International Anti-Corruption Day 2016

International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) has been marked annually on December 9 since 2003, the year in which the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Having just returned from a short term contract with an anti-corruption effort in Mali, I thought it worth highlighting this issue on this day. … Continue reading International Anti-Corruption Day 2016

Economics of language and the “long tail” effect – part 2

On the Wikinomics blog, Dan Herman responded to my discussion of use of the long tail model for languages. He raised some interesting points that I'll come to in a moment. Part of the reason I posted on the long-tail concept is that I believe it will be useful in various ways to analyzing the … Continue reading Economics of language and the “long tail” effect – part 2

Economics of language and the “long tail” effect

"The economics of language has been neglected and deserves much greater attention," wrote economist Donald Lamberton in a book he edited in 2002. That may not have been too much of a revelation at the time - only a few years earlier (1994) another economist, François Grin, wrote that this field was tolerated "as an … Continue reading Economics of language and the “long tail” effect