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Owen Barder @owenbarder Somewhere in Europe, mostly

Vice President & Europe Director @CGDev. Visiting Prof at LSE. Ex No.10, Treasury & DFID. Likes economics, evidence, ending poverty. Dislikes sexism, religion.

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The welfare cost of having to fly on a Saturday to prove to @VirginAtlantic that I don't work for a business willing to pay £1,100 more.So much for universal sustainable development goals: don't bring your pesky sustainability into nutrition. UNFCCC drafted a plan to help people who lose their islands to climate change migrate. Australia just nixed it.
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Retweeted by Owen BarderSo is this the first time that one Nobel Peace Prize winner (Obama) has bombed another (MSF)? did we first say we were the generation that could eliminate global poverty? The answer might surprise you.
It's possible - and cheaper than you think - to stay within 2° @owenbarder & @alexevansuk show how:
Retweeted by Owen BarderUsing the 'free' virus scanner from AVG? If so, it is one week until AVG sells your web browsing and search history. Following your pledge for more diverse panels, here's a cool new app that may be of interest:
Retweeted by Owen BarderSmart and concise videosummary of #WormWars, the science debate of this summer, by @HCTriage |
Retweeted by Owen Barder@ohhhhkirsten Hi Kirsten - my thoughts about the monarchy are here: to see Prime Minister highlight this DWP research:
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis is how to write a blog post. Short, simple, clear, and smart. we the first generation that can end poverty? We aren't the first to think we are. Prof shld know better. 1 tn= estimate of mainly domestic cash-in-hand evasion, not fancy tax haven stuff
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@njwMason @karlwilding @cabinetofficeuk open data for charityland...who you gonna call?: @carolinefiennes & @owenbarder, that's who.
Retweeted by Owen Barder"Theresa May is wrong to say mass migration brings almost no economic or fiscal benefit." - @martaforesti of @ODIdev UK mission in New York on the High Level Panel on Cash Transfers #cashpanel @Telegraph But how did they like the speech otherwise?
Retweeted by Owen Barder"Theresa May's awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible speech" says ... The @Telegraph (!) Oops. Very Freudian. Fixed. Ta.We are the first generation in human history that can end poverty ... again refugee crisis is here to stay, says @DMiliband 16 All-Male Panels At The Tory Party Conference Talking About Serious Stuff via @JamieRoss7 @BuzzFeedUK
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We were ahead of our time. Sigh. Brilliant piece, Dave. Some of us were posing same Qs back at the 'e-Gov' phase circa 2000. @owenbarder
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@JustinSandefur the DAC could say the same about ODA.Proposal: UN, WB, & IMF should simply stipulate they won't recognize any official country statistics unless microdata is 100% open.
Retweeted by Owen BarderI should note: We're also hiring post-doc(s) at @CGDev. Please share.
Retweeted by Owen BarderHow economics should be done My review of ace new @rodrikdani book - London folks, hear him at LSE on 7/10
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe VW scandal couldn't have happened if the software had been required to be open source
@AHAkramLodhi do you know how much is paid each year for journal access?@Some0172 It sometimes is interpreted that way. But we can and should reject that too.@AHAkramLodhi does that mean that you can't subscribe to academic journals?"There may have been collateral damage" - that is one way of putting it, I suppose. politician of intellectual breadth and depth unlike any politician I can think of today. RIP Denis Healey. I still don't understand. Open access does not mean pay-to-publish. I'm against having to pay to get your article published.@Some0172 that cost could be borne as an overhead for university academic departments - paid for from big savings on library budgets?Just announced: @HansRosling to speak next month at ODI #DataDay. Sign up: #datarevolution
Retweeted by Owen Barder@Some0172 but most of it is done for free alreadyThese graves in the #BritishEmbassyAddis Cemetery tell the sad story of two little boys who died far from home.
Retweeted by Owen Barder@ejhp the same issue increasingly applies to DFID, who are civil servants@Some0172 that is only model of open access, and I don't agree with that either.
@ejhp fair point. I was using the term loosely.Making decisions in complex adaptive systems why does open access make it harder for outsiders to publish?@johnaosterman One for you. see the fourth paragraph of the article.@DFID_Jen excellent! Kudos to you and @DFID_UK@owenbarder @DFID_UK Now in fact! See my latest tweet, Owen.
Retweeted by Owen BarderWhen foreign civil servants disagree with banks about risks of doing business, who should we believe? could go wrong? do better: humanity gets a C-
Retweeted by Owen BarderAnd another example where @DFID_UK should answer the question: why not cash, and if not now, when? is a lucky boy. Worth reading from @ryanbriggs don’t know who said it first, but this remains the best description of Trump: It’s like the comments section are running for president.
Retweeted by Owen BarderHey, @DFID_UK - why not cash? and if not now, when? @aidthoughts says the study doesn't control for lots of other things ...@rajeshmirchand very bad news for you and me@HeadUKCivServ Any student or academic wanting to understand the centre of government should read
Retweeted by Owen Barder@carolinefiennes small price to pay for some peace in WhitehallThis is why they mainly hate @DFID_UK. @UN Who is advocating +against+ mines and explosive hazards? Moneypenny?@aidthoughts #YESALLDATA@carolinefiennes I liked the bit where we all got MAs as a reward for managing to stay alive for 2 years after our BA.@Sarahlasuisse I guess I think the abstract can play the role of accessible version, with the longer journal article for the long tail.Evidently hasn't happened, given the number of times we are all having to scrounge ersatz copies of papers. Right. Or at least increase perceived quality of UK academics known to be operating under that constraint.@Sarahlasuisse No doubt this is terribly elitist, but I think there is a place for concise, precise, technical language.@aidthoughts Also, won't US academic institutions respond by adjusting their interpretation of the publication record of UK academics?@aidthoughts do you think the UK is large enough to be a tipping point? (I guess the answer is probably: 'no')@Sarahlasuisse Right. Maybe there could be a requirement for a plain English abstract?@Sarahlasuisse @JudithFreedman Right. It is a complete scam.@Sarahlasuisse What's your problem with zero REF scores for paywalled journals?This seems like an obvious thing to fix. I'm worried I won't be allowed to use the words "disintermediated" or "syntactic" :-(So, again, I say the publishers should be disintermediated. Perhaps REF scores should also be penalised in direct proportion to syntactic complexity? @Sarahlasuisse But the publishers don't do the peer review. They get it done for free by academics.@JudithFreedman @Sarahlasuisse Judging by my inbox, peer review is done as free labour by academics and think tankers in their spare time.@carolinefiennes But "organising" peer review is basically done by a python script for most well-run journals.Paywall isn't the sole barrier to uptake. Loads of ac articles are (deliberately?) impenetrable to non-specialists…
Retweeted by Owen BarderThe publishers can be disintermediated. They don't add value. the Research Excellence Framework (REF) give zero scores to paywalled journals? That would change things fast I don't see what right the public sphere has to appropriate privately produced content.@JieShengLi are they publicly funded? The longer Rupert Murdoch's content stays behind an impregnable paywall, the better, IMHO.@niawag2011 that isn't quite true. But with some policy intervention to make prices tell the truth about costs they could solve this problem@onedarwinian what do you think is the optimal price for a non-rival product for which marginal cost of consumption is zero?It really is scandalous that so much publicly funded academic research is locked up behind publisher paywalls.Putting the right price on carbon is a necessary and sufficient condition for tackling climate change. (Discuss.) first "People's Report Card" on how the world is doing on the 17 SDG goals. @mattbish & @shepleygreen says he is late to realise that it is the private sector that will lift most people out of poverty.
7pm UK time:@Morris_ScottA in conversation with Sri Mulyani Indrawati, live streamed. fellowship at @CGDev: Alumni: @cblatts @h_schof @willafriedman @AndrewZeitlin et al.!
Retweeted by Owen BarderChoices about who can emit carbon are the biggest redistribution of wealth since the enclosure of the commons writing a lot of funding proposals, & I keep getting the hint that key to $ is studies to keep brown people out of Europe #sadbuttrue
Retweeted by Owen BarderEleven years ago @charlesjkenny, @toddjmoss and @m_clem made disobliging predictions about the MDGs. Were they right?
Cash assistance implies greater role for new actors + different role for traditional humanitarian actors. #CashPanel
Retweeted by Owen BarderThis is very interesting - puts numbers on the idea floated in today's Free Lunch ( Thanks.
Retweeted by Owen BarderVery glad to make it on to this list with giants of economics podcasting
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