Ta-Nehisi Coates Convocation Thursday

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 10:28am
We are fortunate to have on campus one of America’s rising public intellectuals, Ta-Nehisi Coates, to deliver the Convocation on Thursday.  His talk is “Race in America: A Deeper Black,” starts at 11:10 in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Mr. Coates is a recipient of one of this year’s Macarthur “Genius” Awards,  and his recent book, Between … Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates Convocation Thursday

Innovation in Everything

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 6:46pm
What distinguishes the ‘scientific’ economist from all the other people who think, talk, and write about economic topics is a command of techniques that we class under three heads: history, statistics, and ‘theory.’ The three together make up what we call Economic Analysis. That’s Joseph Schumpeter in Chapter 2 of his famous History of Economic Analysis. … Continue reading Innovation in Everything

De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum… but still

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:01pm
As students in my 300 class will soon learn, one of the bedrocks of consumer choice theory is that we take tastes as given. In a possibly related note, this house was just brought to my attention.

************ Advice for Potential Majors & AIM Placement

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:44am
Here is our message to those of you thinking about pursuing an economics major (or minor).  For more on the collegiate economics major more generally, here is some information from the American Economics Association. Advice to Potential Majors:  Students interested in a major in Economics should begin with introductory classes in economics and mathematics.  The … Continue reading ************ Advice for Potential Majors & AIM Placement

GDP: Useful Construct or Weapon of Mass Misdirection

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:32am
Estimates of GDP growth vary widely (often well over 1 percentage point) from the initial one (typically at the end of the first month after the quarter) to a final one (up to a year later).  This post addresses such variation and the debate about whether it arises from measurement error or definitions based on … Continue reading GDP: Useful Construct or Weapon of Mass Misdirection

What Can I do with an Economics Major?

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:34am
Why not take him/her out to lunch with you? No, no, no.  Of course, I’m talking about what sort of Life After Lawrence is out there for our economics majors?  Well, the American Economic Association is encouraging its members to share this video.  Here’s the link: A career in Economics… it’s much more than you think Much … Continue reading What Can I do with an Economics Major?

In your life expect some trouble, when you worry you make it double…

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:00pm
Those of you interested in international financial markets probably noticed there have been some rather dramatic changes in the the major stock indices over the past week.   The US benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17, 345 last Thursday and subsequently plummeted to 15,666 at the close of business Tuesday.  Following a turbulent Friday and … Continue reading In your life expect some trouble, when you worry you make it double…

River Red

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:24pm
Some of you have certainly read about the mishap at the “abandoned” Gold King mine site in Colorado that left Animas River a peculiar shade of orange — here is a before and after picture that I nabbed from Reddit. The basic story is that EPA is working to reclaim and shore up a historic mine … Continue reading River Red

A grave note

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:40am
I had coffee with Tim Dahlstrom ’16 a couple of days ago, which is not very unexpected, except that we had it in a cafe with a view on the Kremlin. I am here visiting family, and he is here practicing his Russian and prepping for the GRE. He shared with me afterwards this photo, … Continue reading A grave note

Technological Anxiety and Economic Growth

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 8:54am
Prominent economic historian Joel Mokyr and two co-authors, Chris Vickers and Nicholas Ziebarth, provide a compelling discussion of the historical relationships among technology, economic growth, and (cultural and other forms of) anxiety.  They address three major forces: 1. Widespread substitution of capital for labor in the short run with beneficial long run trends for employment … Continue reading Technological Anxiety and Economic Growth

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