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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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This is part of the issue of Relatively Prime called The Toolbox. This one runs about 13 minutes and features Steven Brams, an NYU professor who’s been applying game theory to non-economic settings since before I was a sophomore (!!!). Here, he’s talking about game theory in the humanities, with... Continue reading
LIX is on Kickstarter. Basically, it’s kind of fine point, hot glue gun, that spits out plastic that hardens immediately. So you can draw in 3 dimensions.* It’s cool because it can create this: Note that this is not done... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Here are 3 reasons to worry less about “sweatshops”.* * Note that the mere use of the word “sweatshop” is biased. Have you ever heard of a good sweatshop? If not, you need to ask yourself if it’s the people working there who call it a sweatshop. If it isn’t,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Excerpting from William Voegili's "Liberal Bullshit". First, a definition: Bullshit” is American English’s assertion, maximally succinct and vigorous, that a contention is factually preposterous or logically absurd. According to philosophy professor Harry Frankfurt, however, the "essence of bullshit is not... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
So Obama has a new immigration policy. Here it is: … We drew [I’d prefer have rather than drew] this imaginary line in the desert. We’ll no longer use force to move people from this side to that side, but... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
NPR’s Planet Money on guys who buy textbooks when they’re cheap and hold them until they’re dear. Better yet, they’re from Utah! Here’s the website with ancillaries, and here’s the podcast. Via Greg Mankiw. Technorati Tags: arbitrage,textbook,used,price,buy,low,sell,high Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Nobel Prize winner Ronald Coase argued that private contracting could provide a workaround for just about any problem that government policy might fix. Check it out: Technorati Tags: coase,theorem,private,contract,externality Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Gordon Tullock passed away this month without ever getting a Nobel Prize (that perhaps he should’ve shared). Pity. Here he is on why it doesn’t make much sense to vote, but why people do anyway. Technorati Tags: tullock,voting,public,choice Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Here’s the small version: I don’t necessarily agree with the rankings. Not because it makes my dogs look bad (it doesn’t), but because the number of categories used is smaller than the sample of dog breeds. To non-statisticians, this is... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Here’s Mike Munger speaking at a Strata event at Utah State. There is very little to actually see in the video, so I’ve cross-posted it as a podcast here. The topic is the sharing economy: whether smartphone facilitated technologies like Uber can be extended to the short-term rental of other... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Here’s Mike Munger speaking at a Strata event at Utah State. The topic is the sharing economy: whether smartphone facilitated technologies like Uber can be extended to the short-term rental of other items. I particularly liked, and already used in class, his meme about how much a power drill is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Here’s a one hour podcast from Relatively Prime about the 20 year development of a computer program and database that could beat all comers at the game of checkers. Checkers was solved in 2007 by Project Chinook at the University... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Here’s a perspective from someone who actually went to China to study and understand the lives of people who work in what we call “sweatshops”. Here’s what she thinks of a viewpoint that’s all too common in America: It’s innacurate and disrespectful. We must be peculiarly self-obsessed to imagine that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
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A stats joke: Technorati Tags: galton,regression,mean,frank,ernest Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at voluntaryXchange
I have to be rather bald about this. Obama’s response to recent questions about the Keystone XL pipeline make me wonder whether he’s stupid, or whether he’s just pandering to people who are stupid. FYI: The Keystone XL pipeline is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at voluntaryXchange
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This is the scandal-of-the-week in D.C. Soon to be forgotten, unless professors keep pulling it off their blogs to show to new students. Gruber is an MIT economist (perhaps most largely) responsible for the construction of Obamacare in a way that would pass through Congress. Here’s a video of remarks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
In macroeconomics classes I teach about how there is no substitute for economic growth. People complain about growth without realizing how secondary all of their complaints are: on net growth has changed our world for the better (and it’s not even a close call). Period. Since the 1980’s, macroeconomists have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
A big theme in my macroeconomics classes is recognizing that government policy can be pretty bad, and getting use to being unromantic about it. Policymakers are people just like you and me: oftentimes we’re ignorant, ill-informed jerks with half-baked ideas. And policymakers may actually be worse: they may be attracted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Koch Derangement Syndrome is an excellent description of what a lot of people seem to be suffering from. Without the name, this topic was a big source of jokes at a conference I went to last spring that was tangentially... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at voluntaryXchange
I can’t say that I liked the whole thing, but I liked the sentiment in Krugman’s November 3 column. … The economic wisdom, or lack thereof, of business leaders. … A common sentiment in many countries, including America — the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at voluntaryXchange
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The vXboy is past this age, but the vXgirl is still a connoisseur of all the $10 macaroni and cheese entrees that you can get at restaurants around town. Oh, and … she usually doesn’t finish them. From the January... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at voluntaryXchange
The Guardian’s “Could You Be On the National Quiz Team”. I got 11/15. Via Tim Worstall. Technorati Tags: trivia,quiz,guardian Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at voluntaryXchange
Cave-o-nomics is the first video in the We the Economy series. It's pretty simplistic: what we think of as the economy started with prehistoric people trading what they could produce most efficiently. For this series you actually have to go to the Cave-o-nomics webpage and click "watch now". I do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
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Kevin Grier has done role playing in his macro classes. And I’ve considered it for mine. I hope it doesn’t turn out like this: Technorati Tags: role,playing,sally,forth,macroeconomics Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at voluntaryXchange
After 45 years, the Allman Brothers Band has packed it in. Here are Gregg Allman's parting words: “Just a few years ago, I was called to come and meet these guys in Jacksonville, Fla.,” Mr. Allman said, by way of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at voluntaryXchange