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Long-Term Solutions to the Ukraine Crisis

Emma Ashford As I argued in a piece over at Forbes yesterday, western sanctions to roll back Russian action in Ukraine have been largely ineffectual. These sanctions - including asset freezes and visa bans – are ‘targeted’ at those suspected of having influence on Putin. Show More Summary

The Collection of Evidence for a Low Climate Sensitivity Continues to Grow

Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For...Show More Summary

Air Traffic Criticism

Chris Edwards Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and Germany appear to be doing a better job than America at embracing new technologies for air traffic control (ATC). Those countries have restructured their ATC systems as self-supporting...Show More Summary

FDA Doesn't Want E-Cigs Marketed as Safer Than Tobacco Cigarettes

Matthew Feeney In a forthcoming article in Regulation California Polytechnic State University economics professor Michael Marlow describes the negative effects on public health of the proposed regulation of e-cigarettes. The FDA proposes to expand its authority granted under of Section 911 of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Show More Summary

Joe McNamara, RIP

Tim Lynch Joe McNamara was a former police chief and scholar at the Hoover Institution. He was an outspoken critic of the drug war and devoted much of his time to converting people within the law enforcement community. Here is a talk...Show More Summary

“Big Data” is going to raise some awkward normative questions

From Joe Palazzolo at the WSJ: There is no research yet on whether the use of risk evaluations in sentencing has aggravated, for example, the gap between sentences for black and white men for similar crimes. Ms. Starr said the disparities created by risk measures are evident. “When it comes down to it, these assessments […]

Use Education to Transform China From Within

Doug Bandow BEIJING—China’s university system is growing. However, the People’s Republic of China still lags behind the U.S. and other Western nations. Chinese students increasingly are heading to America for higher education. While recently playing tourist in Beijing I spoke to a number of young Chinese. Show More Summary

Federal Prosecutorial Ethics

Tim Lynch Arkansas businessman, John Stacks, is about to stand trial in federal court. Mr. Stacks is attacking the charges and the conduct of the government agents. Prosecutors don’t like what he’s been saying and asked a judge to squelch their target’s ‘false allegations.’ From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [Sept. Show More Summary

Assorted links

1. Can you recognize robot handwriting? 2. Is Kansas turning moderate? 3. Robin Harding in the FT on shifting the tax burden to land.  It doesn’t always work so well. 4. College ranking by billionaire alumni. 5. The gains from provoking nerd fury. 6. Will the FAA let filmmakers operate drones?  It seems so.

Does New Zealand have the best-designed system of government in the world?

Dylan Matthews says yes.  He cites their mixed-member proportional representation, their unicameral legislature, and monarchy.  He left out the biggest advantage of New Zealand government — not very much federalism!  Admittedly, more populous countries cannot achieve that same outcome with equal ease. Show More Summary

Why should employers ever suspend workers?

Why not just fire them or cut their pay?  As you may know, ESPN just suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks. One possibility is that a fined but still active worker may continue to “shoot off his mouth” and thus increase the ongoing collateral damage.  (Simmons called the NFL commissioner a “liar” and I believe […]

Why so few Venice-like cities?

So asks Sam Wilson on Twitter.  You can parse this question a few different ways, but I take it to be about location theory and, indirectly, topology.  That is, why are there so few cities with multiple water connections between different independent nodes? First we might check the historical premise.  Stockholm used to be called […]

The robust demand for safe assets

Pan-national borrowers such as the European Investment Bank, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank have raised $219bn on global debt markets so far this year, the largest sum raised year to date since records began, according to data from Dealogic. From Elaine Moore at the FT, there is more here.   The world as a whole […]

Germany is pioneering commercial drone delivery (of life, not death)

Logistics firm DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to the German island of Juist, in what it says is the first time an unmanned aircraft has been authorized to deliver goods in Europe. The company, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Post, joins the likes of Amazon.com and Google in testing the potential for drones […]

Assorted links

1. Will it work for Norway to pay Liberia to stop deforestation?  Does the Coase theorem hold? 2. New York City food menus from one hundred years ago. 3. What does this Singaporean road sign mean?  Duh. 4. Those 538 guys missed what is actually the best taco (economies of scope). 5. How to best […]

Financial Crisis Lessons From Experimental Economics

Mark A. Calabria Economic scholarship tends to operate in silos. That is, banking scholars don’t talk to macroeconomists, etc. Sadly, this is even more so between finance, monetary and experimental economics. In his latest book, Rethinking...Show More Summary

School Choice Safe in Florida...for Now

Jason Bedrick Earlier this year, Florida’s largest teachers union filed a legal challenge to prevent the expansion of school choice. As I explained then: The Florida Education Association is suing the state of Florida to eliminate the...Show More Summary

We Shall Not Be Moved. Unless There's a Democrat in the White House.

David Boaz Dana Milbank reports in the Washington Post: The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them. As the president stood on the South Lawn to announce the bombing campaign in Syria, liberal demonstrators gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue on the other side of the White House to protest the man they thought was their ally…. “If George W. Show More Summary

Sentences to ponder

One broker reported that parents interested in living near their boarding-school children now represented over 30 percent of her business. There is more here.

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