In a World of Stupid People, Profits Will Still Exist

One might ask, “But how? Aren’t profits the result of shrewd business deals and wise choices by [greedy] CEOs and shareholders?” “Maybe, but probably not.” Economics is claimed to be married to the principle that people are “profit-maximizing”. I admit that I am guilty of furthering this notion. What I mean is that they behave … Continue reading In a World of Stupid People, Profits Will Still Exist

Why Big data Won’t Save Central Planners from the Knowledge Problem

Among statisticians, economists, and business executives, “Big Data” is all the rage. Large and detailed data sets that, until recently, couldn’t even be stored on a computer are now managed and analyzed using innovative statistical techniques. Hopes are high that these advances will improve scientists’ ability to predict human behavior. Some enthusiasts even speculate that … Continue reading Why Big data Won’t Save Central Planners from the Knowledge Problem