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Blow, ye winds, blow

On the economics of storms.

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September 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

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

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

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

Inherited wealth and earned wealth

More on education, social mobility, and concentrated wealth by the always insightful Tyler Cowen—a piece and a set of facts with bearing on our last assignment.

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October 7, 2016 at 4:45 am