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As a once-sensible economist I supported a “revenue neutral carbon tax” as one major prong of global warming strategy. The simple idea is that such a program would qualify as “No Regrets.” If CO2 turns out to be really bad, then the tax assures that we’ve properly considered those damages in our day to day […]

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An acquaintance who knows a bit about organic farming and conventional farming and GMO techniques tells me that scientists have been able to take a gene from the barley and stick it in the wheat … and by doing so to irrigate wheat would require 1/8 as much water as conventional wheat requires. Perhaps instead […]

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I promised myself this year that I would not comment on what the kids at Vox are up to. I found this one particularly interesting: The arguments that convinced a libertarian to support aggressive action on climate Now, the arguments themselves are very reasonable and the position that this libertarian takes seem reasonable enough to many […]

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Robert Reich is telling us: Some opponents say minimum wage workers are teenagers, seeking some extra pocket money. WRONG! About half of minimum wage workers are 35 or older, most are women and many are key breadwinners for their families.” OK, well, let’s see what the government itself tells us from the raw data: ‘ […]

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Arnold Kling shares an email get received from the higher-ups at Swarthmore College: The managers of Swarthmore College agree that climate change is the most pressing issue of our time and that Swarthmore College can — and must — play a leadership role in helping to curb the seemingly insatiable appetite for fossil fuel. That’s my […]

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Here is a tweet from Ezra Klein: Here is the Vox piece he is referring to. Maybe a line-by-line trampse through the article would be fun, but this one in particular stuck out: The easiest way to eliminate Medicaid’s marginal tax rates would be to adopt single-payer health care. If you get the exact same […]

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Here is a good summary of the modern challenges facing philanthropists. Back when we had our student group this would have been a great topic for discussion. Aside from the obvious Hayekian concerns about knowledge and planning, the philosophical question of whether unborn future people can and should have a claim on us is difficult. […]

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French Press

The French just passed legislation requiring all commercial buildings to install solar panels or install plants on their roofs. I am sure that the following questions were asked and smartly debated before passage: What externality is this solving that could not be done more cheaply with taxes or other output regulatory standards? For example, if […]

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My former professor from graduate school is coming to U of R tomorrow: Speaker to Address Carbon Emission Reduction “Robert Frank, the H.J. Louis Professor of Management and professor of economics at Cornell, will present “Reducing Carbon Emissions Will Be Easier Than Many People Think” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Morey Hall, Room […]

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Just finished doing my taxes. Yay, that’s both enjoyable and an incredibly valuable use of my time. I spent only about three hours so far this year getting my paperwork together, shopping for low-priced software, asking for advice, filling out my taxes, making a couple of phone calls and adjusting my withholdings for next year […]

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