Good Ben Muse Post on the Ethanol Tariff

Lynne Kiesling Ben Muse has a good, link-filled post about the ethanol tariff. I am shocked, shocked to hear that the Renewable Fuels Association argues that we should not eliminate the tariff … here’s my favorite part: Renewable fuels are produced only in countries where programs have been created to assist in their production. Thus, … More Good Ben Muse Post on the Ethanol TariffMore Good Ben Muse Post on the Ethanol Tariff

The New Passat Ad

Lynne Kiesling I finally saw the new Passat ad that Grant McCracken analyzed late last week (read Grant’s post if you haven’t seen the ad). I don’t completely agree with Grant that it’s a little smug, because at least in the one I saw all of the cars with the megaphones were brash, garish, expensive … More The New Passat AdMore The New Passat Ad

Greg Mankiw and Austrian Economics

Lynne Kiesling One thing I like about Greg Mankiw is his sincerity. It resonates through all of the posts on his relatively new blog, which I am enjoying. It also fills in some of the areas where I don’t pay such careful attention in economics, because I think the intersection of his research interests and … More Greg Mankiw and Austrian EconomicsMore Greg Mankiw and Austrian Economics

The Business Case for Advanced Metering Technology

Lynne Kiesling One day last week, there was a large color IBM ad on the back page of the front section of the Wall Street Journal. This ad talked about the value to homes, businesses, and electricity companies of having plugs that could communicate information back to the electricity companies and network operators. They’ve run … More The Business Case for Advanced Metering TechnologyMore The Business Case for Advanced Metering Technology

Chefs More Important Than Politicians: A Sign of Progress

Lynne Kiesling While I’m in England, Mr. Stumbling & Mumbling has a post on income inequality in 1987 and today. Punch line: no change; the progressiveness of direct taxation and the regressiveness of indirect taxation offset each other. But what caught my attention was how he led in to his discussion: Remember 1987? When Nigella’s … More Chefs More Important Than Politicians: A Sign of ProgressMore Chefs More Important Than Politicians: A Sign of Progress

Here’s A Thought: Instead of Drought Orders, Try Prices!

Lynne Kiesling Due to a sustained shortfall in rain, portions of Southeast England now face a drought order for the coming summer: England’s first drought order in a decade was imposed in the South East today as fears continued about a water crisis in parts of the UK. Sutton and East Surrey Water was granted … More Here’s A Thought: Instead of Drought Orders, Try Prices!More Here’s A Thought: Instead of Drought Orders, Try Prices!