Category Archives: Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger

Null Hypothesis Watch

Two papers that claim to reject it. 1. Michael Lovenheim and Alexander Willen write, We see consistent evidence that 12 years of exposure to a collective bargaining law negatively impacts both cognitive and noncognitive scores among men. AFQT percentile declines … Continue reading

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Resistance Watch

Charlie Stross writes, However, Facebook is trying to get eyeballs on ads, as is Twitter, as is Google. To do this, they fine-tune the content they show you to make it more attractive to your eyes—and by ‘attractive’ I do … Continue reading

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2018 as a year of resistance

Tyler Cowen predicts some themes for 2018. Many of the biggest events of 2018 will be bound together by a common theme, namely the collision of the virtual internet with the real “flesh and blood” world. This integration is likely … Continue reading

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Computers win the race

Tyler Cowen writes, the human now adds absolutely nothing to man-machine chess-playing teams. I am pretty sure I predicted this. I certainly would have if anyone asked. Whenever you get to the point where a computer is close to human … Continue reading

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Wage differentials vs. productivity differentials, continued

Tyler Cowen asks, Aren’t the waiters more productive *because they are serving wealthier customers*? Gosh, that throws an even bigger monkey wrench into the whole deal. Let me switch examples. Suppose that Jeff Bezos can either rely on Uber or … Continue reading

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Books of the year, 2017

Tyler has given you his list. Mine, in order of quality: Kevin Laland, Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony. Richard Bookstaber, The End of Theory. Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake, Capitalism without Capital. Aaron Ross Powell and Grant Babcock (eds.), Arguments for Liberty. … Continue reading

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Reading in my youth

Tyler Cowen writes, Way back when, I considered the ten books that influenced me most, a list I still stand by. In response, someone asked me to name the books that influenced me, but whose influence I probably was not … Continue reading

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Disaggregating the polity: frontier culture

[UPDATE: clarifying definitions. In the paper below, the frontier is by definition very sparsely settled. Also, “Greater Appalachia” as Woodard uses the term describes the Scots-Irish who gradually spread westward, not simply people born in what we now call Appalachia] … Continue reading

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Equity without capital, twenty years later

I received a review copy of Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy, by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake, which has a 2018 copyright date. 1. My first reaction is to be a bit miffed that my name … Continue reading

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Organizing the causes of the Industrial Revolution

Mark Koyama writes, Consider some prominent views about what caused the British Industrial Revolution. At the risk of grossly simplifying matters we can put them into three bins. …Third, there are those who argue that ultimately only innovation can explain … Continue reading

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