Monthly Archives: August 2012

Superstar Effects Among Intellectuals?

It’s happened in sports, business, and now among public intellectuals. Prof Drezner (of Tufts!) discusses.

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Ten Things for Policy Wonks to Learn

Stephen Walt lists 10 things he thinks all Wonks should learn: History Statistics Foreign Language Economics International Law Geography Get Some Culture Learn to Communicate Science An Ethical Foundation Actually, these would be pretty good subjects for everyone to learn. … Continue reading

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Scientific Integrity

A good speech by Richard Feynman. It has some important lessons on the standards we should hold ourselves to. Cargo Cult Science Richard Feynman From a Caltech commencement address given in 1974 Also in Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!During the … Continue reading

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Econopolis

The Onion “reports“. Sources confirmed Bernanke was also invited to the grand opening of the National Budgetarium, which houses a wide variety of fiscal flora and fauna, including more than 90 different species of decimal points, large lumbering equations, and … Continue reading

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The Soviet Nail Factory

A famous economic parable on the importance of incentives and rule setting. This tale highlights the importance of focusing on what the customer actually needs rather than what the rules say. Incentives should (but rarely are due to various public … Continue reading

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Cars in the Future

Discussed in a long post.

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Heros

Do you suppose that if a man thought twice, he’d give his life for Queen and Country? Not bloody likely! He wouldn’t go near the battlefield! One look at your foolish faces tells me that you’re going to be crack … Continue reading

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