Thursday, 19 November 2009

Interesting blog bits

  1. Carpe Diem on More Selective Concern on Sex Imbalances.
  2. David Friedman on The Ambiguity of "Utility". Do economists and the philosophers think of utility in the same way?
  3. Bryan Caplan on The Effect of Children on Happiness: The Latest from the Research Frontier.
  4. Arnold Kling on The Economics of Electric Cars.
  5. Eric Crampton on Returns to Office. In the UK research finds that serving in office almost doubled the wealth of Conservative MPs, but had no discernible financial benefits for Labour MPs.
  6. Al Roth on Louis Menand on the market for PhDs in English. "What the surveys suggest is that if doctoral education in English were a cartoon character, then about 30 years ago, it zoomed straight off a cliff, went into a terrifying fall, grabbed a branch on the way down, and has been clinging to that branch ever since. Things went south very quickly, not gradually, and then they stabilized. Statistically, the state of the discipline has been fairly steady for about 25 years, and the result of this is a kind of normalization of what in any other context would seem to be a plainly inefficient and intolerable process. The profession has just gotten used to a serious imbalance between supply and demand." "
  7. Peter Klein on Keynesian Anti-Economics

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