The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bookending Steve Keen

I never heard whether Steve Keen made it to the top of of Mt K...But an economist mate of mine pointed me to this very brief bookend from experienced Fairfax journalist, Peter Martin:

Economic doomsayer reaches physical peak April 24, 2010

''CRIKEY it's cold at the top, '' exclaimed the exhausted economics professor. Steve Keen had just touched the monument marking the peak of Australia's tallest mountain. After nine days and 225 kilometres of running, then walking, wearing a T-shirt saying, ''I was hopelessly wrong on house prices'', the economic doomsayer yesterday fulfilled the terms of the bet struck with the Macquarie Bank economist, Rory Robertson, who early in the financial crisis challenged him to march from Canberra to Kosciuszko if house prices fell by less than half of the 40 per cent he had predicted. They fell 5.5 per cent, something Mr Keen blames on the ''first home vendors' boost''. Along the way, Mr Keen made real-life friends with a group of about 30 members of the virtual community reading his blog. The bunch raised money for Swags for the Homeless. ''This was meant to shut me up,'' Mr Keen said. ''Instead, it turned into a promotional opportunity.''