Category Archives: links to my essays

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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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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Debating Daniel Jelski

He criticized my moonshot essay in which I attacked neoclassical economics. I appreciate that he took the time to read it and consider it seriously. But I want to reply to two of his points. 1. He writes, My old … Continue reading

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Dave Rubin and the Weinstein Brothers

They talk for almost three hours, and you have to hang with it until the end to hear my three-axes model invoked by Eric Weinstein. His point is that libertarians will not be helpful if they (we?) deny that sometimes … Continue reading

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From Albion’s Seed to Colin Woodard

My latest essay covers David Hackett-Fischer, Walter Russell Mead, and Colin Woodard. Fischer shows that each of these four cultures had a different concept of liberty. For the Puritans, it was “ordered freedom,” which meant the rule of law, but … Continue reading

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A moonshot to overthrow neoclassical economics

Tyler Cowen gave me an idea. He described his personal moonshot. He wrote, My goal is to be the economist who has most successfully used the internet as a platform to foment broad enlightenment. He elaborates on this, creating a … Continue reading

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Uninformative Regression

Pierre Lemieux writes, simple regression analysis confirms the absence of statistical correlation between country size and economic freedom. Simple regression analysis is not a good choice with skewed data, such as the population size of different countries. What the regression … Continue reading

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My four rules for financial and work life

I write, Above all, your employment relationship is not a marriage. You can stay interested in other opportunities without being unfaithful. You can walk away without going through a bitter divorce. Much more if you follow the link.

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My essay on the CBO for the Yale Law and Policy Review

I write, The demand for pseudoscience leads to unwise policy choices. Although the CBO is nonpartisan, the presentation of its model results serves to focus attention on scenarios that are favorable to intervention and to deficit spending. But the policy … Continue reading

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A Social Progress Index

At this year’s AEA meetings, there apparently was an interesting session on measuring well-being. One paper, by Daniel Fehder, Scott Stern, and Michael E. Porter, says we describe the construction of a synthetic measure of non-economic performance, the Social Progress … Continue reading

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