Archive for the ‘Markets’ Category


DC’s economic optimism

September 9, 2012

From the NY Times Economix blog, “Washington, D.C., Singular in Its Economic Optimism”


Housing Prices 2000 and 2010

September 1, 2011




Michiganders got jacked!


Transparency Talks – Today!

March 2, 2010

A discussion with Christina Schultz (Casals & Associates, Inc.) and Michael Geertson (Chemonics Intl.)  on transparency in international development.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

2nd Floor Common Area

Reception: 5:00-5:30

Moderated Discussion: 5:30-6:30

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November 16, 2009

A busy week at CPAP Alexandria:

Wednesday (11/18) – 6:45pm – Transparency Talks

Barend Jansen, Associate Legal Council, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Jansen will talk about financial institutions and the Fund’s policies on transparency in a context of crisis.

Location: 1021 Prince Street, Library Room (3rd Floor)

The Transparency Talks series is being coordinated by SPIA faculty members Matt Dull (CPAP) and Giselle Datz (GIA) to explore the dimensions of transparency as a reform imperative across a range of governmental and market settings. To learn more about the series – or to receive updates about future Transparency Talks, email:

Thursday (11/19) – Professor Charles Goodsell

CPAP Professor Emeritus Charles Goodsell discusses his book The Social Meaning of Civic Space: Studying Political Authority through Architecture (University Press of Kansas, 1988).

  • 2:00-4:00pm – Professor Goodsell available by appointment
  • 5:15-6:00pm – Tour of Alexandria City Council Chamber
  • 6:30-8:00pm – PAPA 6524: Discussion of Observation and Interpretation in The Social Meaning of Civic Space

A number of photos taken by Professor Goodsell during his research on city council chambers, statehouses, and parliamentary buildings are available through the Virginia Tech archives.

Thursday (11/19) – 4:00-5:00pm – CPAP DMP

Transparency as a Recurring Reform Imperative: Information, Innovation, and Institutional Change

Giselle Datz, Government and International Affairs

Matt Dull, Center for Public Administration and Policy


Financial crisis, political scandal, and declining trust in political and economic institutions have propelled transparency to the top of reform agendas worldwide. Transparency is among the central reform ideas in contemporary governance; yet, the concept’s broad appeal has prompted relatively little close scrutiny. In this essay, we aim to place the recent diffusion of transparency-based reforms in context. Reviewing the concept’s evolution in public administration and political economy, we observe that transparency builds on deeply rooted intellectual traditions and a richly turbulent history, a recurring pattern of reform that reveals an enduring logic of institutional change. Transparency is more than a bureaucratic standard, devoid of agency. Its parameters vary by context, and by the ideas that help shape and motivate how context is interpreted by actors. Drawing examples from a range of settings, we scrutinize the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “how” of transparency-based reform. In the contingent, unfinished realities of transparency we see both reform’s promise and its peril.


Reality check

April 24, 2009



Bankers and Fishermen

March 5, 2009

Rachel pointed me to Michael Lewis’ fascinating account of the great Icelandic meltdown in Vanity Fair. As always, Lewis draws an amusing and insightful picture. It’s a Fishermen’s Logic:

Fishermen, in other words, are a lot like American investment bankers. Their overconfidence leads them to impoverish not just themselves but also their fishing grounds. Simply limiting the number of fish caught won’t solve the problem; it will just heighten the competition for the fish and drive down profits. The goal isn’t to get fishermen to overspend on more nets or bigger boats. The goal is to catch the maximum number of fish with minimum effort. To attain it, you need government intervention.


Changing Home Prices

January 5, 2009

NY Times Economix Blog features this excellent graphic highlighting variations in changing home prices across several major American cities.

(via Visualizing Economics)