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.
- The Antarctic economy could be booming
- Hungary insists its 7% levy on domestic bank holdings of its bonds is not a default.
- 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?)
- 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?
- The upcoming elections in Nepal caught my eye this week. And did you know they have a fiscal cliff too?