Productivity Killing American Economy?

Derek Thompson argues that “the real reason Americans fell so squeezed” is our obsession with productivity.

Do Earthquakes Stimulate the Economy?

Either a bunch of bloggers or one of the world’s smartest economists doesn’t understand economics.

Health Care Costs And The Third-Party Payer Problem

How insurance makes health care more expensive

Nobel Prize Economist Not Qualified For Fed Board?

Is Peter Diamond qualified to be a Fed governor?

Mitt Romney Tries To Thread The ObamaCare/RomneyCare Needle

Mitt Romney began his effort to confront what is likely to be his biggest political liability in the 2012 campaign.

Explaining the NYT Paywall

Philip Greenspun wonders, “How did the New York Times manage to spend $40 million on its pay wall?”

ROTC Returning to Ivies

The repeal of DADT may open the doors for ROTC to return to many elite institutions, if cost doesn’t get in the way.

Are The Ivies Too Small?

America’s elite universities have proportionately fewer slots than their English and French counterparts. Does it matter?

Social Network Omissions Reveal More Than You Think

Your Tweets, Facebook wall posts, and FourSquare announcements obviously provide a lot of insights into your life. But so does what you’re not posting.

TED Talks: Online Ivy League?

An essay claiming that the TED talks are “the new Harvard” is gaining some traction from a lot of people who ought know better.

Meritocracy’s Limits

America may be the land of opportunity but it helps to have a head start in the rat race.

Updates on Iran