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The best book I read this year

It is My Struggle: Book 2: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard. I am far from alone. Rachel Cusk at The Guardian says it “deserves to be called perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times.”  Tyler Cowen calls it “the equal … Continue reading ? The post The best book I read this year appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Are anthropologists better than you think?”

The question is asked by Tyler Cowen. A part of his response: Many economists like to dump on their fellow social scientists, and personally I find that reading anthropology is often quite uninspiring.  That said, I would like to say a … Continue reading ? The post “Are anthropologists better than you think?” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can Technology Help Fight Income Inequality?

George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen talks about a future that extends a growing employment category, “namely workers who team up with smart robots that require human assistance.”

Keynesian Cassandras? The Sequester Re-Assessed

Tyler Cowen’s anti-Keynesian manifesto has been ably discussed by Professor Simon Wren-Lewis at Mainly Macro. I thought what merited additional attention is Professor Cowen’s first assertion: 1. Keynesians predicted disaster following the American fiscal sequester, and the pace of the recovery accelerated. I don’t think of myself as a Keynesian (the material I teach in […]

Macroeconomics at George Mason University

I realize that Tyler Cowen is not the only economist who teaches macroeconomics at GWU but I don’t the other professors. I am worried about what the students are learning at GWU after reading two of Tyler’s recent blog posts. His comments...Show More Summary

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

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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

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