Haidt on political bias among social psychologists

Michael Giberson Several days ago we discussed Jonathan Haidt’s research on libertarianism (see post). In his New York Times column, John Tierney discusses Haidt’s work on political bias among social psychologists: Some of the world’s pre-eminent experts on bias discovered an unexpected form of it at their annual meeting. … It was identified by Jonathan Haidt, … More Haidt on political bias among social psychologists

Could be special pleading on higher education

Michael Giberson The Wall Street Journal reports on recent efforts to make sure that taxpayers are getting their money’s worth from state universities.  Acknowledging that his comments “could be taken as special pleading,” a blogger who is also a Texas state employee providing university students with advanced instruction in financial economics offers his insights about … More Could be special pleading on higher education

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