Author Archives: Arnold Kling

Interesting Sociology

From a Joint Economic Committee Report. In the early 1970s, nearly seven in ten adults in America were still members of a church or synagogue. While fewer Americans attended religious service regularly, 50 to 57 percent did so at least … Continue reading

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Fake Sociology

But credible enough to pass peer review, apparently. The paper states that the penis as a form of “’hegemonic masculinity and cultural construction,’ presented in the ‘essence of the hard-on’,” and even argues that man-made climate change is happening because … Continue reading

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Preach it, brother John

John Cochrane writes, there is a deep lesson in their style of modeling: Heterogeneity. Misallocation. Dispersion. Inequality. The key lesson is not that “regulation is killing US firms on average.” The US as a whole is doing badly because firms … Continue reading

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Human Interaction

Whereas reason is commonly viewed as a superior means to think better on one’s own, we argue that it is mainly used in our interactions with others. We produce reasons in order to justify our thoughts and actions to others … Continue reading

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Road to Sociology Watch

One of my more recent ideas is that academic economics is on the road to becoming like academic sociology. That is, it will become increasingly driven by a left-wing agenda. Consider the table of contents for the May 2017 issue … Continue reading

Posted in Economic education and methods | 12 Comments

Have I changed my mind?

A reader asked, In light of everything that has happened in the last few years, have you changed your mind on anything. In the context, this was a question about politics. I think that in general I have become more … Continue reading

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A kind review of my book

From an Amazon reader, the second edition is much better than the first. It’s nearly three times as long (146 pages vs the original edition’s 54), and more importantly gets the ideas across better. And that’s important because this is … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart and Banking, Once Again

Lawrence J. White writes, it is exactly this demographic group—low- and moderate-income households—that is most in need of reasonably priced financial services. The percentage of U.S. households that are unbanked (i.e., do not have a bank account) or underbanked (i.e., … Continue reading

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Land prices in San Francisco

Robert L. Cutts writes, Homes… now sell for 15 times the average salaried worker’s annual gross wage. Even small condominium units… sell for nearly 10 years’ pay. First-time buyers would have to contract 50- to 90-year mortgages to make the … Continue reading

Posted in Economic History, Housing and housing finance | 13 Comments

Yuval Levin on Conservatism

He says, I think of alienation as a sense of detachment from one’s own society. It’s looking out at the society you live in and thinking, “That’s not mine” and feeling no connection, no links—seeing it as distant, as hostile, … Continue reading

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