Category Archives: Better Thinking

Is the Internet killing jobs?

Awhile back I wrote how the Internet is an incredible bargain.  I pointed out that we get high amounts of consumer surplus from the Internet.  In short, the Internet has been really good for consumers. Job-destroying Technology Yet, the other … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Grad School

Hear This If you are thinking about grad school, you should listen to this radio conversation with Penelope Trunk just to be sure.  Also read my comments earlier on doing a PhD.  It wouldn’t hurt to read this, this, this, … Continue reading

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The Presidential Politics of Ag Subsidies

Presidential Posturing I’ve occasionally said the U.S. Senate consists of 100 people each convinced they should be president.  Consequently, your typical Senator doesn’t want to ever inhibit any future presidential prospects he or she might have. Due to the quirky … Continue reading

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Tax the Rich, Hurt the Working Man

“Taxing the rich” seems like it is gaining in popularity these days.  By definition, most of us aren’t rich so taxing the rich is something a lot of people will vote for.  Given our jealousy of others having more, tax … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden and the Princess Bride

A lot has been made of OBL’s hide-out location in a populated part of Pakistan near a major military academy.  Why would he choose such an obvious place? (Yesterday I had a related post.) Commentators asking this question have not … Continue reading

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Kids Understand Incentives Too

Over at one of my favorite blogs, Tyler Cowen offers these tidbits: The neighbor said if local children kicked a ball into the compound, someone from inside would pay the children for the ball rather than let them step onto … Continue reading

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How to Fix Jury Duty

One way I know I am different from most Americans is that I like jury duty.  My wife can tell you how truly excited I was the first time I got the golden ticket jury summons.  I realize it imposes … Continue reading

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