Monthly Archives: April 2012

“half a century of stagnation”

In an interview found here, economist Joseph Stiglitz makes an amazing claim: “When you look at America, you have to concede that we have failed. Most Americans today are worse off than they were fifteen years ago. A full-time worker … Continue reading

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is Big Data a bubble?

The Case for Little Data Data-based business models are here to stay, I really believe that, so please do not take what I am about to say as something other than constructive criticism: Big Data is at risk of suffering … Continue reading

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Researching social minds and motives

“The researcher is a variable in the research design. The social and cultural setting of the researcher affects not only the choice of problem but also the use of particular methods and modes of collecting and analyzing data.” (Sjoberg 1997: … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve as “liquidity provider of last resort”

Bernanke’s recent comments on “the financial crisis and the Federal Reserve’s response in its capacity as liquidity provider of last resort” can be found here. It is an interesting term: “liquidity provider of last resort.” It is the same thing in … Continue reading

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Data analysis as a reflexive practice

Lately I’ve engaged two sides of a data/price question — what is it that makes qualitative data valuable? And, on the other side, what are the limitations to this value? Here and here. So, the background is that the past … Continue reading

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Greta Krippner’s ‘Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance’

Greta Krippner’s recent book Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance operates within a question as old as sociology itself: what is modern about modernization? The advent of capitalism and the industrial revolution were the backdrop for … Continue reading

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Why NOT qualitative data

In a previous post I expressed why companies might want to invest in qualitative data: intangible assets are often under-valued, and qualitative data can help uncover the hidden value sitting around in your company. There’s also good reason why a company … Continue reading

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