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All of these accept the premise that future damages from anthropogenic warming will be serious, i find this to be a useful discussion strategy: Climate change will cause massive heat and drought and leave people in need of food. OK, compare then, the most effective and optimistic scenarios for reducing CO2 emissions and preventing warming […]

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I next propose a tax on marriage homogeneity! Why? Well, Tyler Cowen points to some new research: Assortative mating is returning to Gilded Age levels … Patterns of intermarriage between persons who have varying levels of educational attainment are indicators of socioeconomic closure and affect the family backgrounds of children. This article documents trends in […]

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A tax on university endowments and a tax on college tuition would seem to me to be pretty efficient and equitable taxes. On the equity side, the wealthiest people in America work for, have graduated from, attend and will attend universities – so it targets the 1% pretty well and almost all people in the […]

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As a labor economist, I am very much excited any time we see a policy change that enables us to do some research into hitherto unanswered questions. The rolling-out of the new overtime pay rule would seem to be one such option. One reason the administration is pushing for the rule is akin to the reason for […]

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How would a reasonable person react if I said something to the effect of: Woodrow Wilson, a favorite Progressive politician, was pretty clearly discriminatory in his Executive Branch hiring practices and very likely a racist. Therefore, all Progressives today are racists and should be dismissed and ignored. The early proponents of the minimum wage, mostly Progressives, […]

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If this is a particular hobby horse of yours, that companies produce shorter-lived and shoddier products than they “could” … explain housing, and the modern car. Explain oil rigs. Explain school buildings. Explain professional photographs. Explain Advil. In the intellectual climate we seem to be operating in, the most likely answer to these I would […]

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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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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 […]

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The effective altruism movement seems to be taking off. It is not at all hard to understand the appeal. Many of us (not me of course, I don’t care) struggle every day with the notion of trying to live a good life and as part of that life we want to have a positive impact […]

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I typically ask this question to my environmental economics students (not original to me): A company chairman is told a new project will increase profits, but it will definitely cause harm to the environment. He says, “I don’t care about harming the environment. Let’s start the new project. I just want to make as much […]

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