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Book Review: The Rent is Too Damn High

Matt Yglesias‘s ebook, The Rent is Too Damn High  tells the story of how high housing costs are having profound negative impacts on our society. Yglesias explains how current attempts to deal with the issue are inadequate, and how restrictive zoning laws and regulations are severely restricting housing supply in America’s coastal cities and thus drive [...]
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Lies, Damn Lies, And Politics

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (5 years ago)

Springboarding off a post by Brendan Nyhan, Yglesias explains how Wilson's illegal immigrant lie could be twisted to be put in the highly misleading category: [T]hough the bills would prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving a... Read Post

The Paradox of Empty Storefronts

Politics : Megan McArdle: Asymmetrical Information (5 years ago)

Matt Yglesias asks an interesting question:  why don't markets clear in urban storefronts?  That is, why do properties sit empty when presumably any rent is better than no rent?He suggests there may be some regulatory problem, and I... Read Post

Happy International Women's Day. Unless You're Born Female in China.

Politics : Lawyers, Guns & Money (5 years ago)

The Economist has a damning article about son preference and female infanticide in East Asia, and the negative impacts on societies and regional stability as well as on girls. Heartening to see an important global gender issue make ... Read Post


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