Category Archives: Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger

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

Charter Schools and the Null Hypothesis

Neerav Kingsland writes, Overall, CMOs are delivering +.03 SD effects over three years in both reading and math. These gains are driven by the fact that students benefit from CMOs the longer they stay in them In this context, CMOs … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Education, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 13 Comments

Landlords as Speculators

Adam Ozimek writes, I wonder what housing investment skeptics [sic] Robert Shiller thinks of people who make their livings as landlords. How does this irrational, money losing market exist? After all, if you can’t make a profit by buying a … Continue reading

Posted in Housing and housing finance, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 20 Comments

Tax Luxury Homes?

Adam Ozimek wrote, Taxing housing wealth is also efficient compared with taxing other kinds of wealth because it’s impossible to move and difficult to hide. If you tax financial wealth, you have to worry that wealthy households will park their … Continue reading

Posted in Housing and housing finance, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 20 Comments

World Bank soap opera, not unexpected

Andrew Mayeda reports, Paul Romer is relinquishing oversight of the Development Economics Group, the research hub of the Washington-based development lender, according to an internal staff announcement seen by Bloomberg. Kristalina Georgieva, the chief executive for the bank’s biggest fund, … Continue reading

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Matching GoFundMe Health Care

Tyler Cowen writes, It turns out we value health care for others more in rhetoric than in reality. As a thought experiment, imagine that government support for health care consisted of a matching grant for GoFundMe solicitations, up to half … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Health Care, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 20 Comments

Bike Lanes and Fruitcake

Dave Mabe writes, If a cyclist doesn’t ride in the bike lane (for as simple a reason as making a left turn!) a lot of drivers view this as law breaking or just arrogance. Pointer from Tyler Cowen. I had … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 24 Comments

Losing health insurance that you do not want

Tyler Cowen writes, many of the poor do not value health insurance nearly as much as many planners feel they ought to, in large part because they are already getting some health care. He quotes from the abstract of a … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Health Care, links to my essays, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 22 Comments

Neoliberalism vs. Boboism

Tyler Cowen recently linked to some interpretations of the 2016 election that differ from mine. My most pronounced views are: 1. Be careful not to over-interpret the election. It was very close. Had the ball bounced differently, we would be … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 34 Comments

Tyler Cowen and Russ Roberts

Self-recommending. As usual, Russ does not just throw softballs at the guest, so you get more interesting at-bats. For example, [Russ]: I don’t sense the distinction between a less dynamic, more stable economy and a complacent one. So, tease that … Continue reading

Posted in books and book reviews, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 20 Comments