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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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I get the idea of food deserts – places where people live where it’s tough to get food. But I also wonder how overblown the idea may be. So consider this map: What I see when I look at this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
“Trade and Prosperity” is a 7 part series, which in turn is part of the ongoing Everyday Economics series hosted by MRUniversity. In the sixth video, “Are We Better Off If We Buy Local?", the series goes in a slightly different direction. As these videos were created and went viral,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
“Trade and Prosperity” is a 7 part series, which in turn is part of the ongoing Everyday Economics series hosted by MRUniversity. In the fifth video, “An Orgy of Innovation” the host, Don Boudreaux, discusses how the scale of innovation over the last few hundred years is unprecedented in human... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Remember when they found part of a wing on Reunion last month? And the government of Malaysia quickly declared it to be a part of their plane that’s been missing for 18 months? Not so fast! Do you also remember... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
“Trade and Prosperity” is a 7 part series, which in turn is part of the ongoing Everyday Economics series hosted by MRUniversity. The third video, “Comparative Advantage and the Tragedy of Tasmania” discusses how a collapse of openness to the surrounding world can lead to a decline in prosperity. There’s... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
“Trade and Prosperity” is a 7 part series, which in turn is part of the ongoing Everyday Economics series hosted by MRUniversity. In the third video, “How the Division of Knowledge Saved My Son’s Life” the host, Don Boudreaux, discusses how his son developed a rare pediatric intestinal disease at... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
“Trade and Prosperity” is a 7 part series, which in turn is part of the ongoing Everyday Economics series hosted by MRUniversity. The second video, “Burgers and Ships” discusses how specialization has increased productivity, and trade has allowed us to convert that improvement into prosperity. Those container ships in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
“Trade and Prosperity” is a 7 part series, which in turn is part of the ongoing Everyday Economics series hosted by MRUniversity. The first video, “The Hockey Stick of Human Prosperity” discusses how well-being of the typical human did not improve for almost all of human history, and yet has... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
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I’m glad to say that this did not come from my university. Although it certainly could have. After all, Utah is the state that decided they didn’t need to teach commutativity of multiplication back in the 90’s. Technorati Tags: innumeracy,pie,chart,financial,aid Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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Some people think I’m interested in records. I’m not. I always move on to new technology when I have the free cash. Truth be told, the only reason I still have records at all … is that some of them... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Gizmodo is reporting the results of some low level big data analysis of the recently released ashleymadison.com database. And it appears that while many men signed up for the site (about 20 million), and about half of those tried to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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Check it out. It only took about 95 years for Google to make this a reality. Via JF Ptak Science Books. Technorati Tags: google,street,view,car,photo,1916,popular,mechanics Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
To scholars, “revisit” is a loaded word. It means, we got it all wrong last time, and we need to look at it again. The interpretation of the Great Depression that we learn through school and the media is simplistic: the stock market crash (driven by greedy people) made everything... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Wisconsin is a big dairy state. Margarine is a corn rather than a dairy product. So what did the dimbulbs in Madison do? Banned margarine. Cold Spring Shops pointed me to this bit of trivia: until 1967 margarine was illegal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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I never knew my maternal grandfather. As the youngest child of a youngest child, he would’ve been 82 if he’d lived until my birth. Back between the wars he was a successful factory owner in Buffalo (they made steel drums).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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Why is macroeconomics so hard to understand? One more reason is that “the public” spends a lot of energy rationalizing poor choices. Consider this comic: Note that it’s motivated by Obamacare, and Obama … but the idea that we’re engaged... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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Here’s a couple from Zits: I have a desk with a piece of tempered glass on the top. I cut these two out 9 years ago, and slid them under the glass. Cleaning up yesterday, I fished them out, threw... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
I’ve always wondered how Grand Central Station was put together: you cruise out through those dark train tunnels, but … where are you actually? It makes sense to me now, but I had no idea there were about 14 city... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
I’m off to my first big meeting of the new academic year today. This is a huge one – all professors who teach general education classes – so I’m sure there will be plenty of cheerleading, but little actual work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Stephen Karlson at Cold Spring Shops dropped this idea on me today: Berkeley, California's new soda tax can't both curb obesity and raise significant tax revenue. No. Curbing obesity suggests a relatively elastic demand. Raising significant tax revenue suggests a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
I wrote this post almost over 5 years ago. Sometimes I like to sit on them for a while, and sometimes they get lost in the mix. I’ve thought about these ideas quite a bit over the last 5 years,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
How is it possible to see 3 references to an area in the Negev desert in Israel … in less than 36 hours? I’ve been watching Srugim. Yesterday morning I watched the episode where Amir went to live on a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Reason reports that roads are in the best shape they’ve been in since they started producing an annual report on their condition. In part, this is due to the recession putting less wear and tear on them. But, what is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Ezra Klein: Campaigns are built to fool us into thinking that we're voting for individuals. We learn about the candidate's family, her job, her background -- even her dog. But we're primarily voting for parties. The parties have just learned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Alex Tabarrok points out that the there are far more unemployed houses than people, and that prices – while sticky for both – are less sticky for houses. That’s an interesting idea to carry around for the next time sticky... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at voluntaryXchange