Econ 479

The Art of Writing, the Science of Economics

Economics and piracy

The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie may not be any good, but it’s a pleasure to see the sunk cost fallacy brought to bear on it in this excellent review

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May 26, 2017 at 3:32 am

Toiling on the river

Amazon.com is hiring economists. Have a look at the last requirement. Onward!

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May 14, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Pay your taxes, work hard

Or work hard, pay your taxes: Chef Anthony Bourdain’s secrets of success, such as success might be…

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March 21, 2017 at 12:38 am

A costly comma

I often make this note in your work:

Use commas to separate more than two members of a series: “Truth and justice” but “truth, justice, and fairness for all.” In most grammar references, this is called the serial comma.

There’s a reason for that, and the Supreme Court backs me up. Victory!

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March 17, 2017 at 2:25 am

On gender price discrimination

Is it fair to charge different prices to different genders? Does this open the door to other price discrimination? This piece examines an all too common phenomenon.

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February 28, 2017 at 12:26 am

Farewell, Kenneth Arrow

There were two people in the room who had won Nobel Prizes. They were the two people who, after everyone else was exhausted and heading home, talked on and on into the evening about the subject they loved. I learned that night about my uncles—about their passion for ideas and about the importance and excitement of what scholars do.

An affectionate portrait by Lawrence Summers. (Behind the WSJ paywall, but you’re all subscribers, no?)

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February 25, 2017 at 2:55 am

Follow the money

The question is: How much do members of other age cohorts make?

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February 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm