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Is Every Travel Day About to Become Like Thanksgiving Travel?

Via Tyler Cowen, the ‘Thanksgiving rush’ is something that many airports already experience at least one day a week, and some major airports regularly experience twice every week. According to the group’s analysis, a true “Thanksgiving...Show More Summary

How important is the US-China climate deal?

There's a lot of talk in the media about how groundbreaking and ambitious the US-China climate deal is, but is that true? Here's how American economist Tyler Cowen (a conservative, but a mainstream figure and certainly not a 'denialist')...Show More Summary

Best Nonfiction of 2014?

At Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen gives his list of the best nonfiction books of 2014. The post also has a link to his list of the best fiction of 2014. Two books [both came out before 2014] which I've recently started and am enjoying: Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz

Why America can't have small government (and China can)

(November 25, 2014 07:00 AM, by Scott Sumner) David Henderson and Tyler Cowen have linked to an interesting interview with Jean Tirole, the newest Nobel laureate in economics: "We haven't succeeded in France to undertake the labour market reforms that are similar to those in Germany, Scandinavia and... (0 COMMENTS)

Zycher on Gruber

(November 23, 2014 12:03 PM, by David Henderson) When L'Affaire Gruber began two weeks ago, Tyler Cowen challenged us to stick to discussing Gruber's economics rather than his personal failings. I took up the challenge here, pointing out that Gruber's willingness to mislead could explain what looked like... (0 COMMENTS)

New Essays in Cato Online Forum on Growth

Brink Lindsey Here are the latest entries in the Cato Institute’s online forum on reviving growth (see here for some more background about the forum): 1. Tyler Cowen contends that foreign policy can have a major impact on long-term growth. 2. Show More Summary

Gruberism And Our Democracy

In general, I tend to agree with Tyler Cowen that off-the-cuff remarks by academics at conferences should not be vulnerable to political use and abuse. We need spaces where we can riff and think out loud without being held responsible for every phrase. But then again, this is 2014, where nothing anyone has ever said […]

Love’s Labor Win?

Tyler Cowen highlights a paper that suggests union membership is a boon to marriage. From the paper’s abstract: Over the past five decades, marriage has changed dramatically, as young people began marrying later or never getting married at all. Scholars have shown how this decline is less a result of changing cultural definitions of marriage, […]

The problem of population

(November 9, 2014 02:39 PM, by Scott Sumner) Tyler Cowen has a column in the New York Times that discusses the issue of population. I mostly agree with his policy recommendations, but what interests me is the underlying assumptions. What is the optimal global population? What is the... (0 COMMENTS)

BCG Sees Robots Growing 10.4% To 2025

2 weeks agoOdd : FuturePundit

Like generals who prepare to fight the last war some economists are trying to encourage us to fight old demographic battles. Tyler Cowen and Robin Hanson, you are fighting the last war while the new one takes shape: 10.4% CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) says a Boston Consulting Group report. Show More Summary

The It's Hard to Get Good Help Crowd Promotes Population Growth

Tyler Cowen is worried that rich countries won't have enough people to do the work. This concern seems more than a bit off the mark given that almost every rich country continues to have large numbers of unemployed and underemployed workers, but I suppose pondering this question can at least create some jobs for economists. Show More Summary

Supply and demand-side stagnation

(October 30, 2014 11:44 AM, by Scott Sumner) Tyler Cowen often has posts entitled "A very good sentence." Here Tyler dishes up one of his own: Yes, it is a big mistake to assume Say's Law always holds but it is an even bigger mistake to think it... (0 COMMENTS)

2 on chess

Is it really “often easier to win a rematch than to defend a championship”? The quoted bit above comes from Tyler Cowen, writing about the Anand/Carlsen world championship rematch. I’m still not used to the idea of a new world championship match every year but I guess why not? Anyway, here’s my question. Show More Summary

Tyler Cowen on exports

Tyler Cowen has a wonderful new post pointing out that all countries can increase their exports at the same time, and this may boost global output.  I’m going to try to make it even wonderfuler (is that a German word?) [Update: When I say "exports" I mean "exports", not "exports minus imports" (a category no […]

Are People Too Dismissive of Others’ Arguments or Not Dismissive Enough?

Economist Tyler Cowen argues that people too readily dismiss others’ arguments: One of the most common fallacies in the economics blogosphere — and elsewhere — is what I call “devalue and dismiss.” That is, a writer will come up with some critique of another argument, let us call that argument X, and then dismiss that argument altogether. Show More Summary

The difference economists have made

2 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

"Who will win the next Nobel Prize in economics?"

Tyler Cowen: I am predicting William J. Baumol, possibly with William G. Bowen, for work on the cost-disease. As you probably know, this hypothesis suggested that the costs of education and health care would continue to rise in relative terms, thereby creating significant economic problems. Not a bad prediction for...

"My favorite things Kentucky"

Tyler Cowen: 1. Popular music: The Everly Brothers, I recommend this song. There is also Loretta Lynn and Dwight Yoakum and Merle Travis, I like this video. In jazz there is Lionel Hampton. 2. Visual artist: Edgar Tolson, that image is not fully safe for work. John James Audobon worked...

When regulators are all out to déjeuner

Just because a problem exists does not mean that a new regulation will solve it “Each time I visit the city the food gets worse and worse.” Tyler Cowen, economics professor, foodie and author of An Economist Gets Lunch, despairs of Paris. Cowen isn’t the only person to lament the state of French cuisine. This […]

Friday assorted links

1. Is software outpacing hardware?  A chess experiment pitting a smart phone against a desktop. 2. Guide to Aphex Twin (the new release is quite good). 3. Wimps. 4. “In Average Is Over, George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen delivers good news and bad news with nearly equal enthusiasm.” Joseph Stromberg has a good review. […]

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