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Arnold Kling: April 2005

An Author Archive by Month (23 entries)

European Demographics

Growth: Causal Factors
Arnold Kling
Another Milken Institute Review article is on aging Europe. I am pretty familiar with the low birth rate and its implications for the size and age distribution of Europe's population. However, this was news to me: few Americans seem aware... MORE

Immigrant Progress

Income Distribution
Arnold Kling
The latest Milken Institute Review has a number of interesting articles. For example, a report on the income status of second-generation immigrants. According to a new Census survey, the 30 million second-generation Americans seem well on their way to achieving... MORE

Acemoglu, Clark Medal winner

Institutional Economics
Arnold Kling
Daron Acemoglu, the latest winner of the Clark Medal, is one more data point in the trend line away from mathematical viruosity and toward the The New Economic Paradigm. Consider, for example, his Lionel Robbins lectures on Understanding Institutions. Institutions,... MORE

Jane Jacobs, Austrian?

Austrian Economics
Arnold Kling
I just finished reading The Economy of Cities, a book written in 1969 by Jane Jacobs. An excerpt from her conclusion: The primary economic conflict, I think, is between people whose interests are with already well-established economic activities, and those... MORE

Libertarianism at Harvard

Economics of Education
Arnold Kling
Jeff Miron, another Bernie-Saffran-influenced economist, is teaching a course on libertarianism at Harvard. The lecture notes are available in pdf format. One of the papers on the reading list for the course, is an article by Miron questioning the case... MORE

Knowledge Problem

Business Economics
Arnold Kling
Lots of good stuff recently at Knowledge Problem. Lynne tells us what to think of the new energy legislation. If you support a forward-looking, dynamic, creative, innovative approach to energy, this is not the legislation for you. If you are... MORE

Vernon Smith on Globalization

International Trade
Arnold Kling
In a wide-ranging lecture, Vernon Smith says, No one has said it better than David Hume over 250 years ago, when he said that there are just three laws of human nature: 1) the right of possession, 2) its transference... MORE

Costs, Benefits, and Health Care

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
I do the arithmetic. Suppose that a medical test costs $1000, and 98 percent of the time it fails to turn up anything that would affect treatment. The other 2 percent of the time, it results in a treatment choice... MORE

Macro Econoblog

Macroeconomics
Arnold Kling
I was asked to do a WSJ Econoblog on the state of the economy. I do not have strongly-held views on macroeconomics, so there was not much disagreement between me and my "opponent," John Irons. Guess which one of us... MORE

Do Facts Matter?

Economics of Education
Arnold Kling
In the recent Larry Summers flap, his chief antagonist was Nancy Hopkins, an MIT biologist. A reader forwarded me a link to a paper by Patricia Hausman and James H. Steiger on an earlier Hopkins controversy. the 1999 publication of... MORE

Economists on Social Security

Social Security
Arnold Kling
The latest issue of Economists' Voice is devoted to Social Security. Note the dates on the articles--some of them are not new. Barbara Bergmann writes, What raising Social Security taxes in advance of higher spending on benefits does is to... MORE

Just Resting

Economic Philosophy
Arnold Kling
Economic behaviorism isn't dead. It's just resting. Or pining for the fjords. Seriously, I think that behaviorism is a reaction against two propositions. One is that we need to examine whether people really optimize. The other is that we need... MORE

International Health Care Comparisons

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
In my latest essay, I write, One way to sort this out would be to conduct a statistically valid comparison of fetal survival rates across countries. In each country to be studied, take a random sample of pregnancies that are... MORE

Nuclear Power Regulation

Energy, Environment, Resources
Arnold Kling
Randall Parker recently sent an email to a few economics bloggers about nuclear power plant regulation. In particular, he asked whether we think that the Price-Anderson Act, which limits the liability of nuclear power plants for accidents, represents an excess... MORE

Health Insurance Puzzle

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
In my latest essay, I write, Ask an economist what is the best type of health insurance, and he or she is likely to respond "catastrophic coverage." ...In practice, we observe very little catastrophic coverage. Instead, the most widespread form... MORE

Health Care and Real Wages

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
Terry Lierman, the Chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, forwarded me a link to an article in the Los Angeles Times about declining real wages. With benefits factored in, workers' total compensation did outpace inflation in 2004, even if they... MORE

More on the Reformation

Economics of Education
Arnold Kling
Steven Roy Goodman writes, Colleges have long been hotbeds of political agitation, of course. But where it was once students who did the acting out, as they spread their intellectual and philosophical wings, now the professors and administrators are more... MORE

Academic Self-selection

Economics of Education
Arnold Kling
Andrew Samwick writes, An elite university is like a kibbutz hooked up to an ATM. It is the closest thing we may ever find to a socialist enterprise that endures. The key element of the kibbutz--that the workers collectively decide... MORE

Health Insurance Administrative Costs

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
In this essay, I suggest how health insurance administrative costs could be reduced. A management consultant would recommend eliminating unnecessary interfaces. For example, you could eliminate state regulators and employers from the insurance process. Having 51 different sets of state... MORE

Gas Price Conspiracy?

Energy, Environment, Resources
Arnold Kling
The Cincinnati Enquirer writes, How can prices climb so much, seemingly overnight, when the gasoline in the tank beneath the station was bought by the retailer a day or two before and was probably refined from crude oil weeks or... MORE

Blue Laws

Regulation and Subsidies
Arnold Kling
The Washington Post reports, Maryland lawmakers yesterday approved legislation that would effectively require Wal-Mart to boost spending on health care... Lawmakers said they did not set out to single out Wal-Mart when they drafted a bill requiring organizations with more... MORE

The Energy Outlook

Energy, Environment, Resources
Arnold Kling
I presume that Alan Greenspan is a relatively well-informed observer. Clearly, limited substitution possibilities across fuels have resulted in persistent cost differentials, but those very differentials inspire the technologies that, over time, reduce such limitations. A clear example is gas-to-liquids... MORE

Social Security

Social Security
Arnold Kling
In this essay, I write Imagine that Social Security had been structured to phase out, so that only those workers now over the age of 30 are required to be in the system. Under this assumed scenario, workers under age... MORE

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