Economics & Culture Making

Culture is what we make of the world.”- Andy Crouch in Culture Making

One of the many delights of Summer 2017 has been diving into Andy Crouch’s 2008 book “Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling”. In this highly ambitious and superbly written book, Crouch seeks to unpack what “culture” is, how culture changes, and lays out the rationale for why culture-making is deeply intrinsic to what it means to be human. Continue reading “Economics & Culture Making”

Robots Don’t Need No Man, But They Can’t Sell

The plight of workers in a changing economy being taken over by robots continues to be the buzz on the street. Everywhere we turn, we are reading, listening or spouting about the demise of the American worker. Unless we all become salespeople. Continue reading “Robots Don’t Need No Man, But They Can’t Sell”

The story of HipHoponomics

“He who only wishes and hopes does not interfere actively with the course of events and with the shaping of his own destiny.”

— Ludwig von Mises, Economist

HipHoponomics is the marriage of Economics and Hip-hop. It is designed to provide a creative & dynamic front door for intellectual engagement in economics for students. From a personal passion growing up to a grad school project, to the development of a new movement in economics education receiving regional and national attention, here is the story of HipHoponomics. Continue reading “The story of HipHoponomics”

No use in tampering with the tampon tax

By Diego Zuluaga

The Leave campaign carried the day in the EU referendum by promising to “take back control.” On an individual level, this is unambiguously an appealing prospect – who wouldn’t want to be the master of one’s own destiny? But when it comes to issues of public policy, the motto has as its corollary a troubling question: control to whom, of what, and for what? Continue reading “No use in tampering with the tampon tax”

James Buchanan: Surprisingly, Politicians Are Humans

With a simple discussion on how stuff gets done in the political arena, it is easy to understand why it’s so hard to achieve the intended outcomes of that “stuff.” Everything is riddled with side-deals, loopholes, and compromises that detract or cause larger problems than the one(s) they are trying to solve. Continue reading “James Buchanan: Surprisingly, Politicians Are Humans”

Sadly, economic thinking is still marginal

By Diego Zuluaga

One of the few but crucial advantages that economists have over the noninitiated in attempting to navigate the world is the recognition that the optimal amount of a ‘bad’ – such as pollution, crime, and obnoxious advertising – is rarely zero. Continue reading “Sadly, economic thinking is still marginal”