Assorted Links (9/17/2009)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Behavioral Economics


Wall Street Journal: “We’re about to destroy the environment in the name of saving it.”

Financial Crisis

  • The Stimulus Didn’t Work, by John Cogan, John Taylor and Volker Wieland

Wall Street Journal: “The data show government transfers and rebates have not increased consumption at all.”

Health Care Reform


  • The Right Way to Pray?, by Zev Chafets

New York Times: “Americans aren’t sure they know how to talk to God. Fortunately, there is plenty of instruction available.”


    • Are Your Friends Making You Fat?, by Clive Thompson

    New York Times: “Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler say your friends — and even your friends’ friends — can make you quit smoking, eat too much or get happy. A look inside the emerging science of social contagion.”