Economists Do It With Models

Friday, May 15, 2009

I Do Not Kid About Baseball, Especially Not About Baseball And Economics...

(In case you were ever wondering, most of my subject material comes from conversations I have either with readers or with my friends or students. In this case, a former student of mine had the following as his Facebook status: "Just got a fortune cookie that said 'You can't learn less.' I should... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Lesson On Economic Indicators (And Yeah, I Went There)...

Two points: 1. I wrote earlier about how (and why) the most recent government stimulus checks were a boon to the porn industry. 2. Sam Stein recently reported on The Huffington Post about one of Alan Greenspan's most popular wacky economic indicators: men's underwear. The article states, among other... Sign in to see full entry.

Things I Will Never Understand, Ice Cream Edition...

In pondering an earlier potential post I ended up doing a bit of research on Ben and Jerry's. I had learned that April 21st was free cone day, and I was going to impart this oh-so-important knowledge on my lovely readers...but then I got disinterested in the post and it never got published. (It... Sign in to see full entry.

A Comic And An Observation...

I'm still trying to determine the link between these two items. First, the comic, courtesy of Indexed: The observation: A few days ago one of my Facebook friends mentioned in his status that there was a sign in the window of the San Francisco Federal Reserve giving notice of an application for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Claim That There's A Sucker Born Every Minute Is An Understatement...

If you've been reading this blog for a while (and paying attention), you have probably noticed a few things about me: 1. My TV has a bizarre power over me, and 2. I procrastinate with everything, including going to sleep. These two facts imply that I see a lot of infomercials. Some of them are... Sign in to see full entry.

Things Economists Might Want To Stay Away From, Music Edition...

Let's see, things that economists should stay away from...bears (bears are SO on notice ), the sun (I doubt all that being inside running regressions does wonders for anyone's base tan), Rush Limbaugh, the banking industry, apparently...and the arts? Maybe. Just go with me here...so economic models... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Teacher Incentives Story, In Honor Of Mothers' Day...

I love my mother. I also find my mother pretty amusing- today she decided to chide me for my use of (arguably marginal) curse words on Twitter (which I will forgive her for since, hey, whose mom follows them on Twitter?), and for some reason this was the funniest thing of the day, even beating... Sign in to see full entry.

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