It’s become quite apparent that my heart’s not in it for writing up furious and carnassial blog rants, although you nearly got a rise out of me when someone started horse-racing the 2014 midterm elections. Most of my energy’s going into work (I can’t rant about the specifics, but in general: Fuck ODBC. In the ear. With a crowbar) and dialing in my lifting, conditioning, and diet (and I can and probably will rant about specifics there, although right now it’s mostly n=1 experiments with far too few data).
That’s not to say that I don’t comb my RSS feeds on a regular basis looking for items that get my blood pressure up and think “Hey, I should blog about that!” So, I’ma blog about that. Here, in roughly reverse chronological order, is my economics tab. I’ll do politics later.
- Respect for Authority: The Case of Canada (David Henderson) — Respect for authority vs. respect for the office
- Could US debt reach a tipping point? (Megan McArdle) — Well, yes
- The two questions I’m asked most often (low-skilled jobs and future inflation) (Tyler Cowen) — Why I’m not an inflation hawk, and so can you!
- Clinical guidelines that should make you weep (Austin Frakt) — Science-based medicine? Is that on after House?
- Supply management cartels (Eric Crampton) — the Great Maple Syrup Heist investigation as cartel enforcement
- Lord Acton on “power corrupts” (David Henderson) — full context; self-recommending
- How much fraud was there among mortgage originators? (Megan McArdle) — bubbles make the regulations emplaced to prevent bubbles seem perversely pessimistic
- Collective guilt: A Socratic dialogue (Bryan Caplan) — masterful
- Faking data + comics = HULK SMASH (Aaron Carroll) — no, this particular subculture isn’t responsible for teh ebils either
- Living wages and raising rivals’ costs (Eric Crampton) — bonus content on how protectionist student visas lead to exploitative employers
- Torture in a Just World (Alex Tabarrok) — impossible to summarize; go read
- Average earnings of young college graduates are still falling (Tyler Cowen) — doesn’t differentiate by degree programme, but still ominous for higher ed
- Inequality, crime, and jellybeans (Eric Crampton) — with possibly the best XKCD ever
- Is that a government purchase or a transfer payment? (Garett Jones) — GDP games
- Department of awful statistics: Income inequality edition (Megan McArdle) — bar charts that lie, and bonus “is that a gamma distribution?” long-tail content
- CNN: What you thought about obesity is wrong (Aaron Carroll) — in which CNN grudgingly carries some decent nutrition info
- The cost of everything… an ongoing series (Eric Crampton) — opportunity cost, motherfucker: DO YOU SPEAK IT?
- Medical self-defense (Alex Tabarrok) — demonstrating once more that bioethicists are horrible people
- Predatory borrowing? (Tyler Cowen) — more on fraud among mortgage originators
- Society of lies (Bryan Caplan) — a discussion of argumentum ad populum
- Making you smarter (Bryan Caplan) — modern education as Flowers for Algernon writ large
Politics tab up next, when I get around to it.