He began his career as a central banker, and in that role he was sponsored to complete a Masters at the Australian National University, where he won the Robert Jones Prize for the best student. He was a subsequently awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to study at Oxford, with one of his supervisors being Donald Hay. He has won a number of teaching and research prizes. He does not come from a Christian background and has a heart for evangelism as well as integrative scholarly work.
- I want to measure progress in the social sciences, so as to test Emil Brunner’s idea that modelling ‘the personal’ relies on a correct worldview/spiritual state of the researcher.
- I am working with Donald Hay, UK, exploring economic behaviour from the standpoint of Christian anthropology. The work is partly a critique of existing assumptions in neoclassical economics of ‘rational economic man’, and partly an attempt to model behaviour analytically with foundations drawn from Biblical anthropology.
- If reductionist social sciences like economics are necessarily partial, then correct modelling will over-rule economic modelling conventions. I am working on models of truth telling where agents have deontological ethics, over-ruling economic consequentialist ethics.
- Literature on money priming (the presence of money alters people’s behaviour even if it is not an incentive), if correct, casts the enterprise of experimental/behavioural economics into question, because journals insist on financial incentives.
- Critique of the World Values Survey and, separately, the scholarship of secular progress that draws on it (with Tom Simpson, Oxford).
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