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Friday, 23 February 2018
Trump the worst president?
A question asked by Jason Brennan at the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog. Trump is the worst president ever? So say an important subs...
On the link between US pay and productivity
From VoxEU.org comes a column by Anna Stansbury and Lawrence Summers on the relationship between pay and productivity in the US. Since 1...
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Economic costs of hosting the Olympics and World Cup
In this audio economist Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College and the author of Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Be...
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
You know your economy is in trouble when ......
you get paid in eggs! A Wall Street Journal report on the situation in Venezuela tells us One U.S. dollar now fetches around 236,000 b...
Saturday, 3 February 2018
Islam and economic performance: historical and contemporary links
An interesting looking article by Timur Kuran forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Literature goes sunder the above title. The abstra...
The case for 'touting'
From the IEA comes this audio on scalping and the value of it. The resale of tickets has been around for as long as humans have charged ...
Friday, 2 February 2018
Zingales on Hart
At the 2018 ASSA meeting Luigi Zingales delivered a lecture honouring Oliver Hart, co-winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for economics. In pa...
Thursday, 1 February 2018
Latest Blogwatch column
My Blogwatch column from the latest issue ( Issue 60 , December 2017) of the NZAE magazine Asymmetric Information .
Are Google and Facebook monopolies?
On this episode of The Big Question , Chicago Booth’s Luigi Zingales and George Mason University’s Tyler Cowen discuss the market power wie...
Venezuela officially enters the not-REAL-socialism stage
Writing at the IEA blog Kristian Niemietz says, Now we’ve finally learned what went wrong in Venezuela: it wasn’t real socialism. At the...
"A Brief Prehistory of the Theory of the Firm". Update
The book is now in the hands of a production editor. The publication of the hardback version is due in June 2018. You can, however, pre-or...
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Eric Crampton on "Recipe for Disaster"
On Radio New Zealand Nights , Dr Eric Crampton of the New Zealand Initiative talks through the findings of the Initiative's latest repo...
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