Economics, nerdery, and distraction from productive activity
Friday, April 14, 2017
Why the 101 model doesn't work for labor markets
A lot of people have trouble wrapping their heads around the idea that the basic "Econ 101" model - the undifferentiated, sing...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ricardo Reis defends macro
I really like this defense of macroeconomics by Ricardo Reis. He makes it clear that he's sort of playing devil's advocate here...
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Can rationalist communities still change the world?
In my last post, I recounted some historical examples of times when (broadly defined) rationalist communities - groups of smart generali...
Saturday, April 08, 2017
When rationalists remade the world
Defending the "rationalist" community from its most recent crop of assailants, Scott Alexander writes : There have been pas...
Friday, April 07, 2017
Intuitionism vs. empiricism
A few weeks ago, I disagreed with a Russ Roberts post about empirical economics . I wrote that if you don't rely on empirical eviden...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Are the rationals dense?
There's an interesting food-fight between some of the GMU bloggers and the "rationality community". Tyler Cowen called the...
Friday, March 31, 2017
Robuts takin' jerbs
One advantage of writing down models in math, even if you can't test them, is that you make the ideas concrete. For example, take a ...
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The blogs vs. Case-Deaton
Anne Case and Angus Deaton have a new paper on white mortality rates . This one is getting attacked a lot more than the 2015 one, though...
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Asian-American representation in Hollywood
With the casting controversies over the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie and the Marvel Netflix series Iron Fist , the outcry ove...
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