Women Bloggers

This New York Times article from Thanksgiving lists me as a woman blogger who writes about economics and energy deregulation. I appreciate that Lisa Guernsey, the author, also noted my link to Bonne Marie Burns’ Chicknits weblog! Gee whiz. I hope Megan McArdle does show up on Ms. magazine’s master list of women bloggers, although … More Women BloggersMore Women Bloggers

Liberty, Socialized Health Costs, And Secondhand Smoke

Sasha Volokh has a great post today on the speciousness of the fiscal responsibility arguments for the paternalistic banning of smoking in public places. His links to Kip Viscusi’s risk assessment work are also very useful. … More Liberty, Socialized Health Costs, And Secondhand Smoke

Let United Airlines Exit The Industry

And while I’m at it, United Airlines’ impending bankruptcy prompts me to post a link to this commentary on airline bailout proposals that I wrote in November 2001. An excerpt: But at its core, the reason why we should not bail out either the airlines or the insurance industry is simple we benefit from … More Let United Airlines Exit The IndustryMore Let United Airlines Exit The Industry

FERC’s Standard Market Design OP-ED

On Tuesday an op-ed I wrote about the value to getting over the California crisis and pursuing some standardized market rules ran in the Orange County Register; the text of it is here. While I do not support the approach FERC is following in its current proposal, as Brian Mannix and I argued in our … More FERC’s Standard Market Design OP-EDMore FERC’s Standard Market Design OP-ED

Virginia Postrel On Gifts Of Athena

Virginia Postrel’s Economic Scene column in today’s New York Times highlights some of the arguments in Joel Mokyr’s new book, The Gifts of Athena. Virginia’s treatment captures the book’s focus on transmission and distribution of “useful knowledge” as the source of the dramatic shift toward increasing economic performance in the 19th century. It’s a wonderful … More Virginia Postrel On Gifts Of AthenaMore Virginia Postrel On Gifts Of Athena