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
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
Michael Giberson If you are already a rock star and can’t imagine doing anything else, then “money for nothing and your chicks for free” may be a reasonable characterization of your situation. On the other hand, if you’re a teenage boy picking up a guitar and hoping to attain wealth and women, you should consider … More Vehicle-to-grid income and analysis
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
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
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
Michael Giberson Robert Rapier asks what is likely the least frequently asked question ever: “What if I’m wrong?” Rapier explores that question with respect to his beliefs on peak oil and global warming, but it is good, all-around, general purpose question that should be put to more frequent use.