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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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Tax salience and the new Trump tariffs
That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  Here is one excerpt: …tariffs distort consumer decisions more than sales taxes do. It may well be true that consumers don't notice tariffs as such. But they respond by buying less, lowering their well...
Marginal Revolution
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday assorted links
1. "The ability to causally interact with your partner is important to many aspects of happy romantic relationships, but not to all of them." 2. The revival of the Maori language in New Zealand (NYT). 3. Is male formidability correlated with anti-ega...
Marginal Revolution
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What should Robert Wiblin ask Tyler Cowen?
Robert will be interviewing me later this week, as an installment of Conversations with Tyler, just as Patrick Collison once interviewed me a while back.  At least part of the interview will focus on my forthcoming book Stubborn Attachments: A Vision...
Marginal Revolution
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The future of retail surveillance?
"We learn behaviors of what it looks like to leave," said Michael Suswal, Standard Cognition's co-founder and chief operating officer. Trajectory, gaze and speed are especially useful for detecting theft, he said, adding, "If they're going to steal, ...
Marginal Revolution
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Are generational or cohort-level changes strong?
Here is the view of Kali H. Trzesniewski and M. Brent Donnellan, in their piece "Rethinking "Generation Me": A Study of Cohort Effects from 1976-2006": Social commentators have argued that changes over the last decades have coalesced to create a rela...
Marginal Revolution
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Ain't no $20 bills on this Cambridge sidewalk…not any more…
An art installation made up of £1,000 worth of penny coins left in a disused fountain disappeared in just over one day. The 100,000 pennies were placed in the fountain at Quayside in Cambridge at 08:00 BST on Saturday and were due to be left for 48 h...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday assorted links
1. The burgled Kiwi professor (by Chinese spies?). 2. Murakami's short history of Japanese fiction. 3. Why isn't Senegal richer? 4. "The 33-year-old Kipchoge, who is 5 foot 6 and weighs 115 pounds, had run 26 straight blazingly fast 4-minute 38-secon...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, September 17, 2018

Do Boys Have a Comparative Advantage in Math and Science?
Even with a question mark my title, Do Boys Have a Comparative Advantage in Math and Science, is likely to appear sexist. Am I suggesting the boys are better at math and science than girls? No, I am suggesting they might be worse. Consider first the ...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, September 17, 2018

Who has led the most interesting life?
In recent times, that is.  Devon Zuegel asks: Who would you name as a contender for having led the most interesting life in the last 100 years? Keynes pops to mind as one contender.  He was a top-tier intellect and economist, he was closely connected...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, September 17, 2018

Markets in everything
I am surprised issues of this kind have taken so long to surface: Amazon is investigating claims that employees accepted bribes to disclose confidential data that would give sellers that use its marketplace a competitive advantage. The company confir...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, September 16, 2018

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