Speaking and Writing

SPEAKING:

  • Fungibility and Cryptocurrencies
    In June 2020, I gave a webinar presentation for Blockchain New Zealand on fungibility as a property of money and a comparative analysis of various types of money historically: from seashells, to fiat, to gold, to cigarettes, to fiat, and of course, cryptocurrencies.

WRITING:

Here are a few articles I have written, some with abstracts and some without:

  • Economic Lockdowns Kill People–Yes Literally
    May 23, 2020 – «Foundation for Economic Education»
    As the title suggests, I explain how shutting down the planet as a reaction to COVID literally kills people – something political leaders around the world seem to be all too happy to ignore. Making a decision to not shut down an economy isn’t merely trading lives in favor of economy. In fact, in both cases (both without lockdowns and with lockdowns), the trade-offs involve the loss of human life.

    • The above article was also published in Spanish by FEE en Español here then in Italian by Mises Italia here.
  • Politicians, immigration and the God complex
    October 19, 2018 – «National Business Review»
    Here I provide an analysis of Australia and NZ’s immigration laws through the lens of Hayek’s knowledge problem. (Content behind paywall but can be accessed for free by creating free account).
  • A few of my articles are published on The New Zealand Initiative’s blog. For example, here, here and here.
  • International Relations Glossary in Portuguese and Spanish
    July 2, 2013 – Formerly published on «MyPoliSciLab.com» and «InternationalRelations.com». Content now published here on my own website.
    For IR scholars and students who also happen to be “latinoamericanistas,” this list of translations of IR terms in all three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish) serves as a great resource.
  • Sowell’s Visions
    December 5, 2013 – «Foundation for Economic Education»
    In this article I summarize Thomas Sowell’s book A Conflict of Visions and Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate and explain the importance of understanding the concepts of opposing world visions when discussing often controversial topics such as economics and politics.
  • Developments in Brazil Energy Sector
    January 25, 2011 – «The Rio Times»
    This article discusses new developments in the Brazilian energy sector, including the buying of Brazilian utility company (Elektro) by Iberdrola – Spain’s largest electric company – and plans to revive construction of Angra 3, the country’s third nuclear power reactor.
  • Slow Start to PAC Development
    January 18, 2011 – «The Rio Times»
    Brazil’s Growth Acceleration Program (“the PAC”) began in 2007 with a budget of roughly US$300 billion with plans for public housing provisions, improvements in sanitation, transportation, infrastructure and more. But four years later, only about five percent of the projects have been completed, and the second PAC (PAC2) is already underway with even more ambitious goals than the first.
  • Rio Real Estate Shielded from Burst
    January 4, 2011 – «The Rio Times»
    Real estate prices have risen significantly in Rio de Janeiro since it was announced that Brazil would host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Prices are also driven by an emerging middle class in Brazil with access to credit for the very first time. Some spectators have rumored that a real estate boom and bust cycle is near. In this article, I explain why the boom and bust is unlikely.