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Tyler Cowen  Alex Tabarrok

Marginal Revolution is a blog focused on economics run by economists Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, both of wh [Read More]

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Friday assorted links
1. A minimal Turing test (what is your word?). 2. Why is interest in sex declining? 3. William Shatner markets in everything. 4. Glenn Gould hologram is going on tour. 5. Joe Miller: "In fact, as I write this, he has made 11,362 Citi Bike trips, cove...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, September 21, 2018

Has private philanthropy become underrated?
My latest Bloomberg column focuses on Jeff Bezos in particular, and his recently announced $2 billion gift to preschool education and to help the homeless.  Here is one excerpt: …the gift is unlikely to take the form of Jeff Bezos dictating terms, ev...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, September 21, 2018

Revolving Door Patent Examiners
The revolving door between government and private industry creates opportunities for regulatory capture. Dick Cheney's moves between Secretary of Defense, CEO of Halliburton and Vice-President certainly raised eyebrows. Secretaries of the Treasury, R...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, September 21, 2018

Delaware markets in everything
A 2003 Mercedes station wagon fetched nearly $420,000 at a Delaware auction last month—$6,800 for the car, $410,000 for the license plate. "I wanted it," says the tag's winning bidder, William Lord. "I'm happy I did it." And who wouldn't be? The plat...
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Friday, September 21, 2018

What is land for Georgist purposes?
Matthew Prewitt wrote this interesting piece "Reimagining Property: A Philosophical Look at Harberger Taxation."  As he defines a Harberger tax, you report the value of your property, pay a tax on that amount, but if you under-report the value someon...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, September 21, 2018

Thursday assorted links
1. Self-driving homes. 2. Have quantum paradoxes just become worse? 3. How the Chinese invest in memes. 4. Ben Carson praises Noah Smith. 5. New (and long) interview with Peter Thiel. The post Thursday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLU...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Does Amazon monopsony lead to higher prices?
A number of you have questioned that point I made yesterday, arguing that a standard monopolist that becomes a monopsonist will restrict output by hiring less labor, for fear of driving up the price of that labor. I don't think Amazon has significant...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, September 20, 2018

America does pretty well at public health
Michael S. Sparer and Anne-Laure Beaussier has a new and interesting piece on this topic, here is part of the abstract: First, the United States outperforms its European peers on several public health metrics. Second, the United States spends a compa...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Intertemporal sushi substitution demand curves slope downward
Jaroslav Bobrowski knows a good deal when he sees one. Accordingly, an all-you-can-eat offer at one sushi restaurant is no longer available to him. The triathlete follows a special diet in which he fasts for 20-hour periods. So when he does sit down ...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, September 20, 2018

The EU "link tax" has been resurrected
And here is commentary from Ben Thompson: This is why the so-called "link tax" is doomed to failure — indeed, it has already failed every time it has been attempted. Google, which makes no direct revenue from Google News, will simply stop serving Goo...
Marginal Revolution
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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