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Did the North and South Converge?

(December 26, 2014 04:46 PM, by David Henderson) Former Econlog blogger Arnold Kling's latest post is titled "Why Did the South Not Converge?" In it, he quotes from a book by Ira Katznelson and goes on to suggest various factors behind the failure of per capita incomes in... (0 COMMENTS)

Monday links: rejecting information

Quote of the day Bill James, “Given an option to do so, all men prefer to reject information.”  (Arnold Kling) Chart of the day The […] The post Monday links: rejecting information appeared first on Abnormal Returns.

Tax Roundup, 11/3/14: Elections tomorrow; good riddance. And: $3,000 unmentionables!

Tomorrow is Election Day. Good Riddance.  Tomorrow ends the current Festival of Democracy. Because I share Arnold Kling’s view of election seasons as […]

A very good sentence (Arnold Kling policy theater)

Afterward, I found myself with a lot of negative feelings. The first act of the (short) tale can be found here.  Here is one bit: I asked Baily, as an expert on productivity statistics, whether he thought that any economist would claim to have a reliable measure of bank output. “Of course not,” he replied, […]

The difference economists have made

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Tyler Cowen and Arnold Kling salute the new Robert Litan book Trillion Dollar Economists, on how economists and their ideas have contributed to the world in practical ways ranging from auction design and financial innovation to telecommunications and prediction markets. Show More Summary

Should all public officials wear cameras?

Arnold Kling poses that question., and he writes: Suppose that when they meet with bankers, for example, Fed officials had to wear cameras and audio recorders, which could be obtained by FOIA requests. Or suppose that IRS officials had to wear cameras, for example, when they wrote emails or engaged in discussions about dealing with […]

Hiring Women and the Moral Inversion of Economics

In my post on why economics is detested I quoted Arnold Kling: The intention heuristic says that if the intentions of an act are selfless and well-meaning, then the act is good. If the intentions are self-interested, then it is not good. In contrast, economics evaluates an act not by its intentions but by its […]

Zeke Emmanuel on Optimal Life Expectancy

(September 23, 2014 02:03 PM, by David Henderson) Private Policy Like Arnold Kling, I found some of the information in Ezekiel Emanuel's article on aging troubling. But also, like health policy analyst Greg Scandlen, I found Ezekiel Emanuel troubling. I first saw reference to his article in a... (0 COMMENTS)

Tax Roundup, 9/19/14: Brutal Assault on Reason Season Edition. Arrggh!

Brutal Assault on Reason Season is underway. Elections depress me. Arnold Kling sums up my feelings: To me, political campaigns […]

A sentence to ponder

The average age to receive NIH research grants has gone from 38 in 1980 to 51 today. That is Ben McNeil, via Arnold Kling.

SO LOOKING IN THE ARCHIVES FOR STUFF ABOUT ROBERT FOGEL, I found this still-interesting interview by…

SO LOOKING IN THE ARCHIVES FOR STUFF ABOUT ROBERT FOGEL, I found this still-interesting interview by Arnold Kling.

Arnold Kling on Well-Being Over Time

(June 11, 2014 04:39 PM, by David Henderson) When I was a young assistant professor at the University of Rochester business school in the late 1970s, I had a picture on my desk of a cute dog saying, "I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better."... (0 COMMENTS)

Occupational licensure — in the New York Times

7 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“The right and left agree — too many occupations are overregulated” [Morris Kleiner, New York Times via Peter Van Doren, Cato; Arnold Kling] Tweet Tags: occupational licensure Occupational licensure — in the New York Times is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Does rigid mobility imply low tax elasticities?

In an excellent review essay on Greg Clark, Arnold Kling says maybe so: On the other hand, his findings argue against the need to create strong incentives to succeed. If some people are genetically oriented toward success, then they do not need lower tax rates to spur them on. Such people would be expected to […]

The Great Grandson Also Rises

(May 7, 2014 02:23 PM, by David Henderson) Our former co-blogger, Arnold Kling, has an excellent review on Econlib of Gregory Clark's latest book, The Son Also Rises. The review is titled "The Heritability of Social Status." You may have noticed that Clark, an economist historian at UC... (0 COMMENTS)

Tax Roundup, 5/7/14: How to keep from beating up the poor with high marginal rates? And: priorities!

Arnold Kling ponders solutions to the hidden high tax rates on the poor in SNEP Solution: Flexible Benefits and Extreme Catastrophic […]

"Capital" and "labour"

Most people, says Arnold Kling, are "labor-capitalists": Looking at the 21st-century economy through the filter of the Marxist categories of “capital” and “labor” is not particularly insightful. This is not a good era for either a plain coupon-clipper or an...

Answering Arnold's Challenge

(April 1, 2014 10:03 AM, by Bryan Caplan) Tyler publicizes a challenge from EconLog founder Arnold Kling:I still want to see an economist reconcile a belief in secular stagnation with a belief in Piketty's claim that the return on capital is going to exceed the growth rate of... (0 COMMENTS)

A good sentence

I still want to see an economist reconcile a belief in secular stagnation with a belief in Piketty’s claim that the return on capital is going to exceed the growth rate of the economy on a secular basis. That is from Arnold Kling.

“Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better”

9 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Yesterday Yale Law professor emeritus Peter Schuck visited Cato to discuss his new book, and Arnold Kling commented, with me moderating. More about the book and its arguments is here. Tweet Tags: Cato Institute, live in person, regulation...Show More Summary

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