My Media Week 25/05/08


Laura María Agustín’s new book, Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry, is undobtedly provacative. It tries to explode several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims, and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest.’ (ARTICLE) 


Alan Meltzer of Carnegie Mellon University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about what the Fed really does and the political pressures facing the Chair of the Fed. He describes and analyzes some fascinating episodes in U.S. monetary history, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the gold standard and ends the conversation with some insights into recent Fed moves to intervene with investment banks. (PODCAST)


This week the BBC had a programme about how the financial crisis is affecting central bankers. It includes words of wisdom from Jean-Claude Trichet. (PODCAST)


Julian Baggini looks at free will and how it relates to the application of justice. (ARTICLE)


The polyglot linguist, Alexandra Aikhenvald, describes linguistic typology: classifying how languages are structured and comparing them to ascertain recurrent patterns and variations. (PODCAST)


Professor Niall Ferguson’s analyses the world finacial system drawing on the ideas of the French Naturalist Jean Bapiste de Lamarck, who argued that organisms alter and adapt in response to a changing environment. He applies this framework to our current, uneasy financial climate and asks: are we on the brink of a great dying? (PODCAST)


Donald Boudreaux critically analyses some green initiatives. (ARTICLE)


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