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Art Carden: December 2013

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Why I Fight Write

Economic History
Art Carden
This is my last post of my my guest blogging stint for EconLog. I want to thank everyone at Liberty Fund who helped make this possible, and I especially want to thank EconLog permanent bloggers David Henderson and Bryan Caplan... MORE

Immigrants and their Motivations, Part 2

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Art Carden
Thanks to David for his very kind words. I've enjoyed my EconLog stint and will resume more regular writing for Forbes.com as well as a new gig with DepositAccounts.com in January. This isn't quite my last post; that will be... MORE

Should We Forgive Student Loan Debt?

Economics of Education
Art Carden
David Pritchard kindly directed me to this April 2012 article he wrote for Occupy.com, in part a response to this piece I wrote in October, 2011. Pritchard criticizes securities based on student loans and notes that they are subsidized; however,... MORE

Immigrants and Their Motivations

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Art Carden
People fear that immigrants will compromise American culture and vote enthusiastically for policies that restrict our freedoms. Laying aside the fact that immigration restrictions are already a massive encroachment upon my freedom--why should I be prevented from hiring anyone I... MORE

The venerable Jeffrey Tucker did a Reddit AMA (AMA = "ask me anything") yesterday for the Anarcho-Capitalism subreddit. I asked a question on where people can best develop substitutes for what the state does, and the moderators asked me to... MORE

Climate Stabilizers: How Do People Adjust?

Growth: Consequences
Art Carden
I just read Ronald Bailey's article "Ugly Climate Models" to which co-blogger David Henderson linked below. From what I can gather, it looks like it's clear that the world is getting hotter and that human activity is contributing to it.... MORE

Brace Yourselves. The In-Laws are coming. With that in mind, here are a few things from my archive that you might wish to discuss in between bouts of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men this Christmas. 1. Christmas and... MORE

Writing op-eds and blogging is a nice way to have a few nice things and to make sure the bills stay paid. Forbes has obviously been great for me, and I've written several pieces for the Washington Examiner. I've just... MORE

Economics in One Meme: Growing Again

Central Planning vs. Local Knowledge
Art Carden
At the beginning of 2012, I created a Facebook page called "Economics in One Meme." It went dormant for most of the Fall because the meme creator I was using (Quickmeme) got banned from Reddit and then changed its format... MORE

Earlier today, I read an article trumpeting the "success" of a charity drive that received a lot of donations and that raised a lot of money. I'm not going to link to the article because I don't want to single... MORE

Interest is Special, Says Special Interest

Microeconomics
Art Carden
Regular readers of EconLog know that I, like Bryan Caplan, try to follow Rolf Dobelli's advice and Avoid News. Here's one reason why. Scan the headlines and look for claims about programs that are Obviously Good Ideas, according to Some... MORE

I, Christmas

Central Planning vs. Local Knowledge
Art Carden
Obligatory head-shaking at the commercialization of Christmas? Check. Now on with the post. While procrastinating on Twitter getting ready to dive head-first into a series of research projects this morning, I came across this video from WestJet Airlines (HT: Jon... MORE

I want to maximize bang for my charitable bucks; good stewardship demands it (here's one way, for example). Should I, therefore, participate in Christmas toy drives or other holiday giving opportunities? Or should I instead spread my giving more evenly... MORE

This morning, I skimmed through a textbook on Alabama history that I picked up at Goodwill earlier this semester so I can bring myself up to speed on some of the major facts, themes, names, and dates in Alabama history... MORE

What should students learn in their introductory economics courses? Are we, as Mike Konczal argues, "teaching economics backwards" (HT: Justin Wolfers via Twitter)? I'm sympathetic to Konczal's argument that we need to focus more of our attention on the institutions... MORE

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