Michael Giberson For DC United fans, the MLS season is over. While some fans contemplate coaching and roster changes, a few of us are still scratching our heads about the MLS tiebreaker rules and the complications presented by the final weekend of play (which had five teams angling for two remaining post-season positions. See here … More More post-season tournament design issues: MLS tiebreakers
Lynne Kiesling If you aren’t listening to EconTalk (and you should be, it’s wonderful!), you will miss Russ Roberts talking with Charlie Calomiris about financial crises. Truly, simply, unequivocally outstanding. Charlie brings the perspective of an economic historian along with his prodigious background in macroeconomic theory and his deep institutional knowledge about banking history. Almost … More Calomiris on EconTalk
Michael Giberson Joshua Keating, in Foreign Policy, offers a photo essay on lithium extraction in Bolivia. Keating said: Bolivia hopes its lithium treasure can pull it up from the bottom rungs of the global economy, but as countries throughout the developing world have learned the hard way, resource wealth can just as easily lead to … More Where does lithium come from, anyway?
Lynne Kiesling I am doing a lot of reading and thinking, trying to make some headway on a way-overdue paper, and have been reading a striking working paper from David Colander, Richard Holt, and Barkley Rosser, “The Complexity Era in Economics” (August 2009). Their insights are directed toward the evolution of economics methodology and the … More Some complexity-based thoughts on macro
Michael Giberson Another few price gouging cases settled by the Attorneys General of Virginia and North Carolina arising from complaints filed during Hurricane Ike in September 2008. From North Carolina, via the AG’s press release: Cooper filed suit in October of 2008 against Steve Compton, owner and manager of Tire Pro, also known as Troy … More Attorneys General in Virginia and North Carolina continue to prosecute Hurricane Ike price gouging cases
Michael Giberson The NCAA post-season basketball tournament is seeded such that better teams are paired against weaker teams in the first round. In fact, the highest seeded team is paired against the weakest team, the second highest seeded team against the next weakest team, and so on. If the better seeded teams win each game, … More Post-season tournament design: Seeding issues
Michael Giberson On Marc Gunther’s blog, a guest post by John Harrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues that the “last thing renewable energy needs right now are new transmission lines.” The view is not, he admits, shared by folks in the renewable energy business. The ILSR has a second edition out of a … More New transmission lines are the last thing renewable power needs, says John Harrell