Virginia Postrel On Economic History

Virginia’s recent New York Times column includes an interview with my friend and mentor Joel Mokyr, who recently edited the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, which was published last fall. It’s a masterful work, with over 900 entries (complete with references) on a vast array of topics. For example, I wrote three entries for the … More Virginia Postrel On Economic HistoryMore Virginia Postrel On Economic History

Salad Bowl?

This witty little article from the Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi recounts how the author and her sister, as an antidote to five ceaseless days of college football, curled up on the sofa and watched all six hours of Pride and Prejudice. Instead of nachos and chili, we had mimosas and brunch. In lieu of recliners and … More Salad Bowl?More Salad Bowl?

Electronic Frontier Foundation

I should add, both for those unfamiliar and for full disclosure, that John Perry Barlow founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, of which my husband and I are members. … More Electronic Frontier Foundation

Updates To The Blogroll

In cleaning house today I’ve updated the blogroll to reflect changes in my reading patterns, and I encourage you to visit folks such as Rand Simberg/Transterrestrial Musings, CrumbTrail, and Professor Bainbridge, if you don’t already. And I am thrilled, just absolutely thrilled, to be able to add John Perry Barlow to my list. I have … More Updates To The BlogrollMore Updates To The Blogroll

The Endangered Species Act At Age 30

Lots of interesting commentary on the recent 30th birthday of the Endangered Species Act. Let’s start with Juan non-Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy, with a post chock-full of good links to follow with more information on how miserably the ESA has failed to meet its objectives. One of the most important observations from Juan’s post … More The Endangered Species Act At Age 30More The Endangered Species Act At Age 30

Carnival Of The Capitalists: Economics Reality TV

A third post that intrigued me was Bill Cholenski’s post at Catallarchy on the PBS history reality shows. Bill’s list of the free-market/Austrian/Hayekian principles that people would learn from these experiences is good: 1) They allow one to observe the subtle changes in the way a person thinks and acts when placed in a different … More Carnival Of The Capitalists: Economics Reality TVMore Carnival Of The Capitalists: Economics Reality TV

Carnival Of The Capitalists: Gas Pricing In Iraq

One other post that caught my attention is Kevin Brancato’s observations on gasoline price controls in Iraq: I found out that not only is the price ceiling set really low, there is a state monopoly on retail gasoline stations. Kevin’s lesson in basic economics is important: an artificially low price for a scarce good, and … More Carnival Of The Capitalists: Gas Pricing In IraqMore Carnival Of The Capitalists: Gas Pricing In Iraq

Carnival Of The Capitalists: Highway Pricing

Carnival of the Capitalists, hosted this week at A Special Kind of Stupid, highlights a lot of the interesting posts during my absence. Of particular interest to me is Steve Verdon’s post on highway congestion pricing, an idea that has been way, way too long in coming. Steve spends a lot of the post delving … More Carnival Of The Capitalists: Highway PricingMore Carnival Of The Capitalists: Highway Pricing

Brrr, Chilly!

It’s bone-numbingly cold here in Chicago today; at last report the temp was still in the single digits and the wind chill was hovering around -10F. And the reason I came back from the ASSA meetings in San Diego was … ? At least we finally have some snow, and may have a fresh layer … More Brrr, Chilly!More Brrr, Chilly!