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Business In A Highly Specialized Economy

Our economy is highly specialized, with trade enabling us to consumer many products that we do not make. Business leaders should understand the extreme specialization of the modern economy, a point made by Arnold Kling in his new book, Specialization and Trade: A Re-Introduction to Economics, which I reviewed recently. Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. Arnold Kling on Cass Sunstein and books to change people’s minds. 2. “Methodological terrorism“?  With a significant cameo by Andrew Gelman. 3. Dan Wang on Melancholy. 4. “A 2015 analysis published in The BMJ found 727 potential references...Show More Summary

Specialization And Trade: The Key To Economic Prosperity

Specialization and trade are the key to economic prosperity argues Arnold Kling in an important new book, Specialization and Trade: A Re-Introduction to Economics. Kling has important insights about the overall economy, about business operations in a specialized economy, and about public policy. The importance of specialization was well known to [...]

August 31 roundup

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“If you want lifetime employment, go into compliance.” [Daniel Yergin, WSJ via Arnold Kling] A Supreme Court with new Clinton nominees likely to spell bad news for business in arbitration, class actions, employment/labor, environmental...Show More Summary

The new "voodoo"

(August 15, 2016 05:54 PM, by Scott Sumner) Here is Arnold Kling: John Cochrane writes, Economics is a work in progress. But it is certainly brand-new, made-up-on-the spot economics, designed to buttress policies decided on for other reasons. He is describing the economic analysis that claims that policies... (3 COMMENTS)

Sunday assorted links

1. Might Canada eliminate barriers to cross-provincial trade? 2. Dani Rodrik on Gulenists and the coup. 3. Daniel Drezner on the decay of democracy. 4. Arnold Kling on the great regulation. 5. Superb Rod Dreher and J.D. Vance exchange on the “Tribune of Poor White People.” The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Friday assorted links

1. Ethereum’s hard bailout (and they said this could never happen). 2. What if we designed humans to be safe from car crashes? 3. A Turkey analysis suggesting it was not mainly a Gulen-connected event. 4. Arnold Kling comments on my talk at the Hudson Institute. Show More Summary

Specialization and Trade

Arnold Kling —the economist, teacher, blogger, and polymath—has a way of cutting through layers of conventional assumptions and laying bare complex realities. He is so adept at doing that, it seems to me, because he doesn’t expect to...Show More Summary

Specialization and Trade: A Re-introduction to Economics

That is the new Arnold Kling book, I very much liked the earlier draft I read.  Think of it as Fischer Black macro for 2016.  Here is Arnold: The main point of the book is that you need to keep in mind the overwhelming complexity of specialization in a modern economy. Show More Summary

ARNOLD KLING ON THE ERA OF EXPERT FAILURE: I have faith in experts. Every time I go to the store, I…

ARNOLD KLING ON THE ERA OF EXPERT FAILURE: I have faith in experts. Every time I go to the store, I am showing faith in the experts who design, manufacture, and ship products. Every time I use the services of an accountant, an attorney, or a dentist, I am showing faith in their expertise. Every […]

Culture Change and Chasing Tails, by Amy Willis

EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed back one of our favorites this week, Arnold Kling. to talk about his forthcoming book, Specialization and Trade: A Reintroduction to Economics. Kling argues that with its reliance on aggregate models, economics today has lost sight of its most important insight, dating back to Adam Smith. Show More Summary

Banking and finance roundup

6 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Why We Could not Bail Out Mortgage Borrowers” [Arnold Kling] Here come the Wall Street pay clawback rules [John Carney/WSJ MoneyBeat Blog, more, yet more] Jesse Fried on “Rationalizing the Dodd-Frank Clawback” [SSRN via Bainbridge]Show More Summary

Arnold Kling on Specialization and Trade

Arnold Kling, economist and author, speaks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, Specialization and Trade: A Reintroduction to Economics. Kling argues that macroeconomics ignores the challenges of buyers and sellers working together in the real world of specialization and trade. Show More Summary

Environment roundup

6 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Richard Pipes: “Private Property Sets the Boundary of the State” [Istituto Bruno Leoni video via Arnold Kling and Alberto Mingardi; my 1999 review of Pipes on property] “‘Housing is a human right,’ says [L.A.] group founded for the sole...Show More Summary

Milton Friedman on Segregation

(April 14, 2016 02:35 PM, by David Henderson) Former co-blogger Arnold Kling writes: Barry Goldwater and Milton Friedman (at least if I remember correctly the relevant passages in Capitalism and Freedom) were against Federal intervention to protect African-Americans from segregation, even segregation imposed by state and local governments.... (0 COMMENTS)

Does Contract Enforcement Require Government as a Backstop?

(January 12, 2016 04:59 PM, by David Henderson) Recently, Arnold Kling has been arguing that even when contract enforcement is totally private, it requires government as a backstop. He wrote: Taking existing institutions as an existence proof for the feasibility of an-cap is not a valid argument. The... (0 COMMENTS)

Friday links: unimpeachable data

Book recommendation: Arnold Kling, “Overall, the reader of Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe comes away with...

Monday links: strong opinions lightly held

Book list: The best books of year from Arnold Kling including Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us...

Friday assorted links

1. Arnold Kling’s books of the year.  And Scott Sumner outlines his forthcoming book on the Great Depression. 2. “Arguably the least appreciated resource for Islamic State is its fertile farms.” (noisy video at that link, sorry, but the content is interesting) 3. Historical estimates of Chinese gdp.  And where in the world is the […]

Hard to do large clinical trials

That is the title of an Arnold Kling blog post, it runs like this (I am not adding an extra layer of indentation): “With this: Speaking this week at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Editas CEO Katrine Bosley said the company hopes to start a clinical trial in 2017 to treat a rare form […]

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