Stimulus Contest

by on January 21, 2009 at 7:05 am in Current Affairs | Permalink

The WashingtonWatch.com blog is having a contest.

Take any part of the stimulus bill
and write a short case for why it’s good or bad. (Recommended: search
the bill for “$” – there are more than 350 of them.) Pick anything –
from an entire government department to the smallest program. You can
even pick a non-spending provision in the bill that you think will do
good or bad.

Entries are limited to 150 words, and they will be judged on
clarity, persuasiveness, creativity, and originality. You don’t have to
be an economist – if you are, you really must avoid being boring. If it
takes a haiku or an infomercial-style pitch to make your case, do it.

Winners will receive $100.  Enter in the comments section here.

1 Bob Murphy January 21, 2009 at 9:19 am

Winners will receive $100.

If they were serious about fiscal responsibility, the winners would get 10% of the spending they demonstrated to be a bad idea.

2 eddie January 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

if you are [an economist], you really must avoid being boring.

That would make for a worthwhile contest all by itself!

3 Greg Ransom January 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

This is like the old Foster and Catching contest — the one calling for analysis of their thesis that under consumption and lack of demand undermines profits and investment.

I.e. the massively influential contest in the 1920s that inspired Hoover, Roosevelt, Sen. Wagner — and eventually Hansen and Keynes, leading to modern Keynesian economics.

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5 lv September 24, 2010 at 5:10 am

if you are [an economist], you really must avoid being boring.

That would make for a worthwhile contest all by itself!

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