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Art Carden: June 2013

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The Most Bourgeois Place on Earth?

Central Planning vs. Local Knowledge
Art Carden
We're halfway through one of those most noble of life's rituals--helping a family member move, in this case, my sister to Minnesota--and we spent this morning at what I would argue is the most bourgeois place on Earth: the Mall... MORE

The Present and the Future Both Need Bastiat

Growth: Causal Factors
Art Carden
I agree with Bryan: Frederic Bastiat's essay "What is Seen and What is Not Seen" is "the pinnacle of profundity." Indeed, on re-reading Bryan's post on Bastiat from last summer, I realized he wrote most of what I was planning... MORE

Parental Economics and Risk: A Couple of Reading Suggestions

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Art Carden
Last week, I raised a few proverbial glasses to my wife and two of my kids. It's only proper that I continue with a few words on parenting. While I've basically given up Facebook (I'm still cleaning out my friends... MORE

In my profession as an economics professor and through churches I have attended, I've been around a lot of people who want to "make a difference." They almost inevitably equate "making a difference" with "working for a government or a... MORE

Happy Anniversary, Shannon Carden

Family Economics
Art Carden
Ten years ago today, our college pastor Scott Sparks--who was at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa before he moved to Knoxville--asked then-Shannon Taylor if she would take me to be her lawfully wedded husband. Shannon said "I do." Ten years,... MORE

Deirdre McCloskey: Julian Simon Award Winner

Economic History
Art Carden
Tonight, I'm introducing Deirdre McCloskey at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual dinner, where she will be recognized with the Institute's 2013 Julian Simon Award. Professor McCloskey is a most deserving recipient and one of the worthy intellectual heirs of Julian... MORE

Efficiency, Equity, and Ideology: What "Other Values" Matter?

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Art Carden
Here's a puzzle I've noticed: criticize government intervention on efficiency grounds, and you will be quick to be told that there are "other values" (equity, for example) that a good society should consider in addition to efficiency. Perhaps you will... MORE

The June issue of Cato Unbound features a lead essay on recycling by Mike Munger and, so far, response essays from Edward Humes, Melissa Walsh Innes, and Steven Landsburg. As of right now, there are also "conversation" essays from Mike... MORE

Happy Birthday, David Carden

Family Economics
Art Carden
One year ago today, we welcomed our third child into the world. We named him David Simon Carden--David for the Old Testament king, foibles and all, and Simon after Julian Simon. One of the most tragic beliefs people have today... MORE

Which Books Should We Re-Read?

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Art Carden
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to... MORE

Happy Birthday, Taylor Grace Carden

Family Economics
Art Carden
Three years ago today, I started learning an important lesson about love. Our daughter, Taylor Grace Carden, was born, and I learned that the love a father feels for his children isn't particularly comparable across kids. It doesn't mean anything... MORE

Why My Billion-Dollar Plan Won't Work The Way I Want it To

Central Planning vs. Local Knowledge
Art Carden
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. - F.A. Hayek On May 29, I offered my proposal for how I would answer Bryan's "spend a... MORE

My latest op-ed was published today by AL.com. In it, I evaluated claims by Senator Jeff Sessions and Rep. Mo Brooks that "we don't have that many jobs" (Sessions) and that "simple economics" says "You increase the supply of anything,... MORE

Atlas Shrugged: My Two Favorite Passages

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Art Carden
Last week, I asked about my two favorite passages in Atlas Shrugged: the tunnel disaster (pp, 539-560 of the Signet 50th Anniversary Edition) and the scene in which the young man Hank Rearden referred to as "Non-Absolute" dies (start on... MORE

On May 29, I explained my answer to Bryan's question about using a billion dollars. I added a bonus question based on a conversation with Bryan: In the short run, Facebook will probably lead to an increase in the divorce... MORE

I already wear a lot of hats. I'm excited to add another: travel writer. I love to travel, and at the beginning of the year, I started dabbling in the world of credit card travel rewards and the like. This... MORE

Foreign Language Study: Should it Be Compulsory?

Cost-benefit Analysis
Art Carden
A few weeks ago, I was in Stockholm, Sweden for a conference. My observations along the way brought to mind co-blogger Bryan Caplan's posts about foreign language requirements(1, 2, 3). Specifically, during my layover in Amsterdam, I noticed that some... MORE

Better Living Through Economics: Using Incentives to Get Fitter

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Art Carden
My latest article at Forbes.com explains the set of self-imposed constraints I'm using to eat better and exercise. I'm threatening myself with a very sharp stick; for every goal I don't meet, I have to give the Democratic Party $5... MORE

Coming Attractions: What To Look For Next Week

Econlog Administrative Issues
Art Carden
I've scheduled my posts for next week. Here's what's in store: 1. Monday: "Foreign Language Study: Should it Be Compulsory?" I was inspired by a recent trip to Sweden. If you're interested in some background reading, Bryan Caplan lit a... MORE

Recent Reading: Fiction Edition

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Art Carden
1. Foundation. I'm working on reading more fiction, and I'm trying to check off some of the classic trilogies and series in fantasy and science fiction. About a year ago, I read C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy (which was brilliant) and... MORE

Five Points in Birmingham is a destination for an interesting combination of good food and crazy. There's a Chick-fil-A in Five Points, and I didn't realize until I read this article that said Chick-fil-A doesn't have a drive-thru. There was,... MORE

The long-promised but slow-in-coming dialogue promised here. PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE Jacob Carden, Age 4 Taylor Grace Carden, Age 2 Dad: Art Carden, an Economist, Age 34 Scene: Chuck E. Cheese's in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Dad: Children, I notice you... MORE

Feeds and Follows: My RSS Feeds and Twitter Follows

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Art Carden
I got a lot of great suggestions from readers when I asked which blogs I should be reading. I'm conflicted: on one hand, blogs bring a lot of great new ideas to my attention, and they have created an amazing... MORE

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