(1) Hmmm, jobs are less likely to be created when unemployment “benefits” are extended.
(2) Hmmm, when you are given retirement health benefits, you save less during your working life.
(3) Jeff Sachs breathes new life into the “geography is the reason nations are poor” story (in the panoply of reasons).
(4) Why I Hate “Economics as Science” episode 2904884: this paper tries to theoretically justify regulatory bans on short-selling. Sciency goodness, right? Of course, the short selling only seems to “harm” firms that are heavily leveraged. So these “sciency good” results don’t suggest that having a fever is the problem, they want to ban the thermometer from reading more than 98.6.
(5) Copyright extensions seem to make authoring more profitable. But isn’t the point of copyright not necessarily to enrich authors, but to benefit readers? What about the number of books and high quality publications? And indeed, wouldn’t high profits perhaps indicate the opposite?
(6) Can peer effects mitigate the public goods “problem?” Evidence from vaccinations.