Christopher L. Gilbert (Trento): Anomalies in Economics and Finance. John A. List (Chicago): Why Economists Should Conduct Field Experiments and 14 Tips for Pulling One Off. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): The Theory of Banking: Why Banks Exist and Why We Fear Them. Ronen Shamir (Tel Aviv): Socially Responsible Private Regulation: World-Culture or World-Capitalism? Peter J. Boettke (GMU): An Anarchist’s Reflection on the Political Economy of Everyday Life. Michael E. Levine (NYU): Regulation and the Nature of the Firm: The Case of U.S. Regional Airlines. From Cadmus, Orio Giarini (Risk Institute): Science and Economics: The Case of Uncertainty and Disequilibrium; Ian Johnson (Club of Rome): The Perfect Storm: Economics, Finance and Socio-Ecology; Winston P. Nagan (Florida): Human Rights, Liberty & Socio-Economic Justice; Garry Jacobs (MSS) and Ivo Slaus (WAAS): Global Prospects for Full Employment; and Hazel Henderson (Ethical Markets): Grossly Distorted Picture: GDP Still Misleading. A review of Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element by John Mueller (and part 2; and more). Garbage in, garbage out: Robert Higgs on truth, freedom, and falsehood in economic analysis and policy making. From Citizen Economists, Ajay Shah on books that should be read before starting a Ph.D. in economics. For love of laissez-faire: Through the letters of Frederic Bastiat shines the most charming economist you have ever met. A review of Economics Evolving: A History of Economic Thought by Agnar Sandmo. The first chapter from The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History by Francesco Boldizzoni. Fairies, witches and supply and demand: Once economics is on the brain, it seems to pop up a lot in children’s literature.


Niva Elkin-Koren (Haifa): The Changing Nature of Books and the Uneasy Case for Copyright. From Pathways, economic divisions and political polarization in Red and Blue America: To hear pundits tell it, the well-to-do are increasingly likely to "vote blue" — Andrew Gelman examines the data and finds it just ain't so; and taxing the poor: Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O'Brien show that many Southern states are making poverty worse because of their regressive tax policies; Esra Burak talks with Maurice Lim, head of the Family Independence Initiative, about his radically different approach to helping families achieve self-sufficiency. Porn is here to stay, so we would do well to make it better, rather than waste time trying to make it disappear — this is true of both the content and, importantly, the marketing of porn. A review of The Political Thought of Xenophon. More and more on John J. Mearsheimer's Why Leaders Lie. Dana Milbank on Hurricane Irene and the benefits of Big Government. We can't teach students to love reading: The idea that many teachers hold today, that one of the purposes of education is to do just that, is largely alien to the history of education (and a response). Mental abacus does away with words: The technique used by some to do complex mental calculations seems to free mathematics from its dependence on language. While saving the world’s threatened languages may seem informed more by nostalgia than need, federally funded researchers say each tongue may include unique concepts with practical value. The introduction to How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity by Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber. Growing numbers of children take up musical instruments — but do they get a step up in life, or does relentless practising put youngsters off music for ever?


Jon R. Bond (Texas A&M), Richard Fleisher (Fordham) and Nathan A. Ilderton (UCF): Was the Tea Party Responsible for the Republican Victory in the 2010 House Elections? Barack Obama isn’t to blame for the Tea Party’s surge, liberals are — and if they want him to win re-election in 2012, they better listen to Moses and learn how to take initiative. What are the four primary characteristics most associated with those Americans sympathetic to the Tea Party? "Authoritarianism, ontological insecurity (fear of change), libertarianism and nativism," so says a new study. Ayn Rand Vs. America: The celebration of the individual is seeing a resurgence in U.S. politics, but is freedom to earn one's living the same as the freedom to emasculate government? Republicans have finally found a group they want to tax: poor people. Can we fix the economy? Kevin Drum on theories floating around that imply — or are used by others to imply — that we really can't do much of anything to help the economy recover (and more). Is there anything that can be done? A TNR symposium on the economy, with contributions from Peter Diamond, Felix Salmon, Jonathan Cohn, Richard Posner, Jared Bernstein and more. If I were president: We've heard from the media and from experts incessantly — what if we entered a pundit-free zone? As pundits bemoan the broken political system, historians say even as far back as Jefferson and Hamilton, acrimony is just the American way. Far from being a reflection of living patterns created without our conscious control, partisanship and compromise are both deliberate decisions made by political leaders.The ideology of no: New research into how liberals and conservatives think differently. Whenever you read conservatives trying to critique what they think the other side believes, you find them assuming that their opponents must be mirror images of themselves.

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