Economics, stale memes, and distraction from productive activity
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Defending Thaler from the guerrilla resistance
So, Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize , which is pretty awesome. If you've read Thaler's memoir , you'll know that it was a...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Handwaving on health care
There's a particular style of argument that some conservative economists use to dismiss calls for government intervention in market...
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Speech on campus: A reply to Brad DeLong
On Twitter, I wrote that I disagreed with Brad's ideas about speech on college campuses . Brad then requested that I write my ide...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
What we didn't get
I recently wrote a fairly well-received Twitter thread about how the cyberpunk sci-fi of the 1980s and early 1990s accurately predicted...
The margin of stupid
Every so often, I see a news story or tweet hyping the fact that a modest but non-negligible percent of Americans said some crazy or hor...
Sunday, September 10, 2017
a16z podcast on trade
I recently had the pleasure of appearing on the a16z podcast (a16z stands for Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm). The topic...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Realism in macroeconomic modeling
Via Tyler Cowen , I see that Ljungqvist and Sargent have a new paper synthesizing much of the work that's been done in labor search...
Thursday, September 07, 2017
An American Whitopia would be a dystopia
In a recent essay about the racial politics of the Trump movement, Ta-Nehisi Coates concluded with a warning: It has long been an ax...
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