economics

They’re Not Making Anyone Do Anything

The recent dust-up over Amazon allegedly forcing employees to sign non-compete agreements got me thinking about this. [As an aside, it also reminds me of accusations that Apple for example will intentionally make people’s iPhones or Macs slower in order…

Peak Poultry?

How can they possibly be sure it’s not a local peak? Has chicken production ever dropped one year and then risen the next? The World Hit “Peak Chicken” in 2006 – Smithsonian: “The popular poultry is just one of many…

Hernando de Soto on Poverty & Progress

Another fantastic Planet Money episode, and all the more amazing that it was on NPR. There must be some level of cognitive dissonance over there. Definitely worth a listen. Episode 599: The Invisible Wall : Planet Money : NPR: “Hernando…

EconTalk: Taleb on GMOs

Another great EconTalk episode. This time with Mr. Taleb on GMOs and more. He hasn’t necessarily changed my mind, but it’s definitely thought-provoking. At one point near the end Taleb mentions that he is not concerned about anti-biotic use/abuse. That…

EconTalk on Schools and Incentives

Fantastic recent episode of EconTalk. Definitely worth a listen. James Tooley on Private Schools for the Poor and the Beautiful Tree – EconTalk: “One good thing that’s happening because of it–you talked about corruption and so on. If you can…

Arbitrage and Rescue Dogs

This seems hard to believe, but if true, I wonder if they should be charging more for these dogs? The reason I am skeptical is that I get several email messages per week about dogs in area shelters needing homes.…

Some Reasons To Be Positive & Look To The Future …

First, we should Be less romantic about the past (Jeff Jacoby) Second, this Doomslayer Wired article is a classic. And third, definitely spend some time at HumanProgress.org. Additional links: The Lousy Living of the Past’s Royals and Rich Life before…

Why The Butter Shortage?

This isn’t good. Japan faces specter of a butter-less Christmas: “TOKYO — Yes, Virginia, there is a butter shortage. Supermarkets in Japan have been rationing butter since spring because of a shortfall in raw milk production. Now, there’s concern there…