Monthly Archives: January 2015

Family Structure Matters

Timothy Taylor looks at various meta-analyses of studies of the possible causal role of the absence of a father on outcomes for the children. He quotes a meta-analysis by Sara McLanahan and others The research base examining the longer-term effects … Continue reading

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529: Popular != Good Policy

Peter Suderman writes, this episode and the swift bipartisan opposition it generated is so revealing, not only about the short term political instincts of the Obama administration, but about the longer term political and policy dynamics of sustaining the welfare … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, government debt crisis, links to my essays | 6 Comments

Jason Collins on James Manzi

Self-recommending. succeeding or failing in a single trial doesn’t usually constitute adequate evaluation of a program. Rather, promising ideas need to be subject to iterative evaluation in the relevant contexts.

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The Technocrat’s Creed

He writes, The near-global stagnation witnessed in 2014 is man-made. It is the result of politics and policies in several major economies — politics and policies that choked off demand. In the absence of demand, investment and jobs will fail … Continue reading

Posted in Mark Thoma is Indispensable, PSST and Macro | 6 Comments

Kurzweil Predictions

From an interview with Peter Diamandis. By the 2020s, most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical technology. Normal human eating can be replaced by nanosystems. The Turing test begins to be passable. Self-driving cars begin … Continue reading

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How to Live Beyond Your Means

1. The WaPo reports, Today, they struggle under nearly $1 million in debt that they will never be able to repay on the 3,292-square-foot, six-bedroom, red-brick Colonial they bought for $617,055 in 2005. The Boatengs have not made a mortgage … Continue reading

Posted in Eurozone Crisis, Financial Crisis of 2008 | 10 Comments

PG County Foreclosure Story Focuses on the N-word

This WaPo story is long, but nonetheless incomplete. Using court and land records, The Post analyzed 173 home purchases in Fairwood that wound up in foreclosure between 2006 and 2008. In 43 of those home purchases, borrowers financed 100 percent … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Crisis of 2008, Housing and housing finance, income distribution-wealth-poverty | 13 Comments

Topic of the Week: Secession

First, on this week’s econtalk, Russ Roberts and Alex Tabarrok discuss private cities. Many interesting issues come up. Among them: 1. Alex endorses the idea of a region in which several governments compete to offer public services. 2. Whether you … Continue reading

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Yanis Varoufakis talks with Russ Roberts

He says, You and I would not be talking about Greece today if Greece in 1999 by some miracle of politics and rationality had stayed out of the Eurozone. That is the reason why it is such a disaster; and … Continue reading

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Tax the Big Non-profits?

From the WSJ. A recent budget plan by Republican Gov. Paul LePage calling for an overhaul of individual, corporate and sales taxes also would make Maine the first state in the nation to require colleges, hospitals and other large charities … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Economics of Health Care, links to my essays | 9 Comments