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When Economists Write About Presidents And Assassins, Lee Harvey Oswald Edition…

November 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment
Economic History · Uncategorizable

When deciding whether or not to read something, I tend to focus more on who the author is than on the specific headline. This probably explains how I came across an article by Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory and clicked on it without looking closely at what it was about. (As far as I can [...]

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A Belated Reinhart-Rogoff Rundown, Now With More Colbert…

May 9th, 2013 · 5 Comments
Economic Growth · Economic History · Fun With Data · Macroeconomics

I’ve been hesitant to write about this, since every time I try I just end up with phrases like “AN EXCEL ERROR ROFL!!!!” on the page, and I don’t feel like that entirely embodies what I would like to convey regarding the Reinhart-Rogoff situation. So I gave it the old college try on About.com instead. [...]

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On Adam Smith Versus Physicists And Monkeys With Dart Boards…

January 11th, 2013 · 12 Comments
Economic History · Just For Fun · Uncategorizable

Sometimes I feel like the comics I come across are written just for me… …especially since this came out as I was putting together my lecture slides for the first day of Econ 101. I really want to point out how this comic is inaccurate, but the only counterargument I have is that Adam Smith [...]

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I Knew I Would Be Able To Tie Economics Back To Cat Videos Eventually…

November 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment
Econ 101 · Economic History · Just For Fun

My friend, randomly this afternoon: “Heh, so Pareto had 20 cats.” Me: “What in the hell are you reading that would tell you that?” Friend: *holds up The Origin of Wealth* Me: “Why are you trying to know more than me about economics again?” Smartass tweeter, a bit later: “Well, now we know the socially [...]

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Alan Greenspan And Ayn Rand Star In The World’s Weirdest Intellectual Romance…

October 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments
Economic History · Policy

No really, I am not making this up because I love irony. Check it out (the Greenspan-specific part starts at about the 4:00 mark): The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jennifer Burns www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive Apparently it’s Alan Greenspan week here at EDIWM…now, [...]

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If Our Science Is So Dismal, Why Do People Keep Making Cartoons About It?

July 5th, 2011 · 12 Comments
Economic History

You know the joke about the New Yorker cartoons being hard to get? (There’s even a Seinfeld bit about it.) Apparently Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is continuing the trend: Actually, I am pretty terrible at guessing what people get and don’t get, so perhaps I shouldn’t assume anything…I’ll just turn my assumption into a lesson [...]

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