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Reuben Finighan

Reuben Finighan

Reuben Finighan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Fellow. He is an award-winning writer and has a cross-disciplinary background spanning neuroscience, climate change, innovation and inequality. He is currently a Senior Research Officer at the University of Melbourne.

Reuben Finighan reviews 'A Banquet of Consequences: Have we consumed our own future?' by Satyajit Das

May 2016, no. 381 26 April 2016
Visions of the future are always forged within a present. The Great Depression led sober economists to wonder whether capitalism and economic growth had come to an end. Golden Era economists of the 1950s and 1960s, confident they knew better, promised that the formula for permanent growth had been discovered. In the 1970s a combination of high inflation and unemployment – known as 'stagflation' ... (read more)

Reuben Finighan reviews 'Climate Shock' by Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman

June-July 2015, no. 372 28 May 2015
Writing an effective book on climate change is a challenge as diabolicalas it is important. The complexity of the science, economics, and politics is daunting. How to extract the diamonds lurking in the rough of the International Panel on Climate Change reports? How to balance the good cop, dishing out hope, with the bad, lashing the reader with honest accounts of potential catastrophe? If the boo ... (read more)