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Sludge

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“Because of the sheer costs of sludge, rational people are effectively denied life-changing goods and services; the problem is compounded by the existence of behavioral biases, including inertia, present bias, and unrealistic optimism.” Cass Sunstein of Harvard discusses sludge. What economic concept(s) do you find in the abstract?

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November 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Externalities and interfaces

As someone who has been weathering the healthcare system, I can attest to the thought that a big problem lies in getting one hand to know what the other hand is doing. It’s a problem of, as the subject line has it, externalities and interfaces

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August 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Economic psittacines

It’s all about opportunity cost, and even parrots know it.

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August 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

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

Following the data

Honesty is the best policy. Yes? Yes, as this story on the admirable economist Alex Tabarrok makes plain.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Political wisdom

A smart political comment, of wide application to life in general, from economist Tyler Cowen here

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April 6, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Posted in Economic writing, Life

Ancient typography

Use a single space after a period. Why? More here.

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March 12, 2018 at 8:54 pm