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Brexit –> Back to the drawing board!

This Brexit vote is really interesting. On the one side, you have generations of painstaking work by idealistic and well-educated Europeans, on the other side you have a bunch of xenophobic racists in the most backward corners of one region of a member state, led by opportunistic and irresponsible politicians. And yet, and yet, this… Continue reading Brexit –> Back to the drawing board!

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Leaving GSBC :-( Joining MPI :-)

This week is my last week working at the GSBC (University of Jena) and from next week onward I will be working at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, also in Jena. I am very happy of course to join Professor Werner Güth‘s Strategic Interaction research group, but I will really miss working at GSBC… Continue reading Leaving GSBC :-( Joining MPI :-)

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Why learning economics is of no use, or how Flexstrom managed to fleece me

I had a really interesting experience dealing with Flexstrom (http://www.flexstrom.de), a German electricity provider. Flexstrom attracts customers with low prices for electricity supply, combined with the promise of a bonus after one year. 1. The story I switched to Flexstrom from the city provider, Stadtwerke Jena (http://www.stadtwerke-jena.de) on the 1st of April 2010. Prices at… Continue reading Why learning economics is of no use, or how Flexstrom managed to fleece me

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The Role of Reciprocation in Social Network Formation, with an Application to Blogging

In a new working paper, Caterina Giannetti and I used data collected from LiveJournal to follow the activity of a panel of bloggers over more than a year. Our aim was to measure how much of the activity of bloggers was actually social networking, and how much really was journalism. We measured how many of a blogger’s… Continue reading The Role of Reciprocation in Social Network Formation, with an Application to Blogging

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Almost a good illustration

This is “almost” a good illustration of the paper Robert Sugden and I wrote (Spurious Complexity and Common Standards in Markets for Consumer Goods, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1489378, forthcoming Economica). We go a step further by arguing that if some consumers limit their choice to firms with tariffs that are “simpler” (in terms of how easy they are… Continue reading Almost a good illustration

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GSBC summer school

We (the whole of the GSBC) spent a fairy tale kind of week on our first annual summer school at the Oppurg Castle in Thuringia. Well, that is, if fairy tales involve group work, deadlines, frantic search for information on the Internet(s) and much fumbling about trying to connect and translate ideas from many disciplines.… Continue reading GSBC summer school

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FLOSS Workshop in Jena

The 4th FLOSS workshop took place in Jena on July 1 and 2, 2010. Those were two very busy (and hot!) days, with a tight schedule, but everything seems to have gone quite well: no missing or lost participants, no major computer problem and no disruption in the supply of coffee! While the time given… Continue reading FLOSS Workshop in Jena