Blog Profile / Greg Mankiw's Blog

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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Grading in Ec 10

An instructor in introductory economics asks: I have a question that may be of interest to the students and faculty who read your blog. In searching the archives of your blog, I did not see a blog post on the following: How do you assess and evaluate those students? I have a colleague who administers only one assessment - a final. Show More Summary

Follow or Break the Rule?

Lars Christensen plots a version of the Taylor rule I proposed some years ago (published here). I suggested this rule as an approximate description of Alan Greenspan's monetary policy in the 1990s. Here is the plot: Click on graphicShow More Summary

The Case for Civility

Noah Smith puts it well: most of our arguments are over things like Obamacare, or antipoverty programs, or financial regulation-- issues on which reasonable people can and do disagree. If you’re uncivil in this sort of situation -- if...Show More Summary

Just for Fun

A friend sends the following puzzle. Find the X that fits in this sequence: 16 06 68 88 X 98 For those who don't get it, I will post a hint in a few days.

On Education

I much enjoyed this article by Steven Pinker. An excerpt: It seems to me that educated people should know something about the 13-billion-year prehistory of our species and the basic laws governing the physical and living world, including our bodies and brains. Show More Summary

25 Brightest Young Economists

Here is a list. By the way, six are at Harvard, more than any other school.

News from Amazon

Source To users of my favorite textbooks: Thank you! Have a great semester.

Teaching Conference

I will be speaking at the annual conference of the National Economics Teaching Association, which this year is being held on Thursday, November 6th and Friday, November 7th, 2014 in San Diego, CA. If you want to consider attending, click here for more information. You can potentially win a free trip to the conference, as well as some cash, by entering this contest.

Eric Posner and Glen Weyl on Piketty

In The New Republic. A tidbit: Only very extreme scenarios, where every wealthy individual does all of the following at the same time can lead to the sort of explosive inequality dynamics Piketty fears: Marries someone at least as wealthy or bequeaths all wealth to one child. Show More Summary

Wisdom from Thomas Sowell

Larry Kotlikoff's comment on Paul Krugman's debating style in my previous post reminded me of an email I received earlier this summer: Hi Professor Mankiw, I'm an entering graduate student at [withheld] and a long-time reader (reading your blog when I was in high school introduced me to and got me interested in economics). Show More Summary

A Plea for Civility

From Larry Kotlikoff. A noble effort that is likely to be in vain.

Some ACA Readings

Kate Ho and Ariel Pakes Chuck Blahaus James Capretta

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