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==> Peter Klein interviewed in South Africa. ==> I respond to Noah Smith on Friedman’s “plucking model.” ==> At first I thought this was a parody, but AOC actually urged workers to be sure they got paid for an extra hour for Daylight Saving. However, in context, I actually don’t think she said anything dumb. ==> My interview on the Theocracy podcast, talking about my conversion from atheism and reconciling the Bible with standard...

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==> My interview with Titus Gebel on his proposal for free private cities. ==> Carlos and I discuss the 2017 tax reform’s impact on charitable giving. ==> This YouTube video using “optimal stopping theory” to guide you in dating wasn’t what I was expecting. In the search models we studied in grad school, you would decide on your reservation wage and keep going on interviews until you got an offer at least that high. In contrast, the video describes a...

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==> Two recent interviews at Lara-Murphy Report, one with Bill Peacock talking about Texas electricity markets, and with Rafael Acevedo on his experience as an economist (and father) in Venezuela. ==> The latest Bob Murphy Show interviews Richard Vedder on the problems with higher education. ==> Two seasteaders marked for death by Thai navy. ==> Are a lot of published math “theorems” wrong? What about theories of Dark Matter? (I personally have...

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==> When researchers point out all of the uncertainties in our current models guiding us on climate change policy, are they the good guys or the bad guys? It depends what year it is, as I explain in my latest IER article. ==> My latest Mises.org article on Austrian vs. mainstream Law & Econ on product safety. ==> A very interesting article from Dan Sanchez on the Joker and Jordan Peterson.

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==> My radio interview with Danielle Smith was a good one concerning climate change and tree planting. ==> This is old but someone sent me an article explaining why the international mortality stats can be misleading. ==> I haven’t read it yet, but apparently this article at Jacobin takes Phil Magness’ side on the issue of US capitalism and slavery.

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==> My latest episode on the Bob Murphy Show is a fun one, where I analyze the cult classic, “They Live.” ==> At IER I coincidentally have a new post talking about Greenland’s ice sheet. Did Trump read my post and then get interested? I’ll never tell. An excerpt: Wow, the critic seems to have a point! In his model, Nordhaus assumes that the damage from a melting ice sheet comes from rising sea levels. And, as the critic points out, Nordhaus’ calibration...

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==> When I interviewed Karl Smith for my podcast, I looked at his stuff and was pleasantly surprised to see Karl praising Art Laffer. I obviously don’t agree with him on everything, but I like Karl for his willingness to take unpopular opinions. ==> I thought this was an interesting take on the trans-bikini-wax controversy. ==> An interview with Campbell Harvey, the academic whose 1980s dissertation established the inverted yield curve’s apparent...

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==> At IER I make a provocative claim: Economists have been “useful idiots” for the environmental socialists. ==> This is a really neat Forbes article from 2 years ago, that the mysterious Von Pepe sent me. An excerpt: Stating the equation a little differently illustrates the principle a little differently: ‘Assets = liability + capital’, which is to say that everything a company owns represents either an obligation to a creditor or back to the...

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==> Part 3 of 3 of my scintillating series on Capital & Interest. In this one, I take aim at Bohm-Bawerk, Mises, and Rothbard. I am the Thanos of economics. ==> Dave Smith will debate Nicholas Sarwark at the SoHo Forum in September. ==> This is a fantastic SlateStarCodex piece on what’s driving big prices in Big Pharma. An excerpt: Extreme fringe libertarians have a certain way with words. For example, they call taxes “the government stealing...

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