In 1960, 0.9% of the American population received disability benefits. In other words, 1 out of every 111 people you encountered received disability. Today, 5.9% of the American population received disability benefit. In other words, 1 out of every 17 people you encounter is receiving disability. Note that Americans are living longer, cars and driving […]
Category Archive for 'Behavior'
How do you respond to good news? I suppose the answer depends on whether you are a glass half-full or glass half-empty kind of person. What if I told you that scientists have discovered a way to generate electricity and subsequently remove any and all pollution that it might create, and to do so in a […]
It turns out that Californians have successfully made their lives less comfortable by banning plastic bags. As you surely know this is yet another feel good policy that will accomplish almost nothing in the way of real environmental benefits. Now, I have no problem with people making poor choices especially with their own funds, and […]
Like many parents, last week I was able to attend the opening meetings at our childrens’ school which included a brief “ra ra” assembly with the Principal and then we go to the classrooms to meet the teachers and listen to their shpiel on how they will educate our kids and how lucky they are to […]
Ahh, nothing like the anticipation of seeing the future of a freshly seeded lawn …
At an unnamed small-research university located in the Great Lakes area: Not that I would have any direct knowledge, but I am told that this happens at least every two weeks over the course of the year. Good luck solving global warming, world poverty, infrastructure planning, etc.
My family and I attended a swanky golf tournament yesterday (the Barclays, played at the austere Ridgewood Country Club). Needless to say, the place is populated with a slice of folks from the very top of the income distribution with a sprinkling of “regular Joes” tossed in. Two small obsvervations: I have rarely encountered more […]
Just had the pleasure of watching Rocky with my daughter and that line above was one I missed when I first watched it 30 years ago. At the end of the epic fight, where Rocky had just gone the distance against Apollo (and lost), the news folks and TV folks are swarming Rocky, and upon […]
A new NBER Paper finds: In this paper, we demonstrate that university students who cheat on a simple task in a laboratory setting are more likely to state a preference for entering public service. Importantly, we also show that cheating on this task is predictive of corrupt behavior by real government workers, implying that this measure captures a meaningful propensity […]
This news item caught my eye: The free market of ideas serves those exceptional few with the most intellectual and social capital…only by subjecting everyone else to even higher levels of social control and intellectual scrutiny, all the while asserting these same people’s ‘liberty’ and ‘equal right to speak.’ So not only are markets tools […]