Wsj Review of The Enlightened Economy

Lynne Kiesling I recently recommended Joel Mokyr’s The Enlightened Economy and mentioned that I was going to have a more lengthy discussion of it soon. I still have things I want to say about it, but Trevor Butterworth fills some of the void with his review in the Wall Street Journal. Butterworth has some pointed … More Wsj Review of The Enlightened Economy

Klein’s Review of The Wealth of Networks

Lynne Kiesling I like Peter Klein’s review in the Independent Review of Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks. Apart from giving a good overview of the Benkler work, Peter offers some original insights that are worth thinking about. For example: To ensure open access to the networked economy, Benkler favors a public-ownership network infrastructure, loose … More Klein’s Review of The Wealth of Networks

Wsj Profile of Pete Boettke and Modern Austrian Economics

Lynne Kiesling This weekend’s Wall Street Journal has, for your reading pleasure, a wonderful profile of Pete Boettke. Many of you know Pete as an economics professor at George Mason, a contributor to Coordination Problem, and a tireless and fierce intellect to be reckoned with. He is also a good friend to Knowledge Problem, and … More Wsj Profile of Pete Boettke and Modern Austrian Economics

Tres Amigas Project Overview

Michael Giberson The Texas Tribune offers an up-to-date overview of the Tres Amigas project. Here is the intro: Texas has always operated its own energy grid, separate from the two other grids that span the rest of the nation. But a project quietly emerging in eastern New Mexico would curb that independence — and affect … More Tres Amigas Project Overview

Economic Analysis of Localvore Choices

Lynne Kiesling Last night the KP Spouse and I spontaneously decided to go out to dinner. We went to Chalkboard, our favorite restaurant near our house, and I ordered a salad as a starter (and amazingly delicious Hawaiian Ono as a main course, yum yum). We were chatting with the chef later (it being a … More Economic Analysis of Localvore Choices

Rainy Days, but Not Sundays, Will Get Them Down

Michael Giberson From the “Things that make you go Hmmmm” file, note things take an interesting turn in paragraph 4: W2 Energy, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has become a research affiliate of the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE). AzRISE (www.azrise.org) is a global institute at the University of Arizona in … More Rainy Days, but Not Sundays, Will Get Them Down

The History of Price Regulation is a Tale of Woe

Michael Giberson I suppose it is still true that, as Raymond de Roover wrote in 1958, “The history of price regulation remains to be written….”  The full sentence and several more (emphasis added): The history of price regulation remains to be written, but we know it to be a tale of woe. In the absence … More The History of Price Regulation is a Tale of Woe

Bootleggers and Baptists Alert: Riaa and Radio Broadcasters

Lynne Kiesling Bruce Yandle, call your office — it’s another bootleggers and Baptists alert! This time it’s RIAA and radio broadcasters, who usually are at loggerheads over things like song royalties but have found common cause and joined forces to lobby the FCC to mandate that all mobile devices have an FM receiver implanted in … More Bootleggers and Baptists Alert: Riaa and Radio Broadcasters

Harder to Hand out Subsidies Than You Think

Michael Giberson It is harder to hand out subsidies than you think, or at least hard to do it well. The Arizona Republic explains some of the difficulties utilities in the state are having with their renewable energy subsidy programs.  For example, when Salt River Project announced it was going to cut it’s subsidy for … More Harder to Hand out Subsidies Than You Think

What I’ve Been Reading … and Related Videos!

Lynne Kiesling One thing I’ve been doing a lot this summer is catching up on my reading, both on books I’ve had on my list for a while and new releases. Right now I am in the middle of Mises’ Human Action, which I am slightly embarrassed to say I’ve never read from the beginning … More What I’ve Been Reading … and Related Videos!