Category Archives: Economical Musings

Should Adjuncts Should Be Paid $15,000 per Course?

[Co-published at Hit Coffee] The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has proposed that adjuncts should get paid $15,000 per course. [O]rganizers argue that if you’re teaching a full load of three courses per semester, that comes out to $90,000 in … Continue reading

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Inflated Worry of Inflation

I’m not sure why I get certain “suggested posts” in my Facebook feed, but I assume it’s the company I keep. For instance I get articles on Native American issues (which I like getting) despite being as Euro-American as they … Continue reading

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I’m Certified!

Can I put this on my CV? Granted, Marginal Revolution University isn’t accredited (but it’s also free–I assume there’s a positive correlation between those two variables), but it’s courses are taught by highly qualified economists. OK, so it won’t get … Continue reading

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Say What?

I’m spending my Christmas vacation prepping a new course on globalization, which involves reading every one of the 71 articles in a globalization reader to see which ones I want to use. An in a piece on global organized crime … Continue reading

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Arbitrage!

This comes from Alan LeMay’s novel The Searchers (you may have seen the film, starring John Wayne), where he’s writing about trade between Euro-Americans and Native Americans in the late 19th century. And they took a great quantity of sheet-iron … Continue reading

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More Austerity Success?

Tyler Cowen quotes Ari Shavit on Stanley Fischer: …he [Fischer] utters the relevant figures in slow, measured, Anglo-Saxon Hebrew. In the years 2004 to 2008, Israel’s average annual growth rate was 5.2 percent. While the world was in crisis in … Continue reading

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Vouchers, Mutatis Mutandis

Protestors blocked a Google bus in San Francisco. Google uses private buses to transport employees to its campus, but critics have an oddly familiar complaint. Foes say the buses jam up municipal bus stops and remove potential customers from cash-strapped … Continue reading

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The Effects of Minimum Wage

With talk about increasing the minimum wage up to $10+/hour, the econ blogs have been alive with minimum wage chatter the last week or so, and purely coincidentally one of my students presented his senior research on the effects of … Continue reading

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Has the ACA Bent the Health Care Cost Curve?

White House advisor David Cutler says yes: In 2007, Obama asserted that his health-care reform plan would save $2,500 per family relative to the trends at the time… Yet events have shown him to be right. Between early 2009 and … Continue reading

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Writing on a Deadline?

This is old, from 2011, but I just now stumbled across it while looking up other stuff. It’s Krugman, blaming an increase in the price of gold on….Glenn Beck. Don’t take my word for it; read it yourself. Krugman quotes … Continue reading

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