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Reader Question: Interesting Macro Materials?

January 13th, 2014 · 5 Comments
Macroeconomics · Reader Questions

Reader Michael sent me the following yesterday: @jodiecongirl What do you do on the first day of a principles of macro class? I'm looking to spice mine up. — Michael Clark (@Hillsdalemc) January 12, 2014 I feel your pain, bro- I certainly wouldn’t self-identify as a macro person, so I think I struggle more to [...]

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Kids Do The Darndest Things, Freakonomics Edition…

September 6th, 2010 · 5 Comments
Books · Incentives · Reader Questions · Uncategorizable

Reader Brandon asks: Assuming you have watched the documentary by now, do you care to offer any sort of critique/promotion of the movie? (For context, I had plugged the Freakonomics movie earlier this weekend.) Ask and you shall receive…to be precise, I ended up watching the movie with my best friend (and a giant orange [...]

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Reader Question: Is (Behavioral) Economics Behaving Badly?

July 20th, 2010 · 23 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Policy · Reader Questions

A number of readers emailed, tweeted, sent carrier pigeons, etc. to ask what I had to say regarding a recent NYT op-ed piece by George Loewenstein and Peter Ubel that discusses the limitations of using behavioral economics to drive policy. The authors summarize their central thesis as follows: But the field has its limits. As [...]

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Reader Question: So What’s Up With This Strasburg Kid?

June 8th, 2010 · 14 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Buyer Beware · Reader Questions · Sports

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the exact wording of the question, but it’s what everyone seems to be asking nowadays…reader Seth writes: I had a topic for you to address that I thought might be good for someone with a behavioral econ background. Tonight is Stephen Strasburg’s MLB debut (#1 uber prospect) for the Nationals. [...]

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Reader Question: How Do I Become A Behavioral Economics Nerd?

May 25th, 2010 · 9 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Reader Questions

A reader writes: I’m a grad student at Georgetown University, where I’m in the dual masters in public policy/masters in economics program. As part of that program, I took the first year PhD sequence in the econ department. We used the usual texts for micro, macro, and metrics, but we didn’t really talk about behavioral [...]

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Reader Question: So Should I Just FedEx My Luggage Now?

May 19th, 2010 · 10 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Buyer Beware · Decision Making · Policy · Reader Questions

I’ve gotten a few requests for comment on the whole “airlines now charging customers to breathe on their airplanes” issue, so I will give a bit of an economist’s take on the matter here. First, a recap for those of you who, unlike me, haven’t been watching the airline industry with baited breath to see [...]

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