==> Tom Woods reports: My paper with Phil Magness on Piketty is the #1 downloaded in the past 60 days at Social Sciences Resource Network. If only truth were a popularity contest! (Oh wait, Piketty would be right then.) BTW, I should officially say that Phil did most of the laborious wading through Piketty’s spreadsheets, but I think my most important contribution was bringing in the point about the tax code changes in the 1980s (which I adapted from Alan Reynolds). Nothing new under the sun. Aristotle already covered this stuff.
==> Nothing fancy, but in this Mises CA post I explain why Canadians shouldn’t be afraid to be “vulnerable” to a commodity price drop, and tie in Austrian business cycle theory.
==> This was from early December, but I can’t remember if I posted it: Tyler Cowen relays the results from a paper about the impact of a natural disaster causing people to migrate to higher-paying jobs. Two things: (1) The comments are hilarious, at least the first 20 or so. (2) I think many of the commenters were getting the study’s main finding backwards, thinking that Katrina victims saw an immediate spike in their income. No, the Katrina victims initially had $2,200 lower income, and only later did they surpass their control group.
==> Again, can’t remember if I posted this: A surprising TPM post on why progressives have overlooked deaths like Eric Garner’s for years.
==> The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics has a student contest for short videos.
==> The Mises Institute is taking applications for summer fellowships. If you’re a fan of Austrian economics and are working on a graduate degree, I can’t think of a better way to spend your summer.