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George Will has a new column on Real Clear Politics that is somewhat illustrative of sound economics and also sort of disturbing.   The disturbing part?   Will seems to advocate putting up a new-style Berlin wall along the Mexican-U.S. border.   I sincerely hope I’m not the only person who thinks this is insane. […]

I figure if Dr. Turner can post an article about a game show about money in a bunch of suitcases, I can have my turn about unanimous agreement. Fox has a new show called “Unan1mous” which is a clever variation on a game of coordination that is mentioned when economists discuss “tacit collusion.” The story […]

As someone who is an educator and is very interested in education in general, I find this article fascinating, but all together unsurprising.   I hope someone at the Department of Education has the brains to record all the statistics for the displaced students.   Following them around will be a natural experiment from which […]

Here’s a link to a new USA Today article that claims tax “refunds” are on the rise. I have the word refunds in quotes because we have to use the term loosely in this context. The refunds, in this case, are those sent to taxpayers who had too much money withheld from their paychecks over […]

I received a textbook in the mail today. It was from N. Gregory Mankiw. Dr. Mankiw wanted me to have a copy of his principles of microeconomics textbook, compliments of Dr. Mankiw. I am not sure it will be a surprise, but college professors don’t pay for textbooks. There are (at least) two ways we […]

While the level of violence escapes me, the protests over the publication of the irreverent cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed with a bomb-shaped turban that appeared in a Danish newspaper are understandable. Muslims consider depicting the face of Muhammed, the most important of all their prophets, as blasphemous and are deeply offended by such portrayals, […]

In my Econ 211 classes recently, we discussed something that economists call “moral hazard.” If you look up “moral hazard” on the free internet encyclopedia, “Wikipedia” at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_hazard, you will find: “In law and economics, moral hazard is the name given to the increased risk of problematical (immoral) behavior, and thus a negative outcome (“hazard”), […]

In Sunday’s Times Picayune we learn that most people in the New Orleans area did have flood insurance after all. Somebody actually took the time to look at the data and, low and behold, about 67 percent of the homes in New Orleans were covered by flood insurance. The data also show that LA residents […]

The Heritage Foundation, a public policy think tank in Washington D.C., has released a new book called Getting America Right.   The book focuses on the conservative government principles that many feel the Republican party (or, at least, the Bush White House and some members of Congress) has abandoned. The foreword, written by former Speaker […]

Is there to much hub-bub about the error made by the SAT in scoring exams? I am not sure I agree with the attitude of this article. It’s a little to flaky, a touch unbalanced, and entirely unsurprising to me. The basic deal is that there were some high school kids who took the SAT […]

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