Local TV news coverage of the proposed end of 90+ years of electric competition in Lubbock

Michael Giberson I was interested when one of the local news shows  ended their 6 o’clock news segment yesterday on the proposed purchase of Xcel’s Lubbock electric system by Lubbock Power & Light by saying, “Coming up tonight on NewsChannel 11 at ten we hear from an economist and teacher who tells us the other … More Local TV news coverage of the proposed end of 90+ years of electric competition in Lubbock

In principle I’m in favor of spending money on economists

Michael Giberson George Soros has promised to spend $5 million a year for 10 years to support an Institute for New Economic Thinking to be hosted at Central European University in Budapest.  According to the INET website, the Institute will make research grants, convene symposia, and establish a journal. As part of the announcement, Soros … More In principle I’m in favor of spending money on economists

Raising a generation of grittier children

Michael Giberson Do we need “grittier” children?  No, not messier children, but children with more grit, as in more stick-to-it-iveness and dedication.  A growing body of evidence is supporting the obvious – that success requires dedication and effort as much or more than intelligence.  Maybe obvious, but for decades the U.S. educational system and career … More Raising a generation of grittier children

Stay in school

Michael Giberson A few years ago I attended a free concert in the park in Arlington, Virginia by The Grandsons. Between songs lead guitarist Alan MacEwen observed that the bass player had a gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey the night before and had barely arrived at the park moments before the concert was to … More Stay in school

Mankiw on the B-School Economist

Michael Giberson Mankiw speculates on the differences between Econ department economists and business school economists. Among his suggestions, self-selection by the faculty member, the kind of research rewarded in each place, and this remark about the focus of students: Faculty who teach PhD students are used to being asked, “How did you derive that first-order … More Mankiw on the B-School Economist

Lubbock Cycling Chic

Michael Giberson Tomorrow is the annual “Lowrider/Dream bike” parade on the Texas Tech University campus. The event is part of program in which TTU art students and science and engineering students mentor middle schoolers who assemble and customize a bicycle. There are a lot of very sound pedagogical reasons to think that such hands-on activities … More Lubbock Cycling Chic

Reiham Salam on the angelheaded hipsters at SXSW Interactive

Michael Giberson At The Atlantic‘s business blog, Reiham Salam invokes sci-fi author Vernor Vinge as he contemplates the meaning of what he saw at the SXSW Interactive Festival, but his post put me more in mind of these famous opening lines: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, … More Reiham Salam on the angelheaded hipsters at SXSW Interactive

Because it is not news until it is on Comedy Central; or, carbon taxes their brains

Michael Giberson Carbon tax and cap-and-trade fun, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and bloggers at Common Tragedies. In brief: on Monday the WSJ lead editorial complained about the distributional effects of cap-and-trade, correctly noting that the effect of pricing carbon would depend on consumption but misleadingly illustrated with a chart based on … More Because it is not news until it is on Comedy Central; or, carbon taxes their brains

Students of energy in universities today will find themselves in a new world tomorrow

Michael Giberson The post title is drawn from the conclusion of Roland Horne’s essay, “The future of petroleum — and of petroleum education.” The essay runs through a peak oil explanation – citing advocates and critics of the concept – and offers a sort of mild endorsement of peak oil theories. However, Horne suggests that … More Students of energy in universities today will find themselves in a new world tomorrowMore Students of energy in universities today will find themselves in a new world tomorrow