Can academics inform public policy?

I have recently been invited to present my ongoing work on measuring the impact of competition policy at a conference that was primarily aimed at and was run by public and private sector practitioners. The debate brought to surface the old question of what role academics can play in informing the public sector. Read more of this post

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Land hoarding – really?

Various news sources mentioned yesterday that one of Britains political parties believes that the way to boost the housing market is by more regulation. According to these sources building companies ‘sit on the land’ waiting for it to accumulate in value instead of building on these land and selling them on. And the proposed solution? Just allow local governments to penalise ‘land hoarders’ for not using the land they own.

Mere intuition would tell me that there is something fundamentally wrong with this argument. Read more of this post

Dangerous performance measures

A recent review of police performance in the UK found that Kent police has been chasing the cases that produced easy numbers which is by no means equal to cases that are actually high priority. The most surprising part of the story is the public disbelief that surrounds this announcement. Read more of this post