Monthly Archives: March 2013

Causal Density is a Bear

The Economist reports, The mismatch between rising greenhouse-gas emissions and not-rising temperatures is among the biggest puzzles in climate science just now. It does not mean global warming is a delusion. Flat though they are, temperatures in the first decade … Continue reading

Posted in statistical methods | 4 Comments

Two Long-term Trends in Education

1. More administrators. Administrative positions at K-12 schools increased by 700 percent since 1950 — seven times faster than the growth of student enrollment. 2. Fewer school districts. We’ve gone from 127,000 school districts in 1932 to fewer than 15,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 4 Comments

What I’m Reading

Building Home, a biography of savings and loan mogul H.F. Ahmanson, who flourished from the 1930s until his death in 1968. I had low expectations for this book, but I’m actually getting much more out of it than I did … Continue reading

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The Soda Ban as Culture War

Aaron Ross Powell writes, if you drink 32 ounces of Coca-Cola, you’ll rack up 388 calories. A 20 ounce Iced White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has 500. Both aren’t good for you, but the Mocha’s worse. The difference is that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Are Libertarians Natural Allies of Conservatives?

A reader writes, The appeal of the civilization-barbarism axis to people seeing the world through a freedom-slavery axis is obvious. The use of force by the gang holding state power is a return to barbarism. One way to think of … Continue reading

Posted in Three-Axes Model | 22 Comments

Secretary Sebelius: Insurance != Insurance (paging Ezra Klein)

She is quoted saying, At a White House briefing Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said some of what passes for health insurance today is so skimpy it can’t be compared to the comprehensive coverage available under the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Health Care, links to my essays | 11 Comments

The Albert Hirschman Bio

It is The Worldly Philosopher, by Jeremy Adelman. Tyler Cowen offers praise although he is only partly into it. I finished it, which is something I am guessing few others will do, although I imagine a lot of people will … Continue reading

Posted in books and book reviews, Economic education and methods | 2 Comments

Bryan Caplan on the Marriage Premium

He writes, It’s easy to see the appeal of the selection story: Married people have many traits in common: willingness to commit, to defer gratification, to conform to social norms. Why then, though, do married men earn a large premium, … Continue reading

Posted in Three-Axes Model | 4 Comments

Knowledge vs. Incentives

Ing-Haw Cheng, Sahil Raina, and Wei Xiong write, Our analysis shows little evidence of securitization agents’ awareness of a housing bubble and impending crash in their own home transactions. Securitization agents neither managed to time the market nor exhibited cautiousness … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Crisis of 2008, Housing and housing finance | Comments Off

Lifted from the Comments on the Three-Axis Model

On this post. Watching some Kenneth Branagh documentary about Goebbels I was surprised how central oppressor-oppressed narrative was in Hitler’s speeches. Oppressor-oppressed narrative is crucial to forming in-group identities, and in-group identity is a useful and powerful tool. Oppressor-oppressed narrative … Continue reading

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