Un plan de reactivación y reestructuración sencillo y sensible

Este post expone los puntos claves de un plan que busca tanto la reactivación post-COVID y una reforma estructural y es lo suficientemente sencillo para ser realizable en el corto y mejorable al largo plazo. Premisa El plan parte de una premisa clara e incontrovertible: Las reformas sociales que funcionan tienden a ser sencillas. Si…

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Análisis completo del plan FMI

Da igual si es feo ó guapo, el plan FMI no es un plan de reactivación. Lo que se puede negociar en base a ese plan tampoco lo va a ser. &&& Listo, eso es todo lo que se puede/debe decir de ese plan. Decir cualquier cosa más es legitimar una negociación en base a…

Bad versus worse

Due to the severe dissatisfaction with the Costa Rica government’s over-reliance on taxes, Costa Rican social media is full of personal recriminations against those who voted for the now-President, Carlos Alvarado. These exploded recently as a result of Alvarado’s intention to raise taxes beyond what the country considers reasonable (as a response to COVID-19, oddly).…

All extremes are extremes

The ‘stay at home’ idea is a general recommendation based on AVAILABLE scientific evidence. It has absolutely nothing to do with ideology, to the point that there are even liberal and libertarian thinkers who agree that, at this time, we must social distance responsibly. A different thing is how a government implements the idea. A…

El “lockdown” tico, la libertad, y el reto de reactivar el país

El gobierno tico empezó la lucha contra el COVID-19 con la ventaja de un sistema de salud relativamente bueno y una población inteligente. Y bueno, nos ganamos la lotería con esto de la tasa de mortalidad. ¡Que está bien bajita! El “lockdown” era necesario para comprar el par de meses que se necesitaban para levantar…

Where do I bet on the anti-COVID horses?

Teams in Argentina and Costa Rica are starting or about to start clinical trials for equine serum-based COVID-19 treatment. The treatment is similar to convalescent plasma serum: patients are injected with antibodies to stimulate their immune system. Except, in this case, the antibodies are generated by horses instead of humans (not to worry, the horses…

Emerging hopes in the fight against coronavirus

I recently posted a note about the benefit of being an optimist in times of uncertainty. Here’s the link to the original post. In a nutshell, it said that whenever solutions become reachable, optimists can find them faster than pessimists. I included links to a number of emerging solutions. To live to that spirit, this…

Favourite songs and their cultural ‘alter-egos’

Academic work can be a tad monotone, so, to stay sane, I consume enormous amounts of music. I am finding increasingly fascinating that songs in different languages can say very similar things in fantastically different ways. Below some of my favourite songs and their cultural ‘alter-egos’ (let’s see if you can figure out why the…

Social distancing, lockdowns, and the large costs of enforcing large policies (UK version)

I am social distancing at home and would like to invite anyone who’s not doing so to get a grip on reality! Right now, social distancing is primordial! I worry, though, that without the accompanying expertise in public policy, some friends of mine are using expert epidemiological advice to support extreme social distancing policies that…

A brief personal background

I promised myself I would never blog about my life, but coronavirus’ stay-at-home situation is somewhat boring. So, here we go. Maybe I’ll stop after coronavirus is over. Maybe I won’t. I figured why not start with a small insight into who I am. Tinder-style, i.e., only the good stuff. This is me drinking glühwein…