Steve Landsburg’s Questions to Oberlin Honors Students

Lynne Kiesling Interesting … via Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing, links to the two parts of Steve Landsburg’s 10-question exam to determine the honors eligibility of Oberlin economics majors for honors. Oberlin always solicits questions from an outside expert, and Landsburg has posted them on his blog, The Big Questions. I also recommend his blog … More Steve Landsburg’s Questions to Oberlin Honors Students

Digging into the Resource Curse: Research into Oil Revenue and Brazilian Municipalities

Michael Giberson A paper by Francesco Caselli and Guy Michaels, “Do Oil Windfalls Improve Living Standards? Evidence from Brazil,” takes a closer look at the how the resource curse works its anti-magic. (Ungated version here.) The abstract: We use variation in oil output among Brazilian municipalities to investigate the effects of resource windfalls. We find … More Digging into the Resource Curse: Research into Oil Revenue and Brazilian Municipalities

Ed Glaeser on Great Cities

Lynne Kiesling A couple of weeks ago I linked to a post from Ed Glaeser on his research on urban dynamism. Glaeser has posted a follow-up to his initial comments. He asks: For decades, economists have debated the “ Dutch Disease” and other ailments associated with too much success. The discovery of natural gas in the … More Ed Glaeser on Great Cities