Mesoeconomics studies the bridge between the individual and the collective. 

The meso consists of the coordinating institutions organising our everyday lives — from the way we exchange goods, our deep cultural decisions and practices, to how interact with the boundaries of the state.

All informed public policy understands individuals, their interactions, and their institutions.

But understanding this meso soup of individuals and groups forming and devolving through spontaneous order is a complex task.

Our contributors are a broad church. But we fundamentally believe in classical liberal ideas — free markets, individual liberty, freedom of speech.

Meso Soup provides content on the latest academic thinking on contemporary issues.

Darcy Allen (founder and contributor) is writing a PhD in economics at RMIT University, Melbourne, and writes as a research fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. His dissertation focuses on the institutions and governance of innovation activities (especially 3D printing, bitcoin, and drones). His writings and research have appeared across national and state newspapers, as well as radio. His personal website is here, he regularly blogs on FreedomWatch, and can be found on Twitter @darcyweallen.

Trent MacDonald (founder and contributor) is a political economist with a PhD in economics from RMIT University, Melbourne. His research interests range from evolutionary and complexity economics, to Austrian economics and libertarianism, to the economics of sport and culture. He likes cryptoanarchist theories of secession and stretching spontaneous order and radical subjectivism way too far. His personal website is here, and he can be found on Twitter @trentjmacdonald.

Jason Potts (contributor) is a Professor of Economics at RMIT University, Melbourne, and writes as an adjunct fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He has written three books and over 70 articles on evolutionary economics, innovation economics (and policy), institutional economics and cultural economics. His work focuses on how entrepreneurship and innovation drive economic growth and development. Jason has a column The Price of Everything at The Conversation.

Aaron Lane (contributor) is writing a PhD in economics at RMIT University, Melbourne. His research interests centre on public choice economics, the economics of regulation, and innovation economics. Aaron is a regular media contributor, having been published in national and state newspapers and appearing on radio and television. He is a qualified lawyer, and has lectured and tutored in a range of economics courses, and has also lectured in business law, company law and tax law. He also works as a freelance writer. Aaron can be found on Twitter @AMLane_au.

To contribute, please contact Darcy Allen at mesosoupblog @ gmail dot com


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  1. I think there’s a secret ingredient in your exciting new meso soup. Here is former IPA head John Hyde:

    “Like the Mesozoic dinosaurs, protected companies, protected unions and protected professions will either adapt so radically that they become new species, or make room for institutions that do. …

    “The world that Tyrannosaurus-K is trying to preserve is impersonal, undignified and inefficient, but it gives special places in the sun to the biggest dinosaurs. Other meso-industrial species are easily frightened because, while they have learned to live with dinosaurs, they have no conception of an age of small, warm-blooded, flexible institutions — of workplace teams and informal and changing networks.”

    Source: http://economics.org.au/2011/12/meso-industrial-australia/ .


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