make millions. Sorry for being boring.
Posted by the yak on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 at 8:43 AM | Permalink | Comments