Archive for the ‘The Papers’ Category

Weighting For Medals at Sochi

February 21st, 2014

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “total medal counts” for the Sochi Olympic Games, I always wonder, “sure, but why count all three medal levels as equal?” That is, surely gold is worth more than silver which is worth more than bronze.  Shouldn’t there be some weighting scheme to factor in those… Read more

Can “Smart Guns” Help?

February 19th, 2014

I don’t like to stray too far from my econo-lane, but I’ve long wondered whether a “smart gun” could be developed that could help minimize mass shootings in public places.  The idea would be to require chips in weapons that would essentially shut the firearm off in say, schools or movie theaters. Putting aside the… Read more

Morning Papers: Immigration Reform and the TTIP

June 18th, 2013

A few snippets that caught the under-caffeinated eye: –On immigration reform, don’t watch Rubio, watch Boehner.  That’s what Wonkblog says this AM, and I agree.  In fact, at the risk of being too reductionist in regards to what is obviously a complicated bill and legislative process, whether the bill becomes law is a function of… Read more

Jason Furman to Chair the CEA?

May 28th, 2013

Well, well—I see from the Twitterverse that Council of Economic Adviser Chairman Alan Krueger is going back to Princeton, to be replaced Jason Furman.  That’s a great choice—Jason will make an excellent CEA chair. Even though economic policy isn’t going anywhere fast these days given Congressional gridlock, the CEA chair is an important post.  S/he… Read more