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Amy Willis: August 2016

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#TWET: Why the Law is so Perverse

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Amy Willis
Having recently been diagnosed with kidney disease, you find yourself in need of a transplant. Fortunately (?), several years ago you joined a kidney club, agreeing to donate one of your own sometime in the future should you be... MORE

#TWET...Slavery & Racism

EconTalk
Amy Willis
Incentives matter, sure. But isn't there a limit to what institutional analysis can (and ought) explain? That's what lingering in my mind after listening to this week's EconTalk episode with everybody's favorite guest, Mike Munger of Duke University. How... MORE

Rio Reality Check

Economic Education
Amy Willis
My family has been enjoying watching the Olympics over the past couple of weeks. The spectacle of sport can be inspirational. (And with a young swimmer in the house, we are ALL about Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps.) If... MORE

#TWET...But What If We're Wrong?

EconTalk
Amy Willis
Why are we so convinced the things we think are true today will still be true for future generations? I mean, everybody knows The Beatles are the greatest rock group of all time, right? (And while pyroseed13 argues in the... MORE

Weekend Wanderings

Economic Education
Amy Willis
Lynne Kiesling at Knowledge Problem drew my attention to this first in a series at The Economist on influential articles in economics. This one highlights George Akerlof's famous 1970 paper, "The Market for Lemons." Akerlof's latest book, Phishing for... MORE

Power corrupts...

Economic Education
Amy Willis
I remain troubled by much of the rhetoric in this US election season... The vitriol often seems to exclude economics. Fortunately, our own Scott Sumner has done some analysis. Here's his take on the economic prospects of a Clinton or... MORE

Weekend Wanderings

Economic Education
Amy Willis
I'm still thinking (a LOT) about last week's EconTalk episode with Angela Duckworth on "Grit." Specifically, "grit" seems one of those oh-so-common-sensical notions...But how, I still wonder, can I teach grit to my son? Or somehow ensure he possesses... MORE

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