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See You At ISFLC 2017

(February 17, 2017 09:57 AM, by Bryan Caplan) Team Caplan is once again attending ISFLC. I'll be in two official events.Event #1: UBI Debate with Will Wilkinson, 3:30-4:30 PM on Saturday.Event #2: Ask Me Anything, 5:00-5:45 on Saturday.If you want to meet up sometime during the conference, email... (0 COMMENTS)

When the IMF Evaluates the IMF

A recap of where the IMF admits that it screwed up. Also points out how the IMF overlooked a core methodology prone to errors and gaming.

Replacing Wenger

Should Arsene Wenger go? If so who should replace him? In considering these questions we must remember three important economic principles. One is that in hiring someone what matters is putting round pegs into round holes. Productivity often results not...

Procrastinating on February 17, 2017

Over at [Equitable Growth]( Must- and Should-Reads: Heather Boushey: _[Americans’ feelings about the U.S. economy make sense | Equitable Growth][]_ Nisha Chikhale: _[Are shocks to U.S. firm performance transmitted...Show More Summary

Message to enviros: chill on the carbon tax (and don't dismiss cap-and-trade so easily)

Charles Komanoff (of the Carbon Tax Center) at The Nation: Carbon-tax haters can relax. The proposal for a national carbon tax released on February 8 by high-level Republicans, including über-GOP consigliere James Baker, isn’t going anywhere. Financially and ideologically, the American right is wedded to carbon fuels. Trumpism runs on...

1,200 feet down in a salt mine, praying for snow

Workers in a labyrinthine mine in upstate New York can earn more than $80,000 a year -- if winter is harsh enough

Phoenix Real Estate in January: Sales up 16%, Inventory down 8%

This is a key housing market to follow since Phoenix saw a large bubble and bust, followed by strong investor buying.The Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) reports (table below):1) Overall sales in January were up 15.9% year-over-year. Show More Summary

Kraft Heinz offers to buy Unilever

Merger of food and personal care giants would combine makers of consumer brands including Oscar Mayer and Lipton

Rutgers job fair dress code: Not quite color-blind

The university’s B-school apologizes after turning away students who wore suits in a shade of blue

Wearing White: What Resistance Looks Like in America’s Heartland

A labor struggle in South Bend as a window into unions' ongoing resistance to corporate greed.

Paul Ryan Has a Plan to Take Away Insurance from Tens of Millions of People

Hey, no one said Speaker Ryan wasn't a smart guy. (Actually, many people have, but whatever.) Anyhow the Republicans have published an outline of their proposal for an Obamacare replacement. It seems designed to ensure that tens of millions...Show More Summary

Most Americans are hourly workers

But some hourly jobs have more qualities that appeal to workers, such as speed of hiring, pay and career advancement

Scary Health Care Cost Projections: They Aren't New

The Washington Post warned readers that health care costs were about to start rising sharply again in an article reporting new projections from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS). While there is definitely a risk that...Show More Summary

9 businesses President Trump has helped -- and hurt

However, the positive or negative effects aren't always exactly what he was hoping for

Will investors be eager to snap up shares of Snap?

The popular messaging service is on track for the biggest tech IPO in years -- and eventually it may turn a profit

Paul Krugman: The Silence of the Hacks

The truth is out there: The Silence of the Hacks, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: The story so far: A foreign dictator intervened on behalf of a U.S. presidential candidate — and that candidate won. Close associates of the new...

Grantham: ‘Twas Capitalism That Killed Capitalism

How capitalism became disconnected from social good, leading to hope for a "strong leader" will take on the rich and powerful.

Gaius Publius: Field Notes from the Battle Within the Democratic Party

Needless to say, the real war within the Democratic party is about who gets to feed at the trough.

When the IMF evaluates the IMF

The IMF has just released its self-evaluation of its Greek lending, in which it admits to many mistakes. This column and argues that the report misses one important error – reliance on the Debt Sustainability Analysis – but notes that the IMF’s candour should be a model for the other participants in the lending, namely, the European Commission and the ECB.

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