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This pretty cool map has been making the rounds on the world-wide-interweb:   The purplish areas are places where there has been net in-migration while the places in orange are those experiencing the most out-migration. Check out where I live by the way (the only purple area seems to be be the DPRI and the […]

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My friend John linked me up to this somewhat unnerving article. Without responding to the claims too harshly, let’s keep in mind some things: Students in almost any discipline learn very little of value while in class. And of what valuable stuff remains, almost none is retained for any considerable point in time. So, even […]

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I now have a deep appreciation for why “bullying” is becoming the topic du jour. If I blog about it however that would probably be deemed bullying. It’s the new rhetorical club, and I think fast taking over the club of “denier” or “sustainability” or “consensus” … but again, should I elaborate, that would be […]

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Equality

Don’t try this at home … I’m blogging while driving. I apologize for grammatical and spelling errors. In recent days I’ve run across a lot of sympathetic Scandinavian navel gazing. The gist is that countries like Finland pay higher taxes, have less “freedom” (whatever that means), are better educated, more “secure” and are happier. Let’s […]

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Perusing the research this morning, I come across this:   Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock by Craig Garthwaite, Tal Gross, Matthew J. Notowidigdo  -  NBER Working Paper #19220  We study the effect of public health insurance eligibility on labor supply by exploiting the largest public health insurance disenrollment in the history of the […]

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Picked this up from Yahoo News today: A new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the NRDC, finds that the federal government spent three times more than the private insurance industry on climate change impacts last year. And, of course, those federal efforts are entirely funded by taxpayers. “It is in effect a climate disruption tax, equivalent to a 2.7 […]

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Pay No Attention to This Warning!

Do any of you have that yellow warning light in your cars? That is the tire pressure sensor gauge in my snazzy little Mazda 3. I think all new cars sold past the year 20xx require them. The next image is the thermometer reading for my car, you will see that it says 42 degrees. […]

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Georgism

Here’s an email exchange Wintercow and I would like to share with you: Me: What was it that pulled you away from Georgism? I just bumped into it in Wikipedia, and it seemed to mesh with everything I believe [about normative economics]. It seems like many of the people who’ve influenced my worldview (including you!) […]

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11) One of the other major mischaracterizations of the insights of Coase is the role that “transactions costs” play in promoting or preventing efficient outcomes. Does Coase ever argue that “transactions costs ARE zero?” Coase never argues that transactions costs ARE zero. It would be an absurd argument. Rather the insight is to imagine what […]

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Hey basketball fans, believe me when I say this, St. John’s used to be excellent. There was nothing more exciting to me than watching mid-1980s Big East Basketball. But I’m not here today to tell you about the athletic exploits of Walter Berry and Mark Jackson and Bill Wennington (2 of them played in our […]

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