Edmund Phelps: Find Your Natural Rate of Body Fat This Year

As the New Year inches closer and closer, many of us start rushing to come up with resolutions we wish to achieve in the next year. Some of us want to write more thank you notes. Others want to lose weight. Continue reading “Edmund Phelps: Find Your Natural Rate of Body Fat This Year”

Getting Internet From the Tap

Recently, I dipped my toes into the net neutrality debate. I shared an article pointing out that a graph, tweeted out by a Representative of California arguing in favor of net neutrality, ironically, makes the argument against net neutrality. This graph highlighted the perspective of the average consumer, i.e.—under net neutrality, internet services actually become more expensive. Sharing this article put me directly in the line of fire by some very passionate netizens (net neutrality advocates). Continue reading “Getting Internet From the Tap”

James Heckman: Tinder Dates Gone Wrong

Have you ever gone on a Tinder date that was not what you expected? You immediately swipe right at the sight of an attractive person holding an adorable puppy. But, minutes after showing up at the bar, you find your date is dismissive, rude, and has horrible taste in beer. Sometimes what you see isn’t what you get. When you take a step back, you realize that the things you attributed to the person in the profile picture do not reflect the reality of your date. Continue reading “James Heckman: Tinder Dates Gone Wrong”

Progress In Cuba Thanks To Airbnb. Don’t Stop It.

As the Trump administration considers how to go about “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” and now closing up the US embassy due to mysterious “sonic attacks,” Airbnb is hoping that it doesn’t scare off the booming business from U.S. tourists. Continue reading “Progress In Cuba Thanks To Airbnb. Don’t Stop It.”

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”

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”