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Paul Summerville • September 19, 2014

What next UK? Get out the cheque book. Thanks to David of London in London. 

Spectator – The Union is Saved But At What Cost

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Paul Summerville • September 14, 2014

When I was quoted in Barron’s in early 2000 as saying that my job as a Chief Economist was to be ‘100% memorable and 51% right’ my employer at the time was, shall we say, really cross.

Paul Summerville • May 30, 2014

"Depending on who you talk to, economist Thomas Piketty's new book is either a groundbreaking work of genius or a Marxist tome. Economist Paul Summerville has read the book so you don't have to. He sits down with Steve Paikin."

A Review of Capital

Paul Summerville • November 9, 2013

First of all I must apologize for breaking one of my own rules, never, over promise and under deliver.

 

The title of today’s talk, “How the study of history can be central to an awesome career in almost everything” is a little over the top.

 

Paul Summerville • May 22, 2013

The insight that the virtual world can be like our world is behind the way the internet is being used to create smarter cities. 

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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity┬ę

LimeSpot: Own Your Experience.

Leveraging Social Networks for Profit.
 
Marrying the product portfolio of brand name firms with the personal profile information on Facebook.
 
The LimeSpot enabled revolutionary new sales channel.
 
Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.
 
The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.
 
When too few get too much everybody ends up with less.
 
Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society as a whole that are unintended but wonderful?
 
Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways.
 
My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.
 
Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.
 
Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.
 
Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.
 
Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.
 
Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).
 
Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up not as a hand out.
 
Political debate should not be fact free fighting.
 
Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.
 
Always favour empowerment over dependency.
 
The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.
 
Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else
 
Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.