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Humor at the ASSA

I will miss the ASSA meetings this year. But I want to give a shout out to the AEA Humor Session. It will be on Monday January 4, 2016, from 8 to 9:30 pm in room "Imperial A" of the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. The humor session is one of the only parts of the American Economic Association annual meeting that is free and open to the public!

Pigou Club News

Back in September I wrote a column about the effort in Washington state to enact a carbon tax. Interested readers can learn how things are going there by reading this post by my friend Yoram Bauman.

The High Cost of Higher Ed

Click here to read my column in Sunday's New York Times.

Elmendorf Unleashed

Brookings has released twelve short videos of Doug Elmendorf, former CBO director and incoming Kennedy School dean, answering key questions about economic policy.

Job Losses and the Minimum Wage

David Neumark has a nice piece in the Wall Street Journal about the minimum wage.

"the Saudi Arabia of maple syrup"

A former student send along this amusing story about Quebec's cartelization of the maple syrup market.

Understanding Trump

This passage from Ross Douthat caught my eye: Writing for Slate last week, Jamelle Bouie argued that Trumpism, however ideologically inchoate, manifests at least seven of the hallmarks of fascism identified by the Italian polymath Umberto Eco. Show More Summary

Sad News from Harvard Square

Yenching Shutters Doors After 40 Years.I have been a patron of this restaurant since I arrived in Cambridge as a student in 1980 and, over the years. have taken hundreds of students here for lunch. For me, this is the end of a era.

Grad School Recommendations

Here is a guest post from NYU economist David Backus. I should probably get over this, but I just went through something like the following twenty times: Click on link in email. If you failed to log out the previous time, you need to close your browser and start again. Show More Summary

A Reading for the Pigou Club

Toward a Pigouvian State by Jonathan Masur and Eric Posner in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Debating Introductory Econ

Noah Smith takes the standard course to task. David Henderson says, not so fast.

Expunge Woodrow?

I have been following the debate at my alma mater about Woodrow Wilson. Here are two good pieces for and against removing his name from its current place of prominence.

Regulatory Complexity

I enjoyed reading these remarks from University of Chicago economist Steve Davis. The chart below, taken from Davis, is particularly striking.

What I've been watching

A student recommended to me the direct-to-Netflix TV show Narcos. It is a docudrama about the Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. I just finished the first season of ten episodes, and it is indeed very good.Next up: The direct-to-Amazon show The Man in the High Castle, which will be released shortly.

Obamacare as Redistribution

When students ask me about the Affordable Care Act, I often say that the policy was motivated as much by the desire to redistribute income as it was to reform the health care system. I recently ran across the following chart from Brookings economists Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless that shows the degree of redistribution that the act entails.

Where I'll be this week

On Friday I will be speaking at this Economics Teaching Conference.

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