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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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NSFW. Click the link if you don’t know what that means. If you haven’t heard, there’s an undergraduate at Duke his is public about doing porn to pay her bills. What I have below is the fourth part of series... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
NSFW. Click the link if you don’t know what that means. If you haven’t heard, there’s an undergraduate at Duke his is public about doing porn to pay her bills. What I have below is the fourth part of series on The Source about her experience. My guess is that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
A good song I just came across with an interesting video: “The Ceiling” by The Wild Feathers: Via Newmark’s Door. Technorati Tags: ceiling,wild,feathers Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I like this video, although it could be done with lots of products other than wine. There’s actually some hugely complex microeconomics going on in the background, which you can peruse after you watch this video entitled “Expensive Wine Is for Suckers” from Vox. The way that we normally think... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
I like this video, although it could be done with lots of products other than wine. There’s actually some hugely complex microeconomics going on in the background, which you can peruse after you watch this video entitled “Expensive Wine Is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Charles Murray is a bete noir of progressives: he takes positions they don’t like. His current position is that the regulatory apparatus in the U.S. has gotten so bizarre and out-of-control that it is time for widespread civil disobedience: basically, to start treating most regulations like speed limits signs that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
One of the difficult things to get across to non-economists is that if you don’t let the price mechanism solve your economic problems, the (nameless, faceless, decentralized) ECONOMY will solve them for you in other ways. People not getting this point falls under the name unintended consequences. A generation ago,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Neel Kolhatkar’s reductio ad absurdum video: If you like words, Vonnegut did something like 50 years ago in Harrison Bergeron. Technorati Tags: #equality,kolhatkar,vonnegut,harrison,bergeron Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
This story is almost too much to fathom. Marine archaeologists and wine connoisseurs have known for a long time that wine brought up from shipwrecks is often quite good and even improved (as long as its seal isn’t broken underwater).... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Why are some regions richer and some poorer? My former colleague Robin Grier has a new book out (with her coauthor John Hough) about this entitled The Long Process of Development: Building Markets and States in Pre-industrial England, Spain and their Colonies. She was interviewed about the ideas in it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Seigneurage is the scary name macroeconomists give to the wealth that accures to you from being able to print money. That wealth has to come from somewhere right? When governments print and spend new cash, what they are doing is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I hope y’all are familiar with Frank Underwood: Here in rural Utah, I’m stuck in a hothouse of friends and neighbors who think all authority figures are out to get them. This includes pediatricians recommending vaccines. Technorati Tags: vaccine,frank,underwood,house,cards Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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Got a perfect score on the Pew Research Center’s current events quiz. Take the quiz here. It will take you less than 5 minutes. Here’s a breakdown of voting patterns. I gotta’ start giving this to my principles students on... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Human genome … yada yada yada Does it sometimes seem like research in genetics is a lot of talk without much action? Well, here’s something that bears paying much better attention to. Demonstrating what CRISPR does is only a few... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Have you noticed that economic development hasn’t gone well in most of the world? One reason for this may be that there really wasn’t very much scientific analysis of what worked and what didn’t. Governments, NGO’s, and charities more or less threw money at whatever organization they could find in... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Russ Roberts* interviews Scott Sumner about monetary policy over the last decade. Scott’s made quite a name for himself over that time, pushing the point that while policymakers have been telling the public that monetary policy has been expansionary for several years … the data say something different. This is... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Fossil fuels are like Walmart. You know Walmart … everyone complains about it, and then where do they go to shop? Fossil fuels are much the same. Everyone complains about them, and then we go drive off in our cars. Even worse, some of us drive Prius’s (even I like... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
The Fraser Institute in Vancouver puts together a measure of Economic Freedom of the World. (If you’ve been to my office, you’ve seen their map on my wall). In 2000, the U.S. was ranked # 2. Now we’re down to # 12. Technorati Tags: fraser,institute,economic,freedom,world Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Wyn Hopkins in Access Analytic's May newsletter:* The greatest trick that Microsoft ever pulled was convincing the world that Excel was just a spreadsheet. The thing is, most of the world doesn't even get that far ... they regard Excel... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
The other day I posted about how any blame for bad policies ruining Upstate New York needs to focus on the fact that 1) for a very long time the state has been run almost completely by the 3 people... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Once you get out of the New York City that most Americans are vaguely familiar with, say, north of 123rd St., “The City” starts to fade into “Upstate”. There’s not a sharp borderline, but even 50 years ago when That... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
As a middle-aged man, now enjoying the all too short lives of 9th and 10th dogs, I heartily recommend the latest from The Oatmeal. P.S. The pre-middle-aged vXboy and I are getting a lot of intellectual mileage out of the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Here’s some perspective on politics from Don Boudreaux (a libertarian economist from George Mason University, who coauthors the blog Café Hayek. This blog is for an economics class, and it’s a common question why economists tend to be more conservative... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Clifford Asness and Aaron Brown — non-experimental data guys (like me) — point out that the data on global warming doesn’t show what people say it does. Their position is much the same as mine. I’m not a climate scientist.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
“College Encourages Lively Exchange of One Idea”: Saying that such a dialogue was essential to the college’s academic mission, Trescott University president Kevin Abrams confirmed Monday that the school encourages a lively exchange of one idea. “As an institution of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at voluntaryXchange