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A useful social media meme that’s going around is worth holding in mind, and it concerns the difference between a million and a billion. A million seconds is a bit shy of 12 days. A billion seconds is a bit shy of 32 years. Scale!


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February 23, 2019 at 3:04 am

Economics and the humanities

“There is something thrilling about the intellectual audacity of thinking that you can explain ninety per cent of behavior in a society with one mental tool.” An interesting exploration of, as the title says, whether economists and humanists “can ever be friends.”

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August 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm

The Cost of the Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government comes with costs, as this article shows. How many concepts can you identify in the piece?

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January 22, 2018 at 12:41 am

One more reason to take Econ 479

Top-notch writing skills will carry a huge premium as they decrease in supply.

One of Ogilvy & Mather executive chair Miles Young’s predictions for the near-term future. Now back to work!

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September 28, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Blow, ye winds, blow

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September 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

Jason Fried on Writing Skills

Comparative advantage announces itself always, as here. In short, dear colleagues, apply yourselves in this class.

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September 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Tips for aspiring op-ed writers

A bit of prolepsis: There’s an op-ed in your future in this class. Here are some useful tips from the New York Times.

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August 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm