Category Archives: Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger

Tyler Cowen’s Philosophical Opus

He discusses it with Russ Roberts. I claim we should use an intergenerational discount rate of zero. That is, the distant future we should not discount at all. There’s positive time preference within a life, but over the course of … Continue reading

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From Prosperity to Poverty

Ricardo Hausmann writes, Income poverty increased from 48% in 2014 to 82% in 2016, according to a survey conducted by Venezuela’s three most prestigious universities. The same study found that 74% of Venezuelans involuntarily lost an average of 8.6 kilos … Continue reading

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Write no matter what

Joli Jensen says, I recommend spending at least 15 minutes a day in contact with your writing project. This offers frequent, brief, low-stress daily contact with your writing project which helps keep the project “write-sized.” It can include “ventilation,” which … Continue reading

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Americans are super-rich

Tyler Cowen writes, Consumption in the U.S., per capita, measures about 50 percent higher than in the European Union. American individuals command more resources than people in countries such as Norway or Luxembourg, which have higher per capita GDP. The … Continue reading

Posted in Economics of Health Care, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 28 Comments

Clark Medal trends

Concerning the John Bates Clark award, Beatrice Cherrier and Andrej Svorenčík write, From the citations of the medalists from the late 2000s onward, one get the impression that all economics has indeed become applied Pointer from Tyler Cowen. I agree … Continue reading

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Zero pushback

That is what Tyler Cowen gives Atul Gawande when he says, In the 1950s, we had no real FDA, and you had the opportunity to put out, to innovate in all kinds of ways, and that innovation capability gave us … Continue reading

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

Another definition of culture

From Pseudoerasmus. ‘Culture’ is defined as any information inside the mind which modifies behaviour and which got there through social learning — whether from parents, or peers, or society at large. Non-genetically inherited ‘content’ would obviously include technology/knowledge (“how to … Continue reading

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Looting the state governments

The Mercatus center ranks the fiscal condition of the fifty states. The worst, at number 50, is New Jersey, followed (preceded?) by Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Maryland. California is 43, and New York is 39. So by my count 4 … Continue reading

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Human conflict: a Girardian view

Dan Wang writes, If one is a Girardian, then there is perhaps no greater catastrophe than the growing tendency of the American meritocracy to be incubated in elite colleges. Is it not worth fretting that the people running the country … Continue reading

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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

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