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Doctoring Ain’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

The rat race of becoming a physician and maintaining one’s license is more intense than popularly understood.

G-7 Approves Corporate Tax Floor

A major first step to solving a longstanding global issue.

The Grim Reality

This isn’t likely to end any time soon.

Democratic Contender Websites

A deep dive into typography and naming choices.

Is There Room For Forgiveness And Redemption In The #MeToo Era?

Can society forgive the men caught up in the #MeToo movement? Is it even our place to decide?

The Incoherent Nature of Nancy MacLean’s Narrative

A Duke history professor uncovers “stealth plan” by “fifth columnists” who are seeking to overthrow democracy in the U.S. for their plutocrat masters.

Maybe The Economy Won’t Return To Normal

What if this is the new normal?

Gruber: Politics, Hypocrisy, and Stupidity, Oh My!

Because no one, ever, has ever questioned the intelligence of American voters in extemporaneous discussions of politics.

Is China Number One?

The USA’s 142-year streak as the world’s largest economy is ending.

The Ukrainian Situation: I Yam What I Yam

There are lots of different ways of looking at the situation in Ukraine—historical, game theoretical, and interpersonal perspectives.

Just Say No To The Platinum Coin

Minting a Platinum Coin would be a really bad idea.

Signs Of Trouble In The Chinese Economy

Signs are brewing that the Chinese economy is slowing down significantly.

The Brave New World Of Cyber Warfare

Are the Stuxnet and Flame attacks the opening shots in a dangerous new era of secret war?

All Facts Are Not Created Equal

Our psychological and cultural biases make evaluating information and arguments rationally next to impossible.

Two Blogospheres, Dated Research

Aaron Shaw and Yochai Benkler have an article in the current issue of American Behavioral Scientist titled “A Tale of Two Blogospheres : Discursive Practices on the Left and Right.”

Why iPhones Aren’t Made In America

It’s not just low wages that have kept technology manufacturing jobs out of the United States.

Rise Of The Machines

Finding a job gets harder when businesses discover they don’t need to hire as many people as they used to.

Government Fighting Back Against S&P?

Is S&P’s downgrade of the US bond rating “free speech” and thereby protected by the Constitution?

Milton Friedman v. Michael Moore on Pinto

Fascinating exchange from the late 1970s.

Responsible Governing v. Ideological Purity

What exactly is the GOP trying to accomplish in the debt ceiling negotiations?

Dutch to Outlaw Kosher and Halal Slaughter

The Netherlands is considering a new animal cruelty law that would effectively ban kosher and halal slaughter practices.

Nobel Prize Economist Not Qualified For Fed Board?

Is Peter Diamond qualified to be a Fed governor?

One of the Many Problems of the Health Care Debate

We need to stop talking as if the Medicare debate is a question of the Ryan Plan v. the Status Quo.

Tyler Cowen’s Productive Mind

A profile of George Mason economist and blogger Tyler Cowen offers this amusing description: “Cowen, 49, has round features, a hesitant posture, and an unconcerned haircut.”

DC Suburbs: Maryland vs. Virginia

How do the DC suburbs of Maryland and Virginia compare?

America’s Most Bizarre Taxes

American states and localities, desperate for new sources of revenue, concoct some creative ways to tax.


Income Inequality vs. Lifestyle Inequality

While the amount of wealth controlled by the top 1% is at record highs, real inequality is smaller than ever.

On the Wealth of Bankers

Tip Jars vs. Begging

Humorist David Sedaris says that he can get $500 a night in his tip jar “for candy” but the same people would probably give a beggar outside 75 cents.

Why Does USA Outspend G7 on Healthcare?

The US has always outspent our G7 brethren on healthcare but the divergence has skyrocketed over the last three decades.

Children and Power

You might not hear little kids say they want to be “powerful” when they grow up. But they sure as hell want power now.

Education and the Market

The value of education depends on what one means by “education.”

Those Overeducated Ethiopians

Bryan Caplan argues that the fact so many kids in the developing world don’t go to school proves that education isn’t very valuable.

Parking Space Economics

Free parking is a very inefficient use of land resources that wouldn’t exist without government mandates and subsidies. Is it time to end the practice?

Radioactive Boar Incidents on the Rise

German government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007.

Economists Can’t Define ‘Money’

Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today.

Blogger Personality and Word Choice

What can you learn about a blogger’s personality from his word choice?

Economics of Spongeworthiness: An Option Value Problem

A Princeton economist has devised a formula for a classic sitcom paradox.

Why Parents Hate Parenting

Parenting is hard work and kids are a giant pain. Is it worth it?


Great Teachers Myth