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Blow, ye winds, blow

On the economics of storms.

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September 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

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

Lab work

A downbeat essay on politics and decline—but with appropriate use of the economic concept of public goods.

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August 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm

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

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

Funny how that works

A new take on economics by Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones.

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February 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm