Category Archives: Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger

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

College women and the future of economics

Catherine Rampell writes, The shrinking of the middle is largely due to a recent rise in the share of women (who also represent a majority of college students) who identify as either liberal or far left. The share of female … Continue reading

Posted in Introductory Economics, links to my essays, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 24 Comments

Jonathan Haidt’s six-step program

for viewpoint diversity on campus. The steps include Look inside the mind. Learn a little bit of psychology to see the tricks the mind plays on us, making us all prone to be self-righteous, overconfident, and quick to demonize “the … Continue reading

Posted in Three-Axes Model, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 5 Comments

Emotions about winning and losing

Tyler Cowen writes, In venture capital, I suspect that hatred of losing may be a disadvantage. No matter how successful you may be, most of your individual investments will lose money and hatred of losing may make you too risk-averse. … Continue reading

Posted in behavioral economics, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 3 Comments

Affordable Housing is a Supply Problem

Ed Glaeser writes, If demand alone drove prices, then we should expect to see places that have high costs also have high levels of construction. The reverse is true. Places that are expensive don’t build a lot and places that … Continue reading

Posted in energy and the environment, Housing and housing finance, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 8 Comments

Adam Ozimek’s Doubts about Libertarianism

He writes, you can argue that places with big government are great for other reasons, and this draws people there despite the big government and not because of it. And I think there’s a lot of truth to this. But … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarian Thought, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 17 Comments