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Should you be reading someone that claims “this is what economists think,” particularly if said person is not an economist, you may either want to head for the intellectual exits or you might want to politely send a note to the author/speaker asking them for evidence that ALL economists think that. Even better, you can […]

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US Congress prevents Norwegian Airline from flying in America. My favorite part:  because of concerns the low-cost carrier will dodge international labor rules. That’s pretty darn laughable seeing as the Scandinavians are held out as the most socially just and fair countries on Earth. If not them, whom?

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The emperor indeed has no clothes and it’s apparently a feature of the argument, not a bug: Barry Ritholtz: U.S. on Highway to Flunking Out, by Barry Ritholtz: Roads are crumbling, bridges are collapsing, and what was once considered one of the greatest achievements of any government anywhere has fallen into embarrassing disrepair. I am of course discussing our […]

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I’m writing final exams and hope to be back at this in due time. In the meantime, here was one particularly interesting working paper I had emailed to me today: Discrimination and the Effects of Drug Testing on Black Employment by Abigail K. Wozniak  -  NBER Working Paper #20095 (LS PE) Nearly half of U.S. employers test job […]

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True blooded green Environmentalists (I’d argue are politically are far to the left) … should LOVE monopolies (an undemonstrated claim made by the far left is that capitalism is prone to monopolies. Similarly, true blooded school choicers (I’d argue are more oriented to the right) … should HATE the success of charter schools (to the […]

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That would be people like my wife who continue to work. Here is how her income is taxed: Federal tax rate of 28% (her wage puts us in this bracket) State tax rate of 6.5% Social security – her “share is 7.65%, her employer pays 7.65%, but since we know that the incidence of this […]

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My inbox this morning greeted me with two things. First this: University Sets Tuition Rates for 2014-15  Tuition for undergraduates in the College and the Eastman School will be $46,150 in the 2014-15 academic year, a 3.5 percent increase from 2013-14. Read more… Then this: Does Classroom Time Matter?  A Randomized Field Experiment of Hybrid and Traditional […]

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We’re quite accomplished at that here in the United States. I wonder, do you actually feel good when you have to impose force in order to get people to do something? Is it really altruism, when for example, if tax dollars are collected to provide food for the hungry? It may be morally correct, from […]

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Coyote reports: Spending enormous resources on a program to reduce X, and then not tracking (or even putting in place a mechanism to track) whether X was reduced as promised.   James Taranto quoting the National Journal quoting Administration officials: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the health care law will reduce the number of uninsured […]

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The “left” sees the last 34 years as a revival (was there ever a VIVAL?) of laissez-faire dogmatism. Some folks like myself see it as almost the diametric opposite. Of course, some of this could be “settled” by empirical evidence. The number of pages of regulations? The dollars spent complying with regulations? The number of […]

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