Elephants are able to differentiate between ethnicities and genders, and can tell an adult from a child – all from the sound of a human voice. This is according to a study in which researchers played voice recordings to wild African elephants. The animals showed more fear when they heard the voices of adult Masai […]
Jeffrey Miron Some marijuana legalizers push the argument that legalization will generate additional tax revenue. Opinions differ widely, however, on exactly how much revenue. In mid-February, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper predicted...Show More Summary
It’s official: today I move from the ranks of disreputable, careless, independent bloggers to the elite cadre of disreputable, careless bloggers who write for major news outlets. I am now of the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage. The popularity of my … Continue reading ? The post Respectamability appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A compendium of advice for academics When will your mail be stolen? Do wild elephants have a word for human? Canadian pornography apparently not Canadian enough How much is Walmart selling Occupy Wall Street posters for? The fascinating (and evidence … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Jason Bedrick How much does a “free” school lunch cost? In the last few years, First Lady Michelle Obama has worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make school lunches healthier. In 2011, Neal McCluskey argued that, though well-intentioned, the changes would result in more wasted food, higher costs, and major implementation challenges. Show More Summary
Ilya Shapiro Last month, Cato filed a brief in the D.C. Circuit case of Halbig v. Sebelius, supporting a challenge to the IRS’s unilateral and unauthorized decision to extend tax credits to individuals who purchased health insurance from exchanges that were not established by their state. Show More Summary
Jim Harper The Supreme Court is gradually coming to terms with the effect information technology is having on the Fourth Amendment. In 2001, the Kyllo court curtailed the use of high-tech devices for searching homes. In its early 2012 decision in United States v. Show More Summary
The Senate spent last night—all night—focusing attention on climate change and the need for new legislation. As The Hill reports, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used the opportunity to attack the Koch brothers: “It’s time to stop acting like those who ignore this crisis — the oil baron Koch brothers and their allies in Congress […]
The announcement of the new, new SAT has created a lot of hand-wringing about SAT scores and their correlations with income and also race. Wonkblog, the New York Times and many others all feature a table or chart showing how SAT scores increase with income. Wonkblog says these charts “show how the SAT favors rich, educated families,” […]
The pork industry in China accounts for 65 percent of domestic meat consumption, but also produces 1.29 billion metric tons of waste every year. China’s growing appetite for meat has put tremendous pressure on the livestock sector, which now produces three times more waste than industrial sources, and created a series of environmental and food […]
There was a brief symposium, here are the results: Larry Summers President Emeritus of Harvard University, Former Chief Economist of the World Bank My sense is that cap and trade is not the route to the future. It did not make it politically in the US at a moment of great opportunity in 2009. And […]
Scott Sumner reports: So the Texas oil boom was quite recent, beginning about 2010. Now let’s look at the population growth figures before and after the recent boom: 2005-06: 2.55% 2006-07: 2.01% 2007-08: 2.02% 2008-09: 2.02% 2009-10: 1.85% 2010-11: 1.62% 2011-12: 1.52% 2012-13: 1.50% Where is all the population growth from fracking? And this: Texas’s […]
K. William Watson As U.S. policymakers develop their response to the Russian incursion into Ukraine, it seems quite likely that some form of sanctions will be employed. But sanctions are always harmful to innocents and never particularly effective. Show More Summary
Neal McCluskey Working on education every day, you get used to your subject rarely making major national news, probably because the troubles are constant and sudden crises rare. But change the SAT – once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test – and all heck breaks loose. Show More Summary
Trevor Burrus Today, in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, the Supreme Court rebuked another attempt by the Obama administration to adopt a novel and extreme litigating position that was contrary to well-established precedent. Show More Summary
Dalibor Rohac Even when one tries to ignore the current developments in the East of the country, Ukraine is in a pickle. With one of the lowest incomes per capita among the transitional economies of Eastern Europe, rampant corruption,...Show More Summary
Walter Olson …the U.S. Supreme Court handed down what was to become one of its most celebrated tort reform decisions. A profitable national manufacturer had been sued in a distant rural state in which it was decidedly unpopular, resulting in a runaway jury verdict which it sought to challenge on appeal. Show More Summary
1. Is internal devaluation boosting Greek exports much? 2. In praise of the London Review of Books. And updated economics on the NYT paywall. 3. The NIH is culling the number of labs it supports. 4. Mega-list of links with advice for economists and students of economics, at various stages of their careers. 5. The […]
Japan’s economy grew by 0.7% in 2013, down from an initial estimate of 1%. …Japan’s trade gap also rose to a new record last month, increasing by 71% to 2.79tn yen in January, official figures showed. There is more here, via R. Lopez. For background and context, see Edward Hugh’s recent post.
Walter Olson Many public schooling advocates chafe at our constitutional tradition that public moneys be appropriated only at the behest of voters or their elected lawmakers, since it means school budgets often wind up getting rejected, trimmed, or balanced off against other budgetary priorities. Show More Summary