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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Student SF appreciates that he's got a professor that likes Shameless as much as he does. Here's a list of other shows I like: The rotation of shows for us these days is Game of Thrones, Bates Motel, The Returned,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Walter Williams points out that residual profits are the incentive that makes everything good in our world show up where we need it. Technorati Tags: profit,walter,williams Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
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It’s a given that we worry about the wrong thing in contemporary society. My previous post highlighted the ultimate cause of death. This is the wrong thing to worry about: dying of cancer in 2014 is sad, but it also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
In Canada, healthcare is cheaper in dollar terms. But there are signs that those posted monetary prices are missing a bunch of the actual price. Specifically, wait times for non-emergency surgery have doubled over the last 20 years. Technorati Tags: canada,healthcare,prices,monetary,non-monetary,wait,time Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
This is pretty cool. It requires that pi exist — as half the ratio of circumference to radius of a circle — but not that we know its value, to compute the area of a circle. Via Kottke. Technorati Tags:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Some students are interested in becoming professors. Here’s a little video about what you should be thinking about while you’re still an undergraduate. BTW: I think this is especially useful for students thinking about going into fields other than economics or business. FWIW: This video really doesn’t apply to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
This is interesting, but don’t expect many belly laughs. A couple of radio guys who report on economics went to an actual comedy club and did stand up. But they told the jokes that economists tell about each other. Technorati Tags: economists,jokes Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
I was unable to find the review written by Tyler Cowen online, but here’s the money quote from his blog post: You can’t write a good book which attempts to repeal the laws of economics, especially when it focuses on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe is a British TV show, more or less like The Daily Show. Here they’ve put together a faux news report containing all the features that usually go into one of these things … with just about as much actual economic content as usually go into these... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe is a British TV show, more or less like The Daily Show. Here they’ve put together a faux news report containing all the features that usually go into one of these things … with just about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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Here’s the American Airlines route map from Life magazine in 1951: This when airlines routes were still regulated, so the hub and spoke system is still 30 years away. I know they had flown coast to coast with 1 stop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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 Mar 21, 2015 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