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Fun With The Economics Of Copyright, Kanye West Edition…

April 21st, 2015 · 3 Comments
Music Biz · Policy

Hey, remember this? I post this not because I am dreaming of quitting my job (or, more accurately, one of my million or so jobs), but because guess who got a subscription to Nielsen SoundScan? That’s right- this nerd. Basically, what this means is that I can look up physical and digital sales by week [...]

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On Room For Creativity In Monetary Policy?

March 16th, 2015 · 2 Comments
Macroeconomics · Policy

I can’t decide whether this is more or less ridiculous than negative interest rates for dealing with a liquidity trap… (One nitpick: Technically, savings is what funds investment, so it doesn’t generally make sense to think that they move in opposite directions as suggested above. That said, if you define “saving” as putting money in [...]

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The Gender Wage Gap Is Still Hard, Now With More Boston Globe…

January 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments
Gender · Policy

You all seemed to like the conversation about the gender wage gap after Obama’s State of the Union address, so I put together something a bit more formal for the Boston Globe. (sidenote: I am strangely fascinated by the graphic used for that article- it’s very Beatles-esque trippy, as in “picture yourself in a bot [...]

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Follow Up: Stephen Colbert On Tax Inversions…

August 28th, 2014 · 10 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 · 4 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 · 7 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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