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…

Markets in Everything: Patina Edition

Love this. Age as a style statement: Style Czar – Toronto Star: “Looking old is a quality rarely embraced in fashion. When it comes to men’s footwear, however, it turns out that aging is both an art form and a…

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…