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Follow Up: Stephen Colbert On Tax Inversions…

August 28th, 2014 · 9 Comments
Follow Ups · Policy

Since we talked about Burger King and tax inversion yesterday, I figured it was only fair to point out that Stephen Colbert was ahead of the trend, since he did a couple of tax inversion segments (though he calls them “corporate inversion” segments) on his show on July 30: The Colbert ReportGet More: Daily Show [...]

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Phrase Of The Moment: Tax Inversion…

August 27th, 2014 · 3 Comments
Policy

I was reminded earlier today by Ronan “I’ll be damned if Frank Sinatra isn’t your father” Farrow that the world is a little obsessed with Burger King’s potential acquisition of Tim Hortons. (In case you aren’t familiar, Tim Hortons is sort of like a Canadian Dunkin Donuts, assuming of course that all of the U.S. [...]

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Be Careful What You Wish For, Economist Party Edition…

June 12th, 2014 · 6 Comments
Policy · Uncategorizable

Okay, so my last post mentioned my desire for an Economist political party, but I don’t think that this is what I had in mind: (See here if you are feeling procrastinatory and want to watch the second part of the segment.) First off, I can’t help but focus on the fact that Rate My [...]

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Why Macroeconomics Is Hard, In Cartoon Form…

June 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Fun With Data · Macroeconomics · Policy

This is from a book on climate change, but the principle definitely holds more widely…(click for larger) (thanks to EconLog for the images!) This concept- that researchers don’t have the luxury of always running randomized controlled experiments (i.e. randomized controlled trials, or RCTs) to determine what affects what- is what leads a growing number of [...]

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On Yellen’s First FOMC Presser And Efficient Markets…

March 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment
Macroeconomics · Policy

In case you aren’t already convinced that Janet Yellen is the most powerful woman in the world (or, I suppose, that financial markets are at least approximately informationally efficent), take a look at this: Okay, so maybe that requires a bit of explanation…today, the Federal Reserve released the statement coming out of its March meeting, [...]

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On Economists Giving Thanks, And The Avoidance Of Arms Races…

November 28th, 2013 · 2 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Buyer Beware · Game Theory · Policy

First off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am very thankful that you all read my online ramblings Once you get drowsy from eating too much Thanksgiving dinner (and no, it’s not the turkey, that’s mostly an urban legend, unless of course you ate the entire turkey), you should feast on what Dan Ariely has to say about [...]

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Tags: Behavioral Econ · Buyer Beware · Game Theory · Policy