Tag Archive for economics

Dr. Rizzo Asks Some Minimum-Wage Questions

Dr. Rizzo asks some provocative and frankly uncomfortable questions. Definitely read the entire thing. In fact, check his site out every week, always thought-provoking material. Raise the Minimum Wage, Raise it Now: “Suppose you know someone that, rather than working…

“Pretty Much Everyone”

I find it hard to swallow this line of reasoning … that a higher minimum wage is good for employers automatically. And that they’re too stupid to do it on their own. Also, there’s one group missing from the “pretty…

A Classic Discussion re: Recycling

This podcast from 2007 (Drs. Roberts and Munger) is fantastic. Recently enjoyed it again. Also see: Michael Munger, Think Globally, Act Irrationally: Recycling Munger on Recycling – EconTalk – Library of Economics and Liberty: “Mike Munger, professor of economics and…

Coffee & Pencils

This fun story has been making the rounds. I Drank a Cup of Hot Coffee That Was Overnighted Across the Country – The Atlantic: “Last week, Thermos overnighted me a cup of hot coffee from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C., to…

Some Quick Econ Videos

These are excellent. Brief and clear. Trade is important. Markets matter. Buy-local is foolish and backward. Ep. 1 of 5 – The Hockey Stick of Human Prosperity – YouTube Ep. 2 of 5 – Division of Labor: Burgers and Ships…

It’s not à la carte menu, Comcast edition

I’m sure that by now you’ve seen this story floating around, about the guy who can’t get Comcast to cancel his service. This is a solid point. Here’s why your Comcast rep is yelling at you – The Verge: “It’d…

There Is Some Good News Re: The Piketty Book

Apparently no one is reading it. The Summer’s Most Unread Book Is… – WSJ: “How can we find today’s greatest non-reads? Amazon’s “Popular Highlights” feature provides one quick and dirty measure. Every book’s Kindle page lists the five passages most…

Two on Inefficiency and Waste

The first reminds of the classic “If You’re Paying, I’ll Have Top Sirloin.” How Valuable Is a Federal Grant? – The Beacon: “But what if the project’s organizers had decided that accepting the grant would have imposed costs of only…