Monthly Archives: June 2017

Three Axes, individual reasoning, and social justification

A commenter writes, There’s one thing I’m still not clear about from the book. You distinguish talk from thought but … many readers do not make this distinction… Three antagonistic framings of issues that the three tribes use in a … Continue reading

Posted in Three-Axes Model | 18 Comments

Ed Glaeser on employment policy

He writes, Why, since 1970, has each new downturn added to the ranks of the permanently unemployed? Social science has not fully answered this question, but the best guess involves a combination of a generous social safety net, deindustrialization, and … Continue reading

Posted in income distribution-wealth-poverty | 9 Comments

Douglas Holtz-Eakin on the health care bill

He writes, the CBO is required to compare the BCRA with current law. For Medicaid, that means it must assume that the financially unsustainable entitlement will continue to swell to cover about 5 million more people, accounting for the bulk … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Health Care | 77 Comments

Martin Gurri on Post-Truth

He writes, For liberals, “post-truth” is the only possible explanation for Donald Trump’s somersault to the presidency. At some point, liberals believe, fake news metastasized into false consciousness: hence Trump. For conservatives and libertarians, the phrase aptly describes an information … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | 10 Comments

Russ Roberts on The Three Languages of Politics

He sketches the main ideas of the book, and then he uses the three-axes model to discuss the blind spots of each tribe. For example, Liberals first. In their eagerness to empathize with the victim, they can turn the victim … Continue reading

Posted in Three-Axes Model | 32 Comments

Teleological political theory

Timothy Taylor writes, It can be hard for group with weak hierarchies to make decisions. Group members need to find a balance between making their own contributions in some areas but acquiescing to the group in others. To make this … Continue reading

Posted in public choice, Timothy Taylor is my Favorite Blogger | 10 Comments

The left, the market, and economists

In a recent exchange with Don Boudreaux, Bryan Caplan writes, The heart of the left is being anti-market. From the standpoint of the oppressor-oppressed axis, it may make sense to be anti-market. If you look at market outcomes, you see … Continue reading

Posted in Economic education and methods, Three-Axes Model | 12 Comments

On the state of economics

I have a long essay on the scientific status of economics in National Affairs. A few excerpts from the conclusion: In the end, can we really have effective theory in economics? If by effective theory we mean theory that is … Continue reading

Posted in Economic education and methods, links to my essays | 8 Comments

Education Realist on Hansonian education reform

He or she comments, Harmful interventions: Ending tracking De-emphasizing demonstrated test scores on difficult tests in favor of grades. Increased legal protections for discipline disasters. …Costly interventions: Special education now gives additional money to 1 out of 8 kids and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 22 Comments

What to Study?

Scott H. Young writes, Assuming you were to fulfill that high-minded goal of education, how would you do it? I find it doubtful that the traditional university curriculum would be the best way to do that. Probably the best way … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 26 Comments