Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ideas42 Harvard

While I have been active in trying to stamp down the growing and worrying use of phrases from Hitchhikers Guide emerging around here, the website below is well worth a look. The paper below on behaviourally informed financial regulation relates to some posts over the last few days

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behaviourally informed financial regulation

"ideas42 was established in June 2008 by Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University), Antoinette Schoar (MIT), Simeon Djankov (IFC), Eldar Shafir (Princeton), Jeffrey Kling (Brookings), and Michael Kremer (Harvard) as a Social Science Research and Development laboratory at Harvard University, with the goal of using scientific insights to design innovative policies and products, both domestically and internationally. The initial sponsors were Harvard University and IFC (World Bank Group).The origin of the name lies in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a novel by Douglas Adams. There, Deep Thought - the most brilliant computer - is tasked with finding the meaning of life. "Alright," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."

1 comment:

Kevin Denny said...

Douglas Adams seems to be occupying the same role for economists that Lewis Carroll has for maths & physics types for years.