TYLER COWEN: A bit of context on Trump, NATO, and Germany.
Tyler Cowen has a Q & A with Jhumpa Lahiri on writing, translation, and crossing between cultures. The two most recent Lahiri titles -- both translated from the Italian -- are under review at the complete review : In Other Words and The Clothing of Books.
(December 31, 2016 02:14 PM, by Scott Sumner) Tyler Cowen recently linked to an interview of Gary Cohn, who will be Trump's top economic advisor: The Chinese have taken multidecade views on what they're doing. They built up their surplus capital account over many, many years. It is... (0 COMMENTS)
He is from Brown University, we met at a tacqueria, here is the interview, here is one bit from it, from me: Popular culture is not nearly pro-science enough…. It should be much higher status to be in science. This would boost the rate of innovation. Show More Summary
(December 28, 2016 01:54 PM, by David Henderson) Towards the end of his latest Bloomberg column, Tyler Cowen writes: It's well known in economics that when prices and opportunities change, it is the elastic factors of production (those that can change their plans readily) that gain the most,... (0 COMMENTS)
Tyler Cowen says that UCI professor Peter Navarro is "one of the most versatile and productive American economists of the last few decades." Matt Yglesias says Navarro is an idiot. Who's right? I think there's a category error here. Back in September, Navarro co-authored a paper about Donald Trump's trade policy. Show More Summary
Parents are more satisfied with their child’s learning environment when they choose it. Indeed, as economist Tyler Cowen put it recently, “the single most overwhelming (yet neglected) empirical fact” about educational choice programs...Show More Summary
Economist Tyler Cowen has some suggestions for how he thinks national arts policy in the United States could improve under a Trump Republican Congress. A futile hope? Here were Cowen's criteria: First, they must save the federal government money, to appeal to the Republican Congress. Second, they should stand a chance of appealing to Trump, […]
"Whatever problems you might have with the idea of a Trump administration, it opens up the prospect of a real improvement in American arts policy."
Tyler Cowen on school vouchers: Since Donald Trump has picked Betsy DeVos to be education secretary, many commentators have been pulling out their anti-school choice arguments from the closet, and for the most part it isn’t a pretty sight. To insist on a single government-run school and trash school choice, while out of the other side... Read more »
Book list: Tyler Cowen’s list of the best non-fiction of 2016 including: The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. (Marginal Revolution)
I see that on November 18--7 days before the fifth anniversary of his appearing as lead signatory of the right-wing Republican "Open Letter to Ben Bernnke--Cliff Asness spent 82 minutes talking to Tyler Cowen. The phrase "Federal Reserve" does not appear in the transcript. The phrase "quantitative easing" does not...
Tyler Cowen says there have been a lot of papers about the declining labor force participation of men, so it's about time we investigate the declining labor force participation of women. He recommends a paper by So Kubota, a job market candidate at Princeton. Unfortunately, I ran into a huge roadblock. Show More Summary
Tyler Cowen points out the strange position Paul Krugman find himself in: Having advocated stimulus spending during all of the Obama years, he now has to confront the possibility that Donald Trump will actually provide it (via tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and, I’d add, maybe defense spending too). Show More Summary
(November 18, 2016 01:07 PM, by David Henderson) In a post yesterday, Tyler Cowen writes, "Here is perspective from Larry Summers." Not here is a perspective from Larry Summers. Not here is Larry Summers's perspective. The implication is that Larry Summers has a good perspective. The issue? Trump.... (0 COMMENTS)
(November 15, 2016 12:41 PM, by Scott Sumner) Here's Tyler Cowen in Bloomberg: In Keynesian theory, fiscal policy only works well if you use it in down times and pay off the bill during a boom. Trump seems ready to do the opposite by upping spending as the... (0 COMMENTS)
Tyler Cowen points us this morning to a new paper by Enrich Cantoni that uses county-level administrative data from 1992 to 2014 to estimate the effect of voter ID laws. Here's the nut of it: In other words, voter ID laws of all kinds...Show More Summary
Tyler Cowen recently did a post with this title: Why has it taken so long for a China crash to arrive? Wrong question! Here are some good questions: 1. Why hasn’t China had a deep slump? (i.e. a depression, or at least Great Recession) 2. Why hasn’t China had a financial crisis? 3. Why hasn’t […]
Tyler Cowen: From Brad Plumer at Vox: “We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax,” Podesta apparently told Clinton adviser Jake Sullivan back in January 2015. “It all sucks.” There is further detail at that link. A quite remarkable David Roberts piece at Vox, worth reading in its entirety,...
Tyler Cowen linked to a Binyamin Appelbaum interview of Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren: Q. A number of the academics at this conference said they don’t think you should be trying to raise rates. What do you make of their hesitations? A. We haven’t hit 2 percent inflation for a while. Some of them have […]