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Minneapolis may just have you covered, er, plugged with "free" earplugs. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Market Power
The most recent Weather Brains episode 424 is now on YouTube and features guest Josh Wurman, the reknowned severe weather research scientist. Dr. Wurman tells some interesting and amusing stories about doing field research on severe weather of all kinds,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Market Power
Is your password secure? The best way to explain how to choose a good password is to explain how they're broken. The general attack model is what's known as an offline password-guessing attack. In this scenario, the attacker gets a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Market Power
Brad Humphreys sent along a call for papers for North America Association of Sports Economists sessions at this year's SEA meetings in Atlanta Nov. 22-24. Note that a session on the teaching of sports econ is of particular interest. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Market Power
Several viewers have been asking why the roads hit by the snow storm in Wisconsin seemed to be in better condition than those in Minnesota. “As soon as we hit the bridge, it was wet,” Kristine Glenna said about her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Market Power
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This about sums it up (as seen on Facebook): Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Market Power
Jason Berkowitz, Assistant Professor of Finance at St. John's, is putting together a proposal for a session or two at this year's Southern Finance Association Meeting in Key West, Fl (a location that, to this northerner enduring another honest to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Market Power
It seems that the University of Oklahoma has self-reported an excessive pasta violation: But wherever the NCAA's rulebook has a say, the merely inane will inevitably be topped. And so we present to you this anonymous-sport classic, which if the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Market Power
The first song I learned to play all the way through on guitar was Rush's Xanadu. Then again, I was about 15 or 16 years old at the time, not 7 like this burgeoning drummer playing Rush's Tom Sawyer -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Market Power
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Hear it straight from the lady, then the 8 year old daughter Serena of Professor Blanchard, who wrote them. Here's a picture of the cover of my copy of the book. Yes, I believe I have all my textbooks from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Market Power
Every mainstream principles of microeconomics textbook has a treatment of the shut down condition. According to the theory, a firm will shut down operations in the short run (temporarily close) if the price of its product falls below average variable... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Market Power
King Banain, professor in and former chair of the Department of Economics at St. Cloud State University fell and broke his hip today. Surgery was scheduled for 2 PM. Update (2/14/2014 morning): King mentioned on Facebook that his surgery went... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Market Power
Sid Caesar has died. He was 91. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Market Power
There was a problem with the blog that resulted in readers not being able to see its design. As a result, readers would see the blog as if it were created by a novice html programmer programming by hand circa... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Market Power
Note: the deadline is less than two weeks away. CALL FOR PAPERS IX GIJON CONFERENCE ON SPORTS ECONOMICS “NEALE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY” MAY 9TH- 10TH 2014 The annual conference of the Sports Economics Observatory Foundation (FOED, University of Oviedo) will be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Market Power
Dennis Coates of the University of Maryland - Baltimore County is organizing sports economics sessions for the North American Association of Sports Economists (NAASE) to be held at this years Southern Economics Association (SEA) conference in Atlanta. Here is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Market Power
You'll have to watch the video for information about the Stoner Bowl. Here is the link to Chef John's page describing his prediction method in detail. I smell a future Journal of Sports Economics paper examining this betting method. Or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Market Power
Here's a song that Iron Maiden recorded to give their manager Rod Smallwood a bit of crap for moving to LA. Here are the lyrics more or less. Here is a Wikipedia entry for more information. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Market Power
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Market Power
If you aren't already aware, there is an interesting legal battle going on at Wrigley Field. The Cubs ownership wants to install a video board, but this board would block the view from the neighboring rooftops. The interesting economic question... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Market Power
Online pr0n reduces sexual assults, rapes, etc if what people do when they watch online pr0n is a substitute for the real thing. Now comes some evidence that violent video games may reduce violent behavior. The research, done by The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Market Power
Do sports league policies sometimes result in perverse incentives? In a 2002 Journal of Labor Economics paper, Beck Taylor and Justin Trogdon examined if changes in the draft sturcutre in the NBA generated the incentive to intentionally lose games. They... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Market Power
Here's some great classic rock by Tommy Bolin for your Friday. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Market Power
"Decision follows pay lawsuit by former magazine interns." The lawsuit came on the grounds that Conde Nast broke minimum wage laws. Mr. Leib alleged that the New Yorker paid him well below minimum wage—in stipends of $300 to $500—for each... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Market Power