Assorted links

by on October 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Robert Frank channels Mark Kleiman on using game theory to fight crime.

2. Inappropriate posters for Roman Polanski movies.

3. Markets in everything: Google Wave advance invites for sale.

4. New Larry Summers profile, from The New Yorker.  Brad DeLong has several posts of comment.

Greg Ransom October 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Now one else sees this as a spike through the head brain dead conceptionof the problem?

“The purpose of a stimulus is to fill the hole left during a recession by the difference between the economy’s potential and what it’s actually producing—what economists call the “output gap.”

We’ve got a heavy set, past middle age woman with a heart on for a tall attractive well spoken young Marxist politician — and she’s the brains in charge of a cental
plan to Keynes and Chicago and pork barrel our way out of a Hayekian artificial boom and inevitable bust with a very, very slight secondary deflation, and non-market clearing price controls on entry level labor.

This ought to go well.

Jason Swadley October 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm

The crime fighting idea should work well until the gangs are made up of economists.

quanticle October 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

As for the Google Wave invites, I recall the same phenomenon occurring with GMail invites, back when GMail was still invitation-only.

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