Why the US and EU are failing to set information free

Susan Ariel Aaronson, 14 July 2014



Tim Berners-Lee, the architect of the World Wide Web, taught us that the internet we have is a function of the choices we (users, companies, policymakers, etc.) make about information flows. For example, in 1995, Berners-Lee chose not to patent his work on the World Wide Web because he feared patenting it could limit its universality and openness. He continues to advocate this.

Topics: EU policies, Global governance, International trade
Tags: data protection, EU, free trade agreements, Human rights, Information, information technology, internet, national security, privacy, technology, trade, US, WTO

Distilling the macroeconomic news flow

Alessandro Beber, Michael W Brandt, Maurizio Luisi, 19 April 2013



Timely measurement of the state of the economy relies traditionally on low-frequency observations of a few economic aggregates that refer to previous weeks, months, or even quarters. A prominent example is the advance estimate of GDP released quarterly about a month after the end of the quarter.

Topics: Macroeconomic policy
Tags: Information, news

To cut or not to cut, that is the (central banks') question: In search of neutral interest rates in Latin America

Nicolas Magud, Evridiki Tsounta, 16 January 2013



An increasing number of Latin American countries have been strengthening their monetary policy frameworks, using the monetary policy rate as their main instrument since the late 1990s.

Topics: Institutions and economics, Macroeconomic policy, Microeconomic regulation
Tags: Central Banks, Information, interest rates

Looking beyond the incumbent: The effects of exposing corruption on electoral outcomes

Ana De La O, Alberto Chong, Dean Karlan, Léonard Wantchékon, 23 January 2012

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Topics: Development, Politics and economics
Tags: accountability, Corruption, democracy, elections, Information, transparency

The Nobel Prize: What is mechanism design and why does it matter for policy-making?

Patrick Legros, Estelle Cantillon, 18 October 2007



On Monday, Leonid Hurwicz, Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson were awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics for their contributions to mechanism design theory. To the non-economist, mechanism design theory seems to be a highly abstract construct: technically impressive, perhaps, but with little relevance to policy and everyday life.

Topics: Competition policy
Tags: Contracts, incentives, incentives and contracts, Information, mechanism design, Nobel Prize

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