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Category Archive for 'Economic Illiteracy'

Not a surprising source: it (local food) requires less vehicle emissions to be transported from the farm to the consumer compared to food transported from other states and countries. Note that I write this as I just finished a massive Blueberry picking saturnalia at Green Acres. Tomorrow we are heading out to Singer Farms for a […]

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I’d simply like to see some consistency on when corporations are deemed to be greedy and when they are not. In today’s WaPo: Evidence that banks still deny black borrowers just as they did 50 years ago Well, I have no doubt that banks deny black borrowers. But the article title is to put it mildly, […]

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An incident that took place just forty miles west of Chicago provoked the Tribune’s editors to indulge in an orgy of coverage that in its frequency, its prominence, and its amplitude suggested that Armageddon was at hand. In the town of Aurora, local officers handed the Tribune (and the dozens of papers nationwide that glommed on the episode) a […]

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Among the many disasters that Prohibition wrought (and continues to bring in the form of the current Drug War) it seems it is largely responsible for wiretapping. This again from Last Call: When he was Attorney General (wintercow: Lord Jeff alum) Harlan Fiske Stone had declared that Justice Department personnel (including members of J. Edgar Hoover’s brand-new […]

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My amazing colleague, Stan Engerman, famous for his work Time on the Cross, just shared with me a short retrospective now that 40 years has passed since the publication of that book. Here are some tidbits from that work. Stan actually does get invited to dinner parties despite this, demonstrating that I have much to learn about […]

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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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I promise to stop beating a dead horse soon. Reflecting on one of last week’s posts on Baltimore, two students send me two good thoughts. First, when your phone is on the fritz, or your computer is on the fritz or when your computer is on the fritz or when you car is on the fritz, […]

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Here is a news item from yesterday’s inbox: Study from Beijing Olympics links pollution to lower birth weights When the Chinese government reduced air pollution levels during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, women there gave birth to children with higher birth weights compared to those who were pregnant before and after the games, according to research […]

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Via the folks at Resources for the Future: Employment Effects of Regulation New research by Industrial Economics, Inc. suggests that EPA’s Clean Power Plan “would create more than a quarter of a million jobs” by 2040. The report notes that coal industry jobs lost due to the stringency of the regulations would be “offset not […]

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