Monthly Archives: January 2017

Defending those with whom you disagree

Tyler Cowen writes, write occasional material in support of views you don’t agree with. Try to make them sound as persuasive as possible. If need be, to keep your own sense of internal balance, write a dialogue between opposing views, … Continue reading

Posted in Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 17 Comments

WaPo Watch

Fred Hiatt writes, The answer to dishonest or partisan journalism cannot be more partisan journalism, which would only harm our credibility and make civil discourse even less possible. The response to administration insults cannot be to remake ourselves in the … Continue reading

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Jeff Sachs on Health Care Policy

He writes, That report found that the higher health care outlays in the United States–compared with Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia–are due to the higher prices of health services. . .rather than to a greater use or higher quality of … Continue reading

Posted in books and book reviews, Economics of Health Care | 6 Comments

The Irrational Voter Decides

Jacob T. Levy writes, The 2016 election exposed grave vulnerability and fragility in the American party system. One major party was successfully hijacked by an extremist outsider in the face of initial opposition from a huge portion of the party’s … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 22 Comments

Means Testing and Behavior Testing

When it comes to giving taxpayer aid to poor households, I think that people favor a combination of means testing and behavior testing. [UPDATE: between the time I wrote this and the time I posted it, Bryan Caplan expressed similar … Continue reading

Posted in income distribution-wealth-poverty, Setting Economic Priorities | 3 Comments

Ron Haskins on Work and Welfare

He writes, Significant advances against poverty in the coming years seem likely to depend on significant increases in paid work among the poor — and the reasons are not purely economic. Work means increased earnings, to be sure, which in … Continue reading

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Null Hypothesis Watch

Emma Brown writes in the Washington Post, One of the Obama administration’s signature efforts in education, which pumped billions of federal dollars into overhauling the nation’s worst schools, failed to produce meaningful results, according to a federal analysis. Test scores, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 24 Comments

Web Site Revamp

It will not affect this blog, but I am trying to better organize my overall web site. One step is to try to create a biographical page. One relevant bit, from a section on the evolution of my political beliefs: … Continue reading

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Russ Roberts and Sam Quinones

The most recent econtalk is one of the most fascinating episodes ever. It made me want to read Quinones’ book on the evolution of the opiod crisis. I’ll pick one random excerpt: Oxycontin is a game-changer for another reason, not … Continue reading

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Kling on Trade

I wrote, On the topic of international trade, the views of economists tend to differ from those of the general public. There are three principal differences. First, many noneconomists believe that it is more advantageous to trade with other members … Continue reading

Posted in trade and immigration | 28 Comments