Archive for Tyler Cowen

Go Forth and Multiply, Murphy vs. Cowen Edition

My latest at FEE reacts to Tyler’s discussion of China’s one-child policy.

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Potpourri

==> Blimey Cow on “there should be a law.” ==> A new Fraser Institute collection (edited by Don Boudreaux) on (the decline of) economic freedom and entrepreneurship in the US. ==> I liked this post by Bryan Caplan, on how “econ melts your brain” (and not in a good way–he doesn’t mean, “It’ll blow your […]

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More Commentary On Gruber

I realize I am biased since I can’t stand his monetary policy views, but does anyone else find these remarks from Scott Sumner a bit…unsettling? There are degrees of dishonesty. When I say I support policy X, I actually do support that policy. I could pass a lie detector test. But when I first started […]

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Cowen the Merciful

His take on Grubergate: I’m not so interested in pushing through the mud on this one. It’s a healthy world where academics can speak their minds at conferences and the like without their words becoming political weapons in a bigger fight…If anything, I feel sorry for Gruber that he has subsequently felt the need to […]

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America’s “War Culture”

My latest article at Liberty Chat is a reaction to Tyler Cowen’s NYT column on the economic benefits of war. An excerpt: My point in this essay isn’t to wag my finger at Tyler Cowen; I know he isn’t “for” war and I know he wasn’t pining for a war to stimulate the economy. Rather, […]

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Piketty vs. Giles

Here is my initial reaction to the affair. Let me emphasize my main position: I am not an expert on the various estimates of wealth concentration. So I don’t know how to referee on the specific allegations. However, let us not forget that Piketty clearly put in bogus information on both the minimum wage and […]

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Potpourri

==> Following Bryan Caplan’s lead, I talk about the long-term results of TARP. ==> Be careful, kids: My son was telling me matter-of-factly that this scientist Hooke was a bastard (not his actual term) etc. etc., and I interrupted to ask, “Did you get this from a Cosmos episode?” He said yes. Then–relying on this […]

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Potpourri

Yikes I’ve been traveling lately and am way behind with some of these… ==> Niels van der Linden replies to my comment on his critique of Rothbard. ==> Richard Ebeling (my teacher in undergrad) reflects on the Great Society. ==> Megan McArdle on health insurance bailout. Joe Salerno provides more details on this interesting story […]

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