Econ 479

The Art of Writing, the Science of Economics

An unstated concept

The takeaway from this consumer-oriented newspaper piece falls neatly under the umbrella of a single economic concept. What is it?

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February 12, 2019 at 4:18 am

Un(der)employment by major


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February 12, 2019 at 4:09 am

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Greek life and other challenges

Fraternities afford lifelong networking opportunities. But do they pay off? See here for more on economics as it relates to student life…

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January 14, 2019 at 8:01 pm

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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