Here are some of the most popular MR posts as measured by page views from 2012:
4. Robert Solow on Hayek and Friedman and MPS. Tyler should let loose more often.
5. Firefighters Don’t Fight Fires. A graph is worth a thousand words.
6. A Bet is a Tax on Bullshit. I don’t think the scheme I outlined is quite right but I worked for a long time on the final paragraph and I was pleased that it was widely quoted.
7. Why economic mobility measures are overrated. Lots of meat in this post and in Tyler’s related posts What does the inequality-immobility link mean? and Krugman on income mobility and my Stasis, Churn and Growth.
8. Debtor’s Prison for Failure to Pay for Your Own Trial. An issue that should be more widely reported.
9. How savage has European austerity (spending cuts) been? Not that savage.
10. The Google Trolley Problem. A famous philosophical puzzle now must be answered in practice.
Among other meaty posts which were highly linked too were Tyler’s posts Why Old Keynesianism is looking worse these days; A simple theory for why so many smart young people go into finance, law and consulting and favorite non-fiction books of 2012. Also on the list were my posts Noble Matching and one of my favorites, Patent Theory on the Back of a Napkin.
A good year as we move towards MR’s tenth.