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This is the blog equivalent of drunk dialing, I had promised myself not to do this. Let’s talk this out. There is perhaps no sector in the U.S. economy that is more comprehensively controlled by the government than schooling. I suppose you might say National Defense, but given the large amount of expenditures that are […]

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Surprising Sentence(s)

From this new paper: Lastly, having long-term care insurance has no independent effect on the probability of ending up on Medicaid   Perhaps this one is not surprising to regular readers, but certainly would be to laypersons: Thus, contrary to the predictions of various efficiency wage models of employee behavior (including gift-exchange, reciprocity, and reduced […]

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Here is Coyote’s take on the intellectual environment on college campuses, and the recent “news” at Yale (I copied his entire post below): Via Reason, but the story is all over After giving Holloway his comeuppance, they moved on to Nicholas Christakis, master of Silliman College. What was Christakis’s crime? His wife, an early childhood […]

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Does this mean that I should PAY the U of R for the privilege of working here? Our contributions seem to be negative.  (type in Rochester in the search box) At least my alma mater is sort of average.

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The Holy Zero

Lots of you have been asking what I think of a program to provide “free” or “near free” college tuition to Americans. While I wouild not place such a policy in the rarefied air of things like Cash for Clunkers and Rent Control laws, it is certainly on a hot air baloon making its way […]

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Check out what has been going on at Williams College. I’m no impartial spectator here, being a Lord Jeff and all. I always found it interesting that at universities it is perfectly acceptable for the establishment to criticize its critics, but the critics are not permitted to criticize the critic criticizers.

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Our universities almost exclusively send the message to students that they should pursue their passions, find a career they love, and explore. There is nothing of course wrong with those notions insofar as it goes, but they are at best of secondary importance and consideration. Why? All of the above serves as mere consumption value […]

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The weekly earnings premium (in dollars, not percentages) enjoyed by graduates of professional and PhD programs over graduates with just a Bachelors is now larger than the earnings premium enjoyed by BA recipients over high school graduates. In percentage terms, the graduate degrees enjoy a 45% premium over BA recipients who in turn enjoy a 65% […]

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And So It Begins …

It took until 4th grade for the direct indoctrination to begin. I look forward to her learning about Mssrs. Haber and Bosch, Norman Borlaug, John Rockefeller and more.

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Going through all of the famous Feynman lectures may not be for you, though I do recommend many of them, but reading some of Feynman’s popular work is highly recommended as is learning a little bit more about him. I very much appreciated his comments to close his few years of teaching “Intro” physics at […]

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