Economics, stale memes, and distraction from productive activity
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The NIMBY challenge
The other day I wrote a Bloomberg View post about how California is waking up to the problem of NIMBYism - development restrictions tha...
Monday, May 15, 2017
Vast literatures as mud moats
I don't know why academic literatures are so often referred to as "vast" (the phrase goes back well over a century ), but ...
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Actually good Silicon Valley critiques?
Scott Alexander has a post with some pretty spectacular smackdowns of Silicon Valley's more exuberant critics. Some excerpts: Whi...
Saturday, May 13, 2017
How should theory and evidence relate to each other?
In response to the empirical revolution in econ, and especially to the rise of quasi-experimental methods , a lot of older economists a...
Sunday, April 30, 2017
The siren song of homogeneity
The U.S. and Europe are in a time of great political change. Policies haven't changed that much yet, but the set of ideas that drive...
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