Assorted Links (9/30/2009)

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

Behavioral Economics

  • Opting in vs. Opting Out, by Richard Thaler

New York Times: “If choosing to be an organ donor were easier, would more people donate? It’s a question for behavioral economics.”

Health Care Reform

  • How a Tax Can Cut Health Costs, by David Leonhardt

New York Times: “Lobbyists for unions and big business are staunchly opposed to a tax on generous health insurance plans, but their motives are questionable.”

  • The WSJ Guide to ObamaCare – A comprehensive collection of editorials and op-eds published in the Wall Street Journal from February – September 2009.
  • Why Obama Bombed on Health Care, by Holman Jenkins

Wall Street Journal: “The public wasn’t dumb enough to believe the public option would save money.”

Foreign Policy

  • We’ve Been Talking to Iran for 30 Years, by Michael Ledeen

Wall Street Journal: “The seizure of the U.S. embassy followed the failure of Carter administration talks with Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime.”

Risk and Insurance

  • In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (they’re the “crash test” guys) has published a video that shows how a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan fares in a front end crash with a 2009 Chevrolet Impala: