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How Readers React to Political News Stories They Don’t Like: By Ignoring Them

A study by researchers at Chartbeat suggests that news consumers gloss over news stories they might not want to know about.

What’s the matter with Seymour, Indiana?

[Commenters have complained about a lack of posts on monetary policy.  What specific issues do you want me to address?  Also, keep in mind that most of my monetary policy posts are over at Econlog.  Otherwise, Trump posts will continue until morale in the comment section improves.] For many years now, progressives have been asking […]

Bill Gates Wants to Undermine Donald Trump's Plans for Growing the Economy

Yes, as Un-American as that may sound, Bill Gates is proposing a tax that would undermine Donald Trump's efforts to speed the rate of economic growth. Gates wants to tax productivity growth (a.k.a. "automation) slowing down the rateShow More Summary

Economists making spectacularly bad forecasts, 1961 edition.

Back in the 1960s, the Ontario government's Department of Economics dutifully cranked out annual population forecasts. What is remarkable about these forecasts is how far wrong they were. The economists completely failed to predict the demographic changes that were about...

In search of a European solution for non-performing loans

European banks have not recovered from the Global Crisis, in part due to heavy provisions for non-performing loans. This column argues that a comprehensive approach to the issue in Europe could address market inefficiencies and reduce bad loans to bearable levels. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Lyndsey Gilpin: Cancer Rates Are Dropping—But Not In Rural Appalachia

Weekend Reading: Lyndsey Gilpin: _[Cancer Rates Are Dropping—But Not In Rural Appalachia | FiveThirtyEight][]_: "Just over a year ago, Natasha Lucas, an agent for the University of Kentucky’s Owsley County Extension Office... >...needed a local lung cancer survivor to speak at a popular annual cancer awareness event in Booneville, Kentucky....

Monday Night Futures

Weekend:• Schedule for Week of Feb 19, 2017• Post from 2005: Mortgage Debt and the "Recovery"• Demographics and GDPFrom CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: S&P futures are up 4, and DOW futures are up 29 (fair value). Oil prices were down slightly over the last week with WTI futures at $53.69 per barrel and Brent at $56.14 per barrel. Show More Summary

Bryan Caplan's Best Line and My Thoughts

(February 20, 2017 08:37 PM, by David Henderson) I was stuck at LAX for about 9 hours on Saturday after my wife's and my flight was cancelled. So we used our time to work and I used part of my time to watch on Facebook co-blogger Bryan's debate... (0 COMMENTS)

Kind CEO takes on food industry special interests

Daniel Lubetzky says his goal is to stop “biased science” from influencing nutrition policy

Let's Think Harder About the Role of Globalization in Wage Stagnation

Brad DeLong: Let's Think Harder About the Role of Globalization in Wage Stagnation: It's disturbing. As we face the probable abrogation of NAFTA, possible trade wars with China, Germany, and others, and the total cluster that is the Trump administration's...

The Term “Deep State” in Focus: Usage Examples, Definition, and Phrasebook

Definitions of "Deep State" compared and synthesized into a definition, with usage examples.

How a balance transfer affects your credit score

Transferring debt to a lower interest-rate credit card can help boost your credit -- if you go about it the right way

Monday Smackdown: Hoisted from the Archives: Levitt and Dubner's "Superfreakonomics": The Parable of Horseshit

Outsourced to: Elizabeth Kolbert: _[Hosed][]_: "One commentator predicted that by 1930 horse manure would reach the level of Manhattan’s third-story windows... [Hosed]: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/11/16/hosed >...Then, almost overnight, the crisis passed.... Show More Summary

Paul Krugman: On Economic Arrogance

Why do Republicans insist, contrary to the evidence, that tax cuts and deregulation will spur economic growth: On Economic Arrogance, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: According to press reports, the Trump administration is basing its budget projections on the assumption...

2017-02-21 Tu Highlighted Let's Think Harder About the Role of Globalization in Wage Stagnation

It's disturbing. As we face the probable abrogation of NAFTA, possible trade wars with China, Germany, and others, and the total cluster that is the Trump administration's policies (if any) toward NATO and Russia, a number of really smart and really well-intentioned people are, I think, making rhetorical--and in some...

Post from 2005: Mortgage Debt and the "Recovery"

Here are some excerpts from a post I wrote in February 2005 (hard to believe this was 12 years ago).Note: I think I've improved the graphs since then! From 2005:The following chart shows household mortgage debt as a % of GDP. Although mortgage debt has been increasing for years, the last four years have seen a tremendous increase in debt. Show More Summary

Twenty-First Century American Nationalism Needs to Be Profoundly Cosmopoiltan

It's disturbing. As we face the probable abrogation of NAFTA, possible trade wars with China, Germany, and others, and the total cluster that is the Trump administration's policies (if any) toward NATO and Russia, a number of really smart and really well-intentioned people are, I think, making rhetorical--and in some...

Why Libertarians Should Oppose the Universal Basic Income

(February 20, 2017 02:05 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Here's my opening statement for my Students for Liberty debate with Will Wilkinson. Enjoy. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE / Style Definitions / table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table...Show More Summary

The Effect of GFC on Italian Non-Performing Loans Overhang

in the absence of the two recessions – and of the economic policy decisions that were taken to combat their effects – non-financial corporations’ bad debts at the end of 2015 would have reached €52 billion, instead of €143 billion. The post The Effect of GFC on Italian Non-Performing Loans Overhang was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Will urban streets be test sites for self-driving cars?

Atlanta and other cities eye their avenues as real-world labs for driverless vehicles navigating actual traffic

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