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