Nikolay Frolov

Economist, Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation

About Nikolay

Languages

English, German, Russian

Areas of Expertise

Economics, Government

I'm passionate about

Promoting government efficiency
Improving statistical services
Overcoming supra-natural world-view

Comments & conversations

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Nikolay Frolov
Posted over 3 years ago
Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
Orly? Aha. So, that's what we should adopt from religion. We should adopt brainwashing, deceiving and appeals to emotions instead of rationality. I would also suggest very insightful pratice of the fascism to look into. Very efficient technologies indeed.
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Nikolay Frolov
Posted almost 4 years ago
Yasheng Huang: Does democracy stifle economic growth?
Not convincing at all. The case against infrastructure was poor. If infrastructure doesn't explain the difference entirely it doesn't follow that it plays no role. Maybe it becomes extraordinary effective exactly in non-democratic environment. And hey, you've just said that it's not correct to make your argument based on picking winners-only. How could you argue against infrastructure using the USSR case as an example? Picking losers-only looks more scientific? To sum up, there is a few (if any) logically correct economic arguments in this presentation. The only probable truth, as he said in the end, is that he BELIEVEs that democracy is better and India will overcome China in the distant future. Really, it's a pity watching such excruciating desire to present own wishful thinking against robust 30 years long statistical evidence.
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Nikolay Frolov
Posted over 4 years ago
Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution
I agree. Well, I'm not sure that situation in Egypt is so desperate but if this chaos happened it surely has its reasons. I just like to see more reasonable and constructive discussion, not just witness emotional uplift. I hope it sounds more like rational thought and voice of reason than insensibility or lack of compassion.
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Nikolay Frolov
Posted over 4 years ago
Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution
Well, I agree that it's all about winners and losers. And your point of view strongly depends on where you see yourself afterwards. I simply doubt that the speaker understands true cost of this event. Perhaphs I'm wrong but I did not hear any attempts to estimate these costs. Only emotions. By the way, "permanent oppression" also sounds too stagy. Do you think most of egyptians will answer "yes" on a question "do you feel oppressed"?
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Nikolay Frolov
Posted over 4 years ago
Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution
I agree that as an insider he can feel "the mood in the air" better. On the other hand, it's also very easy to be carried away by emotions. Who do you think will capture the power? Will the situation in Egypt really change dramatically? What are the reasons of this revolution? Do we believe that facebook and twitter really cause these events and not just rising food prices (as many western economist have been pointed out)? In no way am I against freedom or reforms. I just like to point at the gap between expectations and what's looks like more reasonable forecast of where the situation will evolve.
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Nikolay Frolov
Posted over 4 years ago
Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution
Wow. This is incredibly naïve presentation. Not just far from inspiring. Speaker really turn a blind eye on the unintended chaotic consequences of these events. There is so much ignorant euphoria in the air, you can actually smell it. Good intentions are always good. Just be ready to face results.