Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Big Data and Smart Urbanism

How smart are 'smart cities' ?
Unknown street artist, Poland


Big Data and Smart Cities are fairly recent buzzwords in the media and in the academic community. To be honest, these words are so commented that I cannot help rolling my eyes when I read researchers and journalists using them in a sloppy way, as they often do.

So I would like to share this presentation Rob Kitchin gave in Oxford Internet Institute (oii) on March 2014. Rob gives a broad picture of the cutting edge literature on smart urbanism. He also makes the concept of big data pretty clear by contrasting  it with more traditional types of data, like population census.  



In case you're interested, Rob's presentation is based in this paper recently published: The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Modeling Complex Systems for Public Policies

Some of my colleagues at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea - Brazil) are organizing a seminar on 'Modeling Complex Systems for Public Policies'. It is a great initiative to bring some of the cutting edge developments in academia to discuss critical challenges faced in the policy world.


The event will have the participation of some great researchers, including Luis Bettencourt and Michael Jacobson (full programme here). The seminar will be held in Brasilia in the beginning of September 2014.













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Sunday, August 10, 2014

What do we know about the Top Incomes?

Marcelo Medeiros and Pedro Souza (two excellent researches) give an answer to this question in a recent study:



Abstract:
We review the literature about the rich, the affluent and the top incomes focusing in two issues: identification and measurement, and the analysis of the determinants of richness. The review discusses data sources, indicators, populations and units of analysis used for the identification of the rich, approaches used to construct affluence lines and measures of richness. It also surveys empirical results about the composition of the incomes of the rich and the role of direct determinants of richness, such as individual characteristics, the State and the structure of production. We cover literature since the early twentieth century but give special attention to the research conducted after the 2000s.

Chart of the Day

A new report by the World Bank brings this interesting chart on the Real GDP Per Capita and share of Global Population (via Timothy Taylor).


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[image credit: World Bank via Timothy Taylor via Conrad Hackett]

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Urban Picture



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