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Friday, 21 June 2013

WEEKEND READING - 22-23 JUNE


I'm in Istanbul this weekend as two great friends (and onetime flatmates) of mine are getting married. Unless they get arrested first. In the meantime, enjoy my brief reading list. 
  1. The Antarctic economy could be booming 
  2. Hungary insists its 7% levy on domestic bank holdings of its bonds is not a default. 
  3. The IMF vows to make its research more open-minded (though IMHO the research output is more open-minded than the rest of the Fund?)
  4. When National Statistics and the Greek Civil Service collide: ELSTAT staff are asked to sign a confidentiality statement (page 2 here) to the effect that they will not reveal individual-level micro-data to third parties, including the government or the courts. Incredibly the staff see a conspiracy behind this and Greek MPs take the matter to Parliament. ELSTAT is forced to issue a statement of the self-evident. My only question is what the hell are these people doing working for a National Statistics Agency?
  5. The upcoming elections in Nepal caught my eye this week. And did you know they have a fiscal cliff too?

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