Assorted Links (1/4/2011)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading lately:

Visitors snap up 100 trillion Zimbabwe bank notes – Yahoo! Finance

“Western visitors to Zimbabwe are looking for zeros. They’re snapping up old, defunct Zimbabwe bank notes…”

The Benefits Storm

“Why New York can’t afford enough sanitation workers to clean up the snow.”

The Tale of How Insulin Came to Market

“One of the most pressing questions of modern biomedical research asks what the relationship between government regulation and scientific innovation is. Nothing is more common today than the plea that extensive government regulation, at every stage of the development process, is needed to protect innocent and uninformed patients and their families from exploitation by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and physicians.”

A Very Good Year for Economics ideos, Especially Cartoons

“Short video clips are a good way to get students interested in economics and help them understand the basics. I especially like the Golden Balls video for teaching game theory and Milton Friedman’s classic telling of the pencil story for teaching price theory…”

Yule Blog 2010-11: The Mother of Meaning

“Connections between the adult Jesus and the baby in the manger aren’t easy to make. At first glance, the gospels don’t help much; whatever the gospel writers had in mind, producing complete biographies of Jesus wasn’t it. Mark omits Christmas altogether, and starts with Jesus getting baptized and launching his career.”

Dodd-Frank and the Return of the Loan Shark

“In The Wall Street Journal, Todd Zywicki of George Mason University writes that in the name of consumer protection, Congress has pushed more Americans outside the traditional banking system.”

Congress Rediscovers the Constitution

“In The Wall Street Journal, Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon says that Congress must recognize its responsibility to decide on a legislation’s constitutionality and not just defer to the courts.”

Review & Outlook: Rules for Smaller Government

“The Wall Street Journal argues the House GOP is making it harder to tax and spend.”

Living in the Political Wake of the Bubble

“We are repeating history and thus will repeat the mistakes of history; here are four ideas to make sure the future is better than the past.”

An Innovator in Every Apartment

“Cities should unravel their pre-digital regulations.”

Yule Blog 2010-11: How Real Is The Meaning?

“By now, the Three Kings are well on their way to Bethlehem, and the Christmas season is drawing to a close. But the Three Kings (actually, ‘wise men’ according to Matthew’s gospel) aren’t just bringing their famous three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They bring with them another set of questions that we have to wrestle with a bit if we are going to see Christmas clearly.”

How Videogames Are Changing the Economy

“In The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler writes that videogames—and not wars—are now driving innovation and helping companies save money.”

Review & Outlook: Canada’s Competitive Edge

“The Wall Street Journal describes how Canada’s lower corporate tax rate has created a warmer climate for capital and business investment than in the U.S.”

Peter J. Wallison: Moving Beyond Fannie and Freddie –

“Peter Wallison writes in The Wall Street Journal that the new Congress should never again allow government housing guarantees to put taxpayers at risk.”

Leave a Reply