Assorted links

by on March 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Italy chose bad austerity.

2. Are migrants happier? (Don’t forget about their children, by the way)

3. Claims about Canada.

4. Is the CBO forecasting that the ACA exchanges will end up shrinking?

5. Quantum fridge cools object a million times heavier.

6. Cute animal pictures, or toward a theory of facial affect, via Michelle Dawson.

1 prior_approval March 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Bad austerity, bad … raising taxes.

Good austerity, good … cut spending.

Is there a two legs bad, four legs good sort of slogan making going on, because I seem to recall the same sort of chanting in the later 90s –

Bad surplus, bad .. increased tax revenue.

Good surplus, good .. cutting spending.

2 ad nauseum March 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

That’s comparing a boom economy to a bust economy. May as well compare a Toyota to a Yugo.

Good Cheap, good…. low cost parts

Bad Cheap, bad…. low cost parts

Or something like that.

3 somethingblue March 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Veronique de Rugy? Seriously?

4 prior_approval March 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Well, I didn’t want to be the one to mention it, but let us just say that certain cliques arise in the rarified world of certain donor circles.

The aspect of linking within this donor sponsored broad framework is part of what this circles purchases – many people are unaware of the interrelationships, preventing many from even being aware of how this game is played.

5 MikeAZ March 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Then why don’t you enlighten us? You seem to be alluding to all sorts of intrigue and take a spectacularly dismissive tone. I don’t spend a ton of time on the econoblogosphere so I’d love to hear some justification for an ad hominem dismissal.

6 Careless March 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Oh, PA is the resident crazed Mercatus Center conspiracy theorist.

7 prior_approval March 9, 2013 at 1:17 am

Sadly, I can’t actually post a link to the site itself (automatically filtered, just like the pirate bay), but googling this should get you the proper place –

‘Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.’

You just might want to google other names to see what their owners proudly proclaim (Kling, for example). The fact that people don’t mention what is to them completely obvious is not a conspiracy. And the fact that other people are utterly ignorant of such obvious things is just a chance to find out more, because these sponsored interconnections are not exactly accidental.

8 Michael March 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

There are very few people I’ll outright dismiss without even bothering to read them. It’s not a matter of disagreement. Many people with opposite views have great insights, some may even sway my beliefs. Veronique de Rugy is one of the few I just skip entirely. She’s just plain gets things wrong, time and time again. I don’t consider it worth my time to bother anymore.

She’s part of the Mercatus Center / George Mason / Libertarian / Koch Industries clique that Tyler is, so, unfortunately, her writing is bound to be promoted on this blog. Wish there was some warning though. I don’t like thinking my clicks add to her page views.

It’d be interesting to know how much of her stuff Tyler agrees with, vs. how much of it is just self-promotion (either contractual or voluntary) within the clique.

9 Tyler Cowen March 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Aren’t you embarrassed to make a point like this without noting that the piece is co-authored with a famous tenured full professor at Harvard Department of Economics?

10 RPLong March 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Haha. Tyler Cpwned.

11 somethingblue March 8, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I think it’s the famous tenured full professor who should be embarrassed.

12 Chip March 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Koch Industries.

The less sophisticated way of saying BOO!

13 anon March 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Mercatus Center / George Mason / Libertarian

Sound like interesting folks. However, if you are a statist (of the left or the right) you might not agree.

14 RPLong March 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm


Prior to opening the door, the milk is both spoiled and unspoiled at the same time.

15 dead serious March 9, 2013 at 9:47 am


16 mw March 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Really? What if some massive fraction of the deficit is due to rich people evading taxes, like in Greece? Make me a rational and moral argument why poor people should lose government services in response to rich people breaking the law.

17 anon March 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Because the state is out of money and can no longer enforce compliance?

18 Brian Donohue March 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

re #1. But that’s Italy- taxes in the US are lower and need to be raised, although this is just making a commonsense effort to pay your bills, an idea so ridiculous that any move in that direction is immediately christened ‘austerity’ nowadays. Not helpful.

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20 Hazel Meade March 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Speaking of cute animal pctures.

21 Hazel Meade March 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm
22 ThomasH March 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

How can anyone discuss the economic out look for a country (Canada/Italy) without discussing what the central bank ngdp target is?

23 mulp March 9, 2013 at 2:53 am

I guess the bias of 4. is that US health care has been in decline for 30 years compared to health care systems in the rest of the rest of the world, that decline must continue, and likewise, the economic well being of workers who have suffered for 30 years will also see continuing decline, so obviously the number of people requiring subsidized health insurance is going to climb endlessly, with the only option being to opt out.

Once Obamacare is implemented fully, why would the number of people needing subsidized insurance increase when the playing field is leveled for small businesses so they can offer health benefits at the same costs as big corporations?

Unless the point of corporate America is the US government should takeover health care from the corporations so operating in the US is as easy and cheap as it is in the EU or Asia where the government provides the health benefit, not the employer.

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