Occasional musings about academia, research, travel, arts, and, most importantly, cycling.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
What I'm Reading
1. Lots of stuff on the social cost of carbon, in preparation for a conference presentation next month. Particularly useful are the articles collected in a special issue of Economics-EJournal here.
2. One of the great things about Kindle is the ability to almost costlessly download classic works of literature and philosophy. I'm currently reading Montaigne's Essays, which are immensely enjoyable. I've recently downloaded other "free" ebooks, including War and Peace, Holmes's The Path of the Law, a couple of volumes in P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster series, as well as works by Hume, Mill, and Boethius.
3. John G. Donahue and Richard J. Zeckhauser, Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times (Princeton 2011). An interesting and useful, if somewhat chatty and breezy, treatment of mechanisms for improved provision of public goods. My sense is that this book is written not so much for academics as for politicians and corporate types, who don't want to be bothered with too much depth or detail.