Economics, stale memes, and distraction from productive activity
Monday, December 18, 2017
Sheepskin effects - signals without signaling
Bryan Caplan is one of the most enthusiastic proponents of the signaling theory of education, and this theory plays an important role in...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The "cackling cartoon villain" defense of DSGE
I've sworn off macro-bashing . I said what I had to say. And I'm seeing lots of young macro people doing good stuff . And the ta...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Defending Thaler from the guerrilla resistance
So, Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize , which is pretty awesome. If you've read Thaler's memoir , you'll know that it was a...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Handwaving on health care
There's a particular style of argument that some conservative economists use to dismiss calls for government intervention in market...
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Speech on campus: A reply to Brad DeLong
On Twitter, I wrote that I disagreed with Brad's ideas about speech on college campuses . Brad then requested that I write my ide...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
What we didn't get
I recently wrote a fairly well-received Twitter thread about how the cyberpunk sci-fi of the 1980s and early 1990s accurately predicted...
The margin of stupid
Every so often, I see a news story or tweet hyping the fact that a modest but non-negligible percent of Americans said some crazy or hor...
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