He shifted uncomfortably on the hospital bed as we walked in. His eyes avoided ours. The doctor told us they were reconstructing his leg. I tried not to stare at the hospital blanket, wondering what lay underneath. The rest of my travel group peppered his mother with questions. Since arriving in Israel had they heard any news about their hometown, their community? Was it safe to return? Were her other children and her husband alive? She didn’t have answers. The doctor explained to us that as Syrian refugees, while the boy and his mother are receiving care in the Israeli hospital, they are not allowed to leave their hospital room or receive news from outside for their own safety and security. Continue reading “Collier’s Hope for the Syrians”
I don’t like politics.
No, seriously, I don’t like politics! I mean, yes, I live just outside of Washington, DC. I worked in Congress this summer. Everything I learn in class seems to relate to political theory. All my close friends and I do is discuss politics and political theory in our free time. But I swear I don’t – oh who am I kidding? Continue reading “Miss Congeniality? Meet Miss Polycentricity.”
Love is in the air! I recently married the love of my life. Marriage is not only a great tradition, it is economically effective! Well, in theory. We can now bask in the cost savings of consuming goods together such as a home, car, kids, Netflix accounts, groceries, and so much more! Continue reading “Making Decisions When Married: A Wicksellian Perspective”
You hear it all the time: “Something weird happens to you when you turn 30.” Life gets a bit more serious, namely career changes, concerns about retirement, and passing out well before midnight. The term “settling down” takes over your mind. Continue reading “Got a Little Older, Got a Little Wieser”
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”
Don’t you love feedback? Admittedly, some of us, not so much. But, if we think about it. Feedback is a necessary part of life. We get feedback whenever we do anything. If you try to shoot a basketball into the hoop, and you miss, you’re given instant feedback to change your form or improve your aim. Continue reading “The Body’s Feedback Loops”
President Trump is a renegade for a number of reasons, including wishing the haters and losers a Happy Thanksgiving on Twitter. But he has been shockingly consistent throughout his life in his opposition to trade. It’s not that he’s opposed to free trade, he says, but that he wants “fair” trade. He wants to bring American jobs back. Continue reading “Why We Trade What We Trade”
In lieu of the most nationalistic, err… patriotic, holidays of the year, let’s celebrate the Fourth of July by diving into this year’s EconIcon –Trump’s economic trade advisor, Peter Navarro.
The first day of class is always nerve-racking. You can typically tell within the first few minutes how the rest of the semester will go. If the professor cracks some jokes, hands out the syllabus, and lets you out early, then you’ll probably be in for a good next few months. Other times, your worst fears come true when the professor hands out the syllabus and then proceeds to lecture for the remaining two and a half hours. Continue reading “Do We Talk So Good or Sowell?”
Dogs may not see the gains from trade like humans. Though, like humans, as they engage with other dogs (and humans), they end up figuring it out on their own. Continue reading “Doggonomics: The Gains from Trade are not Taught, They’re Discovered”