Category Archives: United States

Are you joking here New York Times? So what if it is James Heckman… the sample size is 37!

When the boys reached age 30, they earned an average of $19,800 more a year than those in the control group and had half a year more education. (The small sample size — 37 boys in the programs who stayed … Continue reading

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Trump’s “America First” rhetoric? William Wyler had it pegged back in 1946.

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Economic justice and basic income

Last week at our student economics discussion group we had a nice exchange about  universal basic income.  I suggested that wouldn’t everyone (right, left, libertarian and socialist) agree that in a wealthy society few would object to a program of … Continue reading

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Gregory Mankiw, tax reform, and the carbon tax

Republicans are proposing and are excited about the possibilities for a huge overhaul of the U.S. tax system.  Here is Mankiw, probably the most prominent and well-respected Republican economist in the US, in January: Consider the following tax reform: 1. … Continue reading

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I guess Trump team is consistent about one thing: They really would rather have coal than advanced 21st century batteries

James J. Greenberger, the executive director of NAATBatt International, a trade group for the advanced battery industry, said ARPA-E had been of enormous benefit to the industry. “We’re absolutely stunned by it,” Mr. Greenberger said of the agency’s potential elimination, … Continue reading

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Can students record me in class?

Turns out in many states there is only a “single party consent” needed to record a conversation, and so students could record me in class.  They are limited in what they can do, since the cannot “sell” my intellectual property. … Continue reading

Posted in Being a teacher, Santa Clara University, United States

Awe-inspiring study from

People moved east to west, less so north to south. See how the differently colored clusters form distinct horizontal bands? The red, blue, purple, and green dots fan out from right to left. This pattern means DNA confirms the descendants … Continue reading

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Noujain Mustaffa is the right drop of bittersweet sunshine for a cloudy day

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More than 100,000 visas revoked due to travel ban

Amateur foreign policy indeed. Over 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday.The number came out during a … Continue reading

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New Zealand Is ‘the Future,’ Peter Thiel Said

Answered my question from yesterday, which country is “greater” than the United States  and so worthy of emulation?  Thiel has presumably communicated his choice to Trump. “I am happy to say categorically that I have found no other country that … Continue reading

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Trump and Navarro want to make the U.S. more like China… Why do we want to be poorer?

“More manufacturing.” “Without manufacturing we cannot be a great nation.”  So think about it.  The more like China the United States becomes, the more our average per capita income will drop to $5,000 per person (China’s), instead of $45,000 (ours … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching international trade, Teaching macroeconomics, United States | 1 Comment

Salient stories like these from the University of Oregon are worrisome to all faculty, whose job is “speech”

As a university professor, I know that much of my job involves engaging in speech.  I do that “live” in front of students, I do it on Youtube recordings, I do it on a blog, I do it in academic … Continue reading

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Every person claiming to be an American should know the basics of My Lai

Audaciously and on his own initiative, the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson Jr., swooped down and landed the copter. “Mr. Thompson was just beside himself,” Mr. Colburn recalled in an interview in 2010 for the PBS program “The American … Continue reading

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Profile of Preet Bharara should give Democrats some pause

I just don’t follow U.S. politics close enough to be reasonably sure about many things.  Last night I was reading this profile of Preet Bharara, from the May 2016 The New Yorker.  The piece was presumably in part anticipating that … Continue reading

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John Cochrane thinks the administrative state silences speech… I think there is a bigger danger from Donald Trump

I was listening to John Cochrane, now at Hoover Institute, giving an EconTalk Podcast with Russ Roberts. One of the main problems with the over-regulatory administrative state that the United States is becoming, according to Cochrane, is that “the rules” … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching macroeconomics, United States

Lynn Scholl on how graduated drivers licenses for teens have huge effects in reducing car accident fatalities

For a paper I am working on, I am reviewing some of the econometric work that uses paired adjacent counties that straddle state borders to examine the effects of state-level policies.  There is a growing number of such papers, many … Continue reading

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Illegal immigration in the U.S.

Fact Tank – November 19, 2015 The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has stabilized in recent years after decades of rapid growth. But there have been shifts in the states where unauthorized immigrants live and the countries where … Continue reading

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Autor on trade with China effects

Well I finally went on a long run and so got to listen to the 72 minute long podcast of Russ Roberts talking with MIT economist David Autor.  Disappointing. Mostly the blame falls on Russ Roberts, and he basically admits … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching macroeconomics, United States

What are Sanders’ economic policies?

I am finally starting to ask the questions, as friends and colleagues start taking positions and debate the substance of Clinton versus Sanders.  His website with economic positions is here.  I have quoted for most, and added a little bit … Continue reading

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When does an economist laugh out loud?

If you are me, it is when reading things like this comment by Michael Foody on a Marginal Revolution blog entry about Brita water filter that detects and orders replacement filters. Using disposable consumer goods to solve ever smaller problems … Continue reading

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