Category Archives: Politics

My brother Tim Kevane’s law article on… something called the Viking Pump decision

I have little idea of the technicalities here, but I thought that any paragraph starting with “bitter irony” should be highlighted. The bitter irony of the noncumulation provision is that an insured will now be able to designate the tower … Continue reading

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Emotional arcs of storytelling: Confirmation that some stories are like others

Today, that changes thanks to the work of Andrew Reagan at the Computational Story Lab at the University of Vermont in Burlington and a few pals. These guys have used sentiment analysis to map the emotional arcs of over 1,700 … Continue reading

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57 years ago today, Canto 1 of John Shade’s Pale Fire completed

The poem always gives me the shivers.  Especially the stanza I had to learn by heart for Mrs. Kramer’s third grade class in English language arts.  We had to stand in front of the class.  Yes, she was an odd … Continue reading

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Humans, on Amazon Prime, is the smartest science fiction series in a long time

I strongly recommend Humans.  Imagine Never Let Me Go made as a TV series.  The synths are complex, their interactions amongst themselves and with humans are complex, the human families are complex.  This is not one of those ridiculous sci-fi … Continue reading

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Super interesting story about peer review at the AER, from George Borjas

And this is where things begin to get interesting. Over a month ago, an anonymous post appeared at Economics Job Market Rumors (EJMR), a popular internet forum frequented (I am guessing) by many young economists. This post noted that Family … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico debt situation will be very politically charged

They shouted angrily about “colonialism” and called for a Prexit, or Puerto Rican exit, from the United States. They denounced the “junta” — or federal control board — that will soon direct this island’s failing governance and finances. Late Thursday … Continue reading

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Brexit in standard macroeconomics model

Since I am teaching MBA macroeconomics this summer, here is Brexit in the standard AD-AS model.  It ignores the zero lower bound, which complicates things, and also assumes that the short run negative effects we have seen this week persist. … Continue reading

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