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More from Last Call: Al Smith’s candidacy gave bigots and xenophobes a perfect demon. In 1928 the crude impulses that had earlier ignited the rapid growth of the Ku Klux Klan now exploded among those “Pure Americans” who saw themselves as losing their nation to the Irish and the Italians and all the other foreigners crowding […]

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Does this support the Higgs view of the Great Depression, and the modern view of stagnation? Or is it just an anomaly? Remember, beware any single study. But of course, a single study is something. Do ‘Cheeseburger Bills’ Work? Effects of Tort Reform for Fast Food After highly publicized lawsuits against McDonald’s in 2002, 26 […]

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The Hiatus

No, not this one. I’ll be galavanting and posting only sparsely. I hope you keep me in your feed reader however, I’ll be back at some point. -Wintercow

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Goodbye Seniors

Congratulations and godspeed. I’m extremely honored to have been part of your lives and I wish for all of you the deepest human flourishing. You will be missed but not forgotten.

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Public Service Announcement: If you ever need a good belly laugh, check out the Darwin Awards. Were there awards handed out to dingbats who do not manage to kill themselves, then these thieves from my hometown area would be in a race for the title: If I were one of the burglars who ransacked her […]

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Keep it Classy Redux

A soon to be former student asked me to repost this, I do so with some hesitation below – it as put together 9 years ago. _______________________________________________________________________ The economics blogosphere has lit up in recent weeks with economists writing up their so-called “class autobiographies.” In the ephemeral world of blogosphere discussion topics, my following attempt […]

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Monday Research

Electricity “deregulation” was more about rent shifting. No surprise there.  What do you think the authors say about efforts to promote distributed generation, (i.e. rooftop solar)? “We argue that a similar dynamic underpins the current political momentum behind distributed generation (primarily rooftop solar PV) which remains costly from a societal viewpoint, but privately economic due to the rent […]

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LETA

Now, I surely do think we as humans can do a much better job in treating the animals we eat (and whose products we eat) better. But treating your food badly is not exactly unusual in the animal kingdom. Try this on: Or this one:

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In this new paper, we learn that mandating child care benefits for women (in Chile) corresponds to lower initial wage offers for them. This paper studies the effect of mandated employer-provided child care on the wages of women hired in large firms in Chile. … The results indicate that the montlhy starting wages of women hired in […]

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Processed

Exactly what is “wrong” with processed foods? At the same time, what is “right” about something that is “hand-crafted?” Now, as a home brewer and a craft beer enthusiast, I am certainly “guilty” of favoring brewers that “hand-craft” their beer and whose ingredients, I am told, are lightly or not “processed” … Note that “processed” […]

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