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Government Innumeracy

(February 1, 2018 04:23 PM, by David Henderson) This week we've seen a striking example of government innumeracy that has a good chance of badly affecting government policy. The Food and Drug Administration wants manufacturers to package their medications in smaller quantities, such as eight tablets per package.... (0 COMMENTS)

Further thoughts on Friedman's Presidential address

(February 1, 2018 02:55 AM, by Scott Sumner) A few weeks back I did a couple posts (here and here) on Friedman's highly influential AEA Presidential address, which was delivered 50 years ago. Today, I'll make a few more observations. This is from the very first page: In... (0 COMMENTS)

Merton Miller Was Principled on Principal and Interest

(January 31, 2018 08:52 PM, by David Henderson) A friend of mine was reminiscing Sunday about Dennis Peron, a friend of his who died last week. My friend told me how he managed to get a whole bunch of people in San Francisco informed about Peron's upcoming... (0 COMMENTS)

A Bad Solution to Very Real Problems

(January 31, 2018 04:28 PM, by Contributing Guest) by Pierre Lemiuex The Great Depression brought the failure of thousands of banks in the United States, and none in Canada. Comparing Canada and the United States suggests that there was something deeply wrong with the American banking system. But... (0 COMMENTS)

Henderson versus Caplan on Responding to Bored Students

(January 31, 2018 03:21 PM, by David Henderson) In his interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, co-blogger Bryan Caplan stated: In order to make my subject relevant, I would actually have to learn a lot about the occupations the students are doing and just teach, really, a... (0 COMMENTS)

Paul Peterson on Compulsory Schooling and His Best Teacher

(January 30, 2018 07:22 PM, by David Henderson) One of my more-delightful colleagues at the Hoover Institution (there are actually many to choose from) is Paul Peterson, the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He's also Senior Editor of Education Next. I was up... (0 COMMENTS)

What My University President Says

(January 30, 2018 03:39 PM, by Bryan Caplan) I'm fortunate to be at a school where the university president puts scholarship over politics.As far as critiques of our education system go, my colleague @bryan_caplan's is pretty good (even if still fundamentally flawed) Ángel Cabrera (@CabreraAngel) January 30,... (0 COMMENTS)

My Cato Talk

(January 30, 2018 12:00 AM, by Bryan Caplan) Tomorrow I'm speaking at the Cato Institute on my new book. Kevin Carey, author of The End of College, comments. You can live stream it, but I hope to see you there!... (0 COMMENTS)

My Interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education

(January 30, 2018 01:51 PM, by Bryan Caplan) When the typical professor deals with the media, he has a litany of complaints. "They're not accurate!" "They're not fair!" "They made me look stupid!" My experience is precisely the opposite. Virtually everyone in the media treats me well. Case... (0 COMMENTS)

Free the Jesuit Slaves!

(January 30, 2018 02:01 AM, by David Henderson) Much of the confusion prevailing in the historical study of liberalism can be traced to John Stuart Mill, who occupies a vastly inflated position in the conception of liberalism entertained by English-speaking peoples.1 This "saint of rationalism" is responsible for... (1 COMMENTS)

A dilemma for libertarians: Should central banks be strong or weak?

(January 29, 2018 03:58 PM, by Scott Sumner) Over at TheMoneyIllusion I have a post looking at the Fed's ability to engage in policies such as QE and negative interest on reserves. What are the limits to the Fed's ability to do these policies, and should there be... (9 COMMENTS)

Confessions of a Voc-Tech Teacher

(January 29, 2018 01:28 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Email from a reader, who asked to remain anonymous... My name is [redacted] and I'm in my 3rd decade of teaching vocational education or Career Technical Education (CTE) in [redacted] CA. I was very pleased to hear about your position... (3 COMMENTS)

Henderson Interview with John Batchelor and Larry Kudlow

(January 24, 2018 08:55 PM, by David Henderson) I was interviewed live last night, my favorite kind of interview, by John Batchelor and Larry Kudlow. Here's the link. What led to the interview was this blog post.... (0 COMMENTS)

Huemer on Ultra-Ineffective Altruism

(January 24, 2018 04:36 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Mike Huemer, my favorite philosopher, has two great pieces on a recent $75M donation to the Johns Hopkins Philosophy Department. They deserve a wider audience, so I'm posting them here with his permission.Post #1: The StimulusI see that Bill Miller... (0 COMMENTS)

Alternative Monetary University

(January 24, 2018 02:35 PM, by Scott Sumner) I'm pleased to announce that I'll be teaching in a four day program called "Alternative Monetary University", organized by George Selgin. The program will take place July 15-18 at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, and George provides some information... (0 COMMENTS)

Hope for Italy? Well, hope never dies...

(January 24, 2018 12:44 PM, by Alberto Mingardi) David has kindly linked into a new post by Alvin Rabushka on the possible adoption of a flat tax in Italy after the next elections. Rabushka travels the world promoting flatter taxes, and I can understand why he's happy with... (0 COMMENTS)

Tomorrow's Events

(January 24, 2018 10:50 AM, by Bryan Caplan) Two big Case Against Education events tomorrow:1. I'm doing a full-hour interview with Glenn Beck. Please tune in!2. I'm speaking at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Hope to see you there!... (0 COMMENTS)

Right to Work Works

(January 23, 2018 08:54 PM, by David Henderson) Labor unions play a central role in the Democratic party coalition, providing candidates with voters, volunteers, and contributions, as well as lobbying policymakers. Has the sustained decline of organized labor hurt Democrats in elections and shifted public policy? We use... (0 COMMENTS)

We're Number 11, We're Number 11!

(January 23, 2018 04:44 PM, by David Henderson) In "Top 100 Economics Blogs And Websites For Economists," EconLog is ranked #11 out of the 100 blogs and websites listed. I'm not sure how they came up with the ranking, but notice that we're only 2 positions below Marginal... (0 COMMENTS)

A Deal on Immigration is Most Unwise

(January 23, 2018 02:44 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Last week, Will Wilkinson published a piece in the New York Times on the political strategy of immigration. While Will assumes a moderate persona, he's long been in favor of large increases in immigration. In terms of ultimate goals, then,... (0 COMMENTS)

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