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Gun policy: The making of a bad idea.

Here’s a story from a few days ago on one of Obama’s casserole of gun-policy related executive orders. He is apparently trying to stoke the market for “smart guns” that can only be fired by their registered user by directing … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, omitted variable.

(photo by Gage Skidmore) This article on a new study about the unusual demographics of Donald Trump’s supporters struck me as conceptually parallel to gaining access to a previously unobservable variable in a choice model. Many attempts to discern voter … Continue reading

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Reflections on my first year and a half as a grad student…

I’ve still got a long way to go to the degree, but as for coursework, I’m actually mostly finished. I have only two more prescribed courses, a couple of electives, and a pair of preliminary exams between me and the … Continue reading

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Is big business becoming a (relatively) leading progressive force in the U.S.?

As the Republican Party has consolidated power across the US legislature and the majority of state governments even while becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream political positions by its activist base, it has been surprising but encouraging to see how often … Continue reading

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What to do with all the time?

I am now done being an undergraduate. I'm still short a piece of paper as of this writing but it appears that I hold a BA in economics and a minor in mathematics. I racked up a total of four … Continue reading

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critical thinking, an example

I am starting my Saturday morning off in a mellow way, listening to Brian Eno’s amazing 1978 album “Music for Airports / Ambient 1” and I happened to glance at the liner notes for the first time in a long … Continue reading

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consumer choice theory and “goal-oriented behavior”

There’s got to be a better way! Sure, there’s Behavioral Economics, but as one recent lecturer put it, the field is an adjunct to standard Microeconomics, not really an indictment of it. Yet, over and over again, I want to … Continue reading

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