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Dave
Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Alex Tabarrok on building restrictions: … They can’t do that in many other places in the United States because of zoning and not-in-my-backyard rules, a kind of secession of the rich … I like that very metaphor very much: regulation... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Here’s one from MRUniversity about price ceilings. In 1971, President Nixon put price ceilings on most goods (to combat inflation)*, and instead got gas lines and drowned chicks. See how: FWIW: Price ceilings on gas were removed just before I learned to drive. But I can remember waiting in line... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
What’s wrong with the FCC’s move towards ‘net neutrality’ — the change in regulation of the internet from Title I to Title II? Try this on for size: For those with short memories, the video refers to the fact that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Mario Villarreal-Diaz explains how scarcity informs us about opportunity cost, and how that influences decisions. I particularly liked his discussion towards the end of how public officials have a responsibility to think in terms of opportunity costs. Technorati Tags: opportunity,cost Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
I am not sure which of Robert Heinlein’s works this came from, but it speaks to the improvement of well-being in human history: Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
As part of my continuing meme that people don’t get the importance of economic growth because we don’t tell people often enough how recently life was lousier, I bring you this chart from Mark Perry at Carpe Diem (he has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
The FCC passed the "Net Neutrality" policy change with a 3-2 vote that broke along party lines. Republican Commissioner Mike O’Rielly called it: Guilt by imagination, trying to guess what will go wrong in the future ... For those still... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
So, we're about 36 hours into the latest Clinton scandal: Hillary was conducting all her official business as Secretary of State through a personal email account. This is a problem because it's a lot harder to police and preserve her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
I had missed this product. As they say "Yes. It is a real product." There's more here at Poopourri.com. And there are more videos here on YouTube. Even better ... she's a college student from Utah. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
It’s March 2015, and its been about 10 days since Greece worked out this year’s deal to fend off its creditors. Here’s a podcast from NPR’s Morning Edition from 3 years ago, discussing how Greece will find a way to pay back the IMF first. Greece hinted this past week... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
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Reader JC wonders if this is the sort of thinking done by those who don’t vaccinate: Technorati Tags: vaccinate Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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One of the things that makes understanding government policy hard is that it is couched in terms where the alternatives are left unsaid. Case in point: Obama's opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. This week he blocked it once more.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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An op-ed from our local newspaper: Just to make sure the search engine bots catch that text, it's: "I vaccinate my kids because I'm not crazy". The majority of the arguments I've heard against vaccinations come from questionable sources and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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Greece was not able to complete a final version of its proposal for reforms today. Greece had promised, as part of Friday’s agreement, to have that proposal finalized by Monday. … Even the few extra hours sought by Greece’s new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
My advanced macroeconomics class has been covering this winter’s Greek crisis. We’ve talked a little bit in class about 1) how contemporary Greek society has been … hmmm … not so good for the 180 or so years that Greece... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
In a tube, no less. Via Kids Prefer Cheese. Technorati Tags: vegetarian,chicken,flavored,ham Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Science Fair was required in elementary school: Yep. There's nothing like encouraging kids in science like forcing them to do something, and getting their parents involved in something frustrating. Not to mention arbitrary. I think elementary schools keep a list... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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Lorde, of course I love this. Perhaps because I’m known for being able to fake a moo so well myself that I’ve “called” cows. It’s actually kind of frightening … much better when they don’t care you’re there. Via Kottke.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
John Michell, writing in Philosophical Transactions, in 1784 (!!!) hypothesized that if a star was big enough its gravity would preclude the escape of light: basically a black hole. His logic isn’t quite the same as we use today: he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
This is really cool: I like the end where he put it back together better than the beginning where it’s running. Technorati Tags: miniature,32,cylinder,engine Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
A map where each dot is a bridge: I find it weird to note the not-so-obvious places without bridges: much of Florida, southeastern Missouri, West Virginia. These aren’t dry places, but I guess that they’re drive around places. It’s also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Apparently there’s a furor over Joni Ernst’s response to the state of the union address. Some people find it amusing to make fun of Ernst for her recollection of putting bread bags over good shoes. Megan tears them a new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
NSFW. But I’ve had students insist that some of these views are correct. Technorati Tags: economics,always,sunny,philadelphia Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
This is actually a video, but since it’s just an interview without much action, I’ve posted it here for you to listen to. Here’s an interview with Daniel Klein. He’s an economics professor at George Mason University, who’s set as his task reclaiming the word “liberal” from progressives, since it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Here’s an interview with Daniel Klein. He’s an economics professor at George Mason University, who’s set as his task reclaiming the word “liberal” from progressives, since it was originally applied to a philosophy we now associate with libertarians. This issue should resonate with SUU students. Our school was designated as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos