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Werner Heisenberg, Economist

March 18th, 2011 · 8 Comments

Interesting passing observation from Yglesias: [F]or all the horrors of the current recession it’s been managed much better than the Great Depression of the 1930s was. Progress is happening. The only way to make more rapid progress on the science of macroeconomic stabilization would be to have many more recessions so as to gather better […]

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Tags: Economics · General Philosophy

Movie Snobbery Begins at Home

October 22nd, 2010 · 18 Comments

Tyler Cowen Alex Tabarrok considers some economic explanations for the recent inversion of the traditional dominance of movies over television as “elite entertainment,” primarily the rise of pay-TV and the growing importance of the international market for movies. (Explosions don’t need to be translated, after all.) That’s surely part of it, but I’d be more […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Economics

Privacy and Tiered Pricing

May 29th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Here’s Kevin Drum on trading personal information for discounts—at the supermarket and the newsstand: Today, overall supermarket prices are still the same as they’ve always been, they’re just tiered differently: those with cards pay less and those without cards pay more. So on average, consumers haven’t benefited. What’s more, competition is generally fierce in the […]

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Tags: Economics · Privacy and Surveillance

Framing and the New Paternalism

April 5th, 2010 · 16 Comments

My friend Glen Whitman has an excellent essay over at Cato Unbound that takes aim at what’s been variously called “new” or “soft” or even “libertarian” paternalism. I’ve been relatively open to at least some of the ideas circulating under those banners—at least as libertarians go—but Glen’s arguments certainly provide ample reason for severe skepticism.  […]

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Tags: Economics · General Philosophy · Law · Libertarian Theory · Nannyism

Measuring Piracy on PS3

March 31st, 2010 · 10 Comments

Mike Masnick at Techdirt is fuming over Sony’s decision to remove the ability to install third-party operating systems on the Playstation 3 with their next big firmware upgrade. I don’t think I was even aware of the feature, so it’s of little practical import to me, but apparently there are quite a few coders and […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Economics

Checking in on the Healthcare Debate

December 15th, 2009 · 34 Comments

I have enough of my own issues to pay attention to, so I’ve been doing my best to scrupulously ignore the running health reform debate, but in this town there are limits to what can be blocked out.  As I understand the current state of play, we will still have a mandate and a “non-discrimination” […]

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Tags: Economics · Horse Race Politics

I Don’t Think It Works That Way

October 14th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Megan sez: That’s a bold prediction.  I’m skeptical.  I think it is more likely is that this thing passes, and fails spectacularly.  There are too many moving parts, and if any of them breaks, the whole thing rapidly starts to spin out of control and eat a gigantic hole in the deficit.  If it does […]

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Tags: Economics

But It’s a GENUINE Fake Nobel

October 12th, 2009 · 11 Comments

It seems like every year someone feels obligated to remind us that the Economics Nobel isn’t a real Nobel Prize because it’s not one of the categories established by Alfred Nobel’s will. Yglesias does the honors this year, implying that this is some sort of strange scam where the Bank of Sweden somehow convinced people […]

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Tags: Economics · Language and Literature

Two Kinds of Innovation

August 17th, 2009 · 10 Comments

A commenter on the other day’s patent post makes an important point: I also thought that even if an idea is obvious, it won’t be implemented until someone realizes that they have a need for it. I guess this falls under the question of whether there’s prior art, but it would also be a reason […]

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Tags: Economics · Law

No Data, Please, We’re Americans

July 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments

In the middle of a group discussion of health care reform last week, an acquaintance expressed puzzlement that the current debate isn’t more heavily focused on international comparisons. Modulo all the important differences—cultural, institutional, demographic, and so on—between the United States and other developed countries, shouldn’t we be spending most of our time weighing the […]

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Tags: Economics · Sociology