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Armor's Reply to Barnett: Research on Early Childhood Ed Still Unpersuasive

David J. Armor W. Steven Barnett’s attempt to rebut my review of preschool research begins with an ad hominem attack on my (and Cato’s) motives for publishing this piece, calling it an “October Surprise” with an aim “to raise a cloud...Show More Summary

Philadelphia Teachers Disrupt School Board Meeting

Andrew J. Coulson Teachers Union at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission In poll after poll, parents tell us that they care about academic achievement, but that they also want schools to help instill good values. And since children...Show More Summary

In the medium-run, supply- and demand-side stagnation stories are very similar

Paul Krugman argues the contrary here.  But let’s say there was a supply slowdown starting in 1999 or so, as reflected in wage and jobs data, masked a bit by the real estate bubble of 2004-2006 and with some of the productivity figures inflated for domestic purposes due to outsourcing. If there is less produced, […]

Is the cost disease of services an illusion?

That is a new suggestion made by Alwyn Young in the latest American Economic Review. The cost disease argument suggests that some services do not augment their productivity very readily (e.g., the barber), and furthermore the demand for many services is income elastic and price inelastic, so with economic growth services take up a rising […]

“10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman”

hat tip to @dandrezner The post “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Sentences about Chinese anti-corruption campaigns

The theme of a study by Melanie Manion is that China’s approach to fighting corruption hearkens back to Maoist campaigns of the 1950s, with the same undesirable effects: campaigns are too frequent, do not last long enough to enlist public confidence, and undermine the growth of long-term institutions of surveillance and enforcement… That is from […]

Assorted links

1. Do horses prefer wearing clothes, and how do we know? 2. The lists of Susan Sontag. 3. Monitoring bank phone calls. 4. Rick Searle reviews Average is Over. 5. We the economy, curated by Morgan Spurlock.  And why partyism is wrong. 6. MIE: selling places in clinical trials?  And ManServants, those new service sector […]

Armor Reply to Barnett

David J. Armor W. Steven Barnett’s attempt to rebut my review of preschool research begins with an ad hominem attack on my (and Cato’s) motives for publishing this piece, calling it an “October Surprise” with an aim “to raise a cloud...Show More Summary

What Public Choice Theory Says about Ebola

Jason Kuznicki What does public choice theory say about responding to Ebola? That is: What are the costs and benefits of various policies – not to the public – but to self-interested politicians? Public choice theory holds that politicians’ interests don’t always coincide with the public’s, and sometimes they diverge quite sharply. Show More Summary

Return of the Vampire Lawsuit Against School Choice

Jason Bedrick Just in time for Halloween, a vampire lawsuit against school choice has risen from the dead. Nearly a month ago, a Florida judge dismissed the Florida Education Association’s (FEA) lawsuit against a bill amending the state’s school choice laws, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked the standing to sue because they were not harmed. Show More Summary

Relaxing in the Sun

Yesterday, when I was outside hanging a quilt on the clothes line to photograph it, my cat Tiger decided to follow me out. He was laying in the grass being so cute I had to take a picture of him. I think cats are particularly cute when they lay on the tops of their heads like that. Show More Summary

Sardinians who want to be a Swiss Charter-City Island

Most secessionist movements want independence. But a small group in Sardinia, the beautiful island off Italy’s coast has another idea for secession. Angered by a system they say has squandered economic potential and disenfranchised the ordinary citizen, they have had enough. They want Rome to sell their island to the Swiss. “People laugh when we […]

The drunk utilitarian

Here is a new paper by Aaron A. Duke and Laurent Bègue: The hypothetical moral dilemma known as the trolley problem has become a methodological cornerstone in the psychological study of moral reasoning and yet, there remains considerable debate as to the meaning of utilitarian responding in these scenarios. It is unclear whether utilitarian responding […]

Top STEM source cities as a percentage of Total F-1 students, the culture that is South India

1. Vijayawada, India 2. Visakhapatnam, India 3. Chennai, India 4. Hyderabad, India 5. Secunderabad, India 6. Pune, India 7. Teheran, Iran 8. Bangalore, India 9. Kolkata, India 10. Dhaka, Bangladesh For absolute numbers, Hyderabad is #1. That is all from the new Brookings report, The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education, by Neil […]

Nevada Cracks Down on Uber

Matthew Feeney Unsurprisingly, Nevada officials are cracking down on Uber. Last Friday, the San Francisco-based transport technology company announced its launch in Sin City. On the day of the launch eight Uber drivers in Las Vegas had...Show More Summary

Two Lessons from the Tunisian Election

Dalibor Rohac The victory of the secular party Call of Tunisia (Nidaa Tounes) in the parliamentary election on Sunday carries two lessons for observers of transitions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The first one is broadly...Show More Summary

Top Ten Reasons You Should Attend Cato's Conference on the Halbig Cases This Thursday

Michael F. Cannon Here are ten reasons everyone should attend this Thursday’s Cato Institute conference, “ Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is Obamacare Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court? ” The very next day – October 31 – the Supreme Court could grant certiorari in King v. Show More Summary

How far does the radius of trust extend?

I’ve long wanted to read a paper on this topic and I just ran across a 2011 essay in the American Sociological Review, by Delhey, Newton, and Welzel.  Most papers on trust work with general questionnaire responses, but those queries often conflate whether you trust the people you know, or the people who surround you, […]

Is it ok for researchers to mess with elections?

The events: Three political scientists sent out official-looking election mailers to 100,000 Montana voters The mailer described the ideological standing of technically non-partisan candidates for the Montana Supreme Court, putting one close to Obama and one close to Romney. Show More Summary

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