Monthly Archives: February 2018

Off-topic: Laura Lippman’s latest novel

It is called Sunburn. I got to it because it was praised in reviews and because its setting is a town on the way to the beach where we vacation every summer. She calls the town Belleville, but I assume … Continue reading

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Road to Sociology Watch

From The Economist A similar study of American economists by Ms May and others also found men more sceptical of government regulation, more comfortable with drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and more likely to believe that a higher … Continue reading

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My health care essay: condensed version

The Myths Surrounding Health Care Policy. A random excerpt: But in practice, it is not so easy for statisticians and economists to over-ride the judgment of doctors. As anyone who has ever tried to set up a bonus system for … Continue reading

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Finished my assignment: a 20-page essay on health care

It’s actually more like 12 pages, single-spaced. About 6000 words. I am not sure what to do with it. Here is the conclusion: As individuals, we would like unlimited access to medical services without having to pay for them. Collectively, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Health Care | 10 Comments

So-called experts on U.S. vs. Europe in health care spending

The European IGM Experts Panel was polled on the following proposition: Higher quality-adjusted US healthcare prices contribute relatively more to the extra US spending than does the combination of higher quantity and quality of US care (interpreting quantity and quality … Continue reading

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A Null Hypothesis Exception?

Alex Tabarrok writes, What if I told you that there is a method of education which significantly raises achievement, has been shown to work for students of a wide range of abilities, races, and socio-economic levels and has been shown … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education | 8 Comments

Me vs. Steven Pinker

In an interview, Pinker says, I’m skeptical about that we’re going to see enhancements of human nature by genetic engineering, nanotechnology, or neural implants (though these technologies may be used to mitigate disabilities, a different matter). We now know that … Continue reading

Posted in behavioral economics, Economics of Education | 11 Comments

Caplan, Hanushek, and my own views on education

A reader asked me to comment on the debate between Bryan Caplan and Eric Hanushek on the extent to which education confers real skills or is merely a signal. I thought that the only point that Hanushek scored was when … Continue reading

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Jason Collins on Grit

He writes, I will say that Duckworth appears to be one of the most open recipients of criticism in academia that I have come across. She readily concedes good arguments, and appears caught between her knowledge of the limitations of … Continue reading

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My essay on why economics does not progress

In Economists Wake Up: It’s the 21st Century, I write, Along the Akerselva River in Oslo Norway, the buildings of the industrial era have been re-purposed or replaced. The same is true in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or Birmingham, England. But economists … Continue reading

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