Master Chefs Grow Slower Than New Cooks

Inspired by a podcast at MacroMusings, let’s talk about growth.  Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen, co-authors of a couple of excellent textbooks on the principles of economics, discuss what they mean by “cutting edge” growth and “catching up” growth.  The reason for this distinction arises because of the claim that particular institutions promote economic growth. … Continue reading Master Chefs Grow Slower Than New Cooks

I Charged Too Little to Mow the Lawn

After the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, my friend and I decided to start a landscaping business. Neither of us had gone to landscaping school nor did we have a particular affinity for lawn-mowers. (At least, not yet.) But hey, we thought, we live in Florida, grass grows like crazy most of the year, … Continue reading I Charged Too Little to Mow the Lawn

The Truth Behind Facebook Arguments

I confess: I’m addicted to the battlefield that is the Facebook comments section. Maybe I need to go see a psychiatrist, but the moment I discover a comment thread where two wildly different ideas clash, my interest is immediately piqued. I even enjoy a healthy dose of schadenfreude whenever a conversation devolves into personal attacks. … Continue reading The Truth Behind Facebook Arguments