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Arnold Kling: March 2006

An Author Archive by Month (31 entries)

Management by Re-organization

Business Economics
Arnold Kling
James Pinkerton pushes an idea to make the Federal government more effective. [Former Congressman Bob] Walker's idea, which makes it print debut here in TCSDaily, is this: Take the functions of the federal executive branch and turn them all into... MORE

Health Care Live and in Concert

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
On Wednesday, March 29th, if you're a Capitol Hill type, you can hear me at a live gig at noon. B-339 Rayburn. Topic is health care policy. And if you thought that George Mason taking on U-Conn was tough, see... MORE

The Jane Galt Health Plan

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
In the last of a good series of posts on health care, she writes, Have the government pay for all health care expenditures above 15% of adjusted gross income, and cover 100% of health care expenditures by people living under... MORE

Transparent Government and Libertarianism

Political Economy
Arnold Kling
Will Wilkinson writes, [There is ] a big principle-agent/incentive compatibility problem between representatives and the citizens they represent. Politicians want to get re-elected. If they can subsidize interest group A at group B’s expense without group B really noticing due... MORE

My take on anti-foreign bias

International Trade
Arnold Kling
In my latest essay, I write, The Battle of the Borders is a distraction. In the context of an existential threat coming from militant Islam, Mexicans and other Hispanics seeking better opportunity in the United States are, at worst, a... MORE

Health Care Spending

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
A blogger writes, Yes, yes, hindsight is 20/20. But the fact that the patient started to improve clinically within about 4 days of her inpatient hospital course (and with that, essentially showed us that she had mono, not lymphoma) makes... MORE

Rogoff vs. Blinder

Growth: Consequences
Arnold Kling
Ken Rogoff writes, Globalization proceeded at a rapid pace through much of the last century, and at a particularly accelerated rate during its last two decades. Yet the vast body of evidence suggests that technological changes were a much bigger... MORE

Methodological Individualism

Austrian Economics
Arnold Kling
Don Boudreaux explains, Whatever the topic -- war, economic growth, government regulation -- the only way to achieve genuine understanding of what's going on is to trace all actions back to the individuals who take them. The fact that individuals... MORE

Alan Blinder is not Boring

Political Economy
Arnold Kling
In another paper, on the relationship between economics and policy, he writes, In the academic world, where we routinely prepare papers that perhaps two dozen other people will ever read, the standards of evidence are quite strict. Proofs must be... MORE

Alan Blinder is Not Stupid

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Arnold Kling
Despite Harold Meyerson's make-work bias interpretation, Blinder's actual paper says, The job categories that will move offshore as the Information Age progresses will not disappear entirely from the U.S. and other rich countries. But their shares of the work forces... MORE

Economic Fallacies

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Arnold Kling
Two painfully bad op-eds in the Washington Post today. First, Robert J. Samuelson writes, What we have now -- and would with guest workers -- is a conscious policy of creating poverty in the United States while relieving it in... MORE

Charles Murray writes, Instead of sending taxes to Washington, straining them through bureaucracies and converting what remains into a muddle of services, subsidies, in-kind support and cash hedged with restrictions and exceptions, just collect the taxes, divide them up, and... MORE

News Without Paper

Information Goods, Intellectual Property
Arnold Kling
Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes, What would a new-era newspaper look like? First, I think I'd skip the "paper" part. I've visited a lot of newspaper offices, and many of them proudly display the printing presses that produce their product, just... MORE

Cognitive Economics?

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Arnold Kling
Craig A. Lambert writes, the Russell Sage Foundation, which devotes itself to research in the social sciences, consistently supported behavioral economics, even when it was in the intellectual wilderness. Current Sage president Eric Wanner, Ph.D. ’69, whose doctorate is in... MORE

Libertarian Health Care Reform

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
Will Wilkinson writes, I believe that the state’s grant of monopoly privelege to certain official certifying agencies has a lot do do with the high cost of health care. Besides creating artificial scarcity (and therefore huge rents for M.D.s), the... MORE

Public Choice Theory, Example n

Public Choice Theory
Arnold Kling
Andrew Samwick quotes a New York Times story on how Congress is "improving" the private pension system. Someone must pay for this. Currently, the pension agency finances itself in part through the insurance premiums that companies are required to pay... MORE

Slate Produces Two Good Columns

Social Security
Arnold Kling
William Saletan writes, The point of Social Security was to subsidize those who couldn't work, not those who could. The program's founding document said it would support old people who were "dependent," "beyond the productive period" and "without means of... MORE

Type II error

Political Economy
Arnold Kling
"Where's Arnold?" you may be asking. I had jury duty this week, and it was a difficult criminal case. We deliberated for almost three days, and deadlocked at 6-6. Loosely speaking, the liberals voted acquittal, and the conservatives voted conviction.... MORE

More on Krugman and Wells

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
I write, They argue that eventually we will need government rationing of health care. But they say that this issue can be deferred, because in the short run the shift to a government-run health care finance system would save enough... MORE

Tyler Cowen's Evil Twin on the Minimum Wage

Price Controls
Arnold Kling
Tyrone writes, Minimum wages probably lower the net amount of government intervention in an economy. Lower minimum wages would mean higher welfare payments to make up the difference. Ever heard of EITC? In reality, minimum wages and EITC work together... MORE

Great Minds on Health Care?

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
Clive Crook writes, Citizens everywhere desire unrestricted access to state-of-the-art technologies. Increasingly, they insist on choice and control, too. Yet they are unwilling to pay what those things cost. People demand as a right the best health care money can... MORE

Pushback on "Fair Use" for Patents

Information Goods, Intellectual Property
Arnold Kling
Michael Rosen and Thomas J. Van Gilder write, The patent system has not developed such a mechanism ["fair use"]. This is so in part because patents tend to deal more with the physical implementation of ideas rather than their expression.... MORE

Socialized Medicine

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
Paul Krugman and Robin Wells write, If US politicians could be persuaded of the advantages of a public health insurance system, the next step would be to convince them of the virtues, in at least some cases, of honest-to-God socialized... MORE

Debate vs. Theater

Economics and Culture
Arnold Kling
David Friedman writes, Many years ago, when I was the guest on a show whose host I knew, I was struck by how much less pleasant a person he was on the air than off. I concluded that he was... MORE

Inequality

Income Distribution
Arnold Kling
Inequality is the topic of both the latest Cato Unbound and the latest WSJ Celebrity Death Match. In the Cato piece, David Schmidtz writes, Here is a truism about the wealth of nations: Zero-sum games do not increase it. Historically,... MORE

Tyler Cowen, Unplugged

Economics and Culture
Arnold Kling
He says, the President’s tax commission came up with a proposal to reduce tax deductions for some kinds of nonprofit organizations. In my view, that would be a mistake. I have a Tocquevillean sympathy for the proliferation of intermediate institutions... MORE

Licensed to Rent-Seek

Public Choice Theory
Arnold Kling
Alan B. Krueger reports on Morris M. Kleiner's research on occupational licensing. He provides much evidence that the balance of occupational licensing has shifted away from protecting consumers and toward limiting the supply of workers in various professions. A result... MORE

The Blackberry Patent Dispute

Information Goods, Intellectual Property
Arnold Kling
I offer my two cents. Some of the problems with patent laws could be fixed by developing standards for "fair use." Under a "fair use" standard, there would be circumstances where one company could use another company's patented ideas in... MORE

Delayed Marriage, Declining Fertility

Economics and Culture
Arnold Kling
A book chapter by Francesco Billari says, In 1980, in most countries [the report is on Europe], first marriage was experienced on average before age 25 for women: only a few exceptions existed. This pattern completely changed in the next... MORE

A Patriarchy Complex?

Economics and Culture
Arnold Kling
Phillip Longman writes, Advanced societies are growing more patriarchal, whether they like it or not. In addition to the greater fertility of conservative segments of society, the rollback of the welfare state forced by population aging and decline will give... MORE

Health Care Op-Eds

Economics of Health Care
Arnold Kling
In the San Francisco Chronicle, one by your truly. Those of us who propose market-oriented health-care reform need to spell out what this will mean for consumers -- how it will increase their responsibility to study the costs and benefits... MORE

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