Hodgepodge questions: reaching the finish line

Here are some closing gifts from loyal MR readers:

1. "Economic sanctions (Iran, Cuba, North Korea) – do they work?  Can a libertarian support them?"

Read Dan Drezner’s book and blog posts. 

2. Various carbon tax requests.  Use Google, with "site:www.marginalrevolution.com" at the end of your entry.

3. "I would also like to hear your thoughts on the future of money,
whether it be digital or not and what you believe the effect, if any
would be on the economy."

Read my Explorations in the New Monetary Economics.

4. "Do we need the tenure system anymore in higher education?"

I do.

5. "Thoughtful comments–pro and con, of course–on writings such as
"Hooked on Growth: Economic Addictions and the Environment" by Douglas
E. Booth. Our world economy seems to be predicated on growth, which
common sense says cannot continue indefinitely– or can it (short of
mining extra-terrestial bodies for resources)? Thanks."

Read this, from my evil twin Tyrone.

6. "How about the economics of credit card fraud and/or identity
fraud from the perspective of individual, information custodian, and
society? What is your reaction to the TJX breach of 10 million credit
cards or the VA’s loss of 26 million identities, for example? How
does/should the number of records that are lost, the volume of overall
activity (both good and bad), the number of attackers, and the nature
of the data impact decisions and outcomes?"

That’s a tough question.

7. "Your opinion on how to give to charity."  I’ll be covering this in my forthcoming book Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist, due out from Dutton on August 2.

I’ve now done 50, so that’s all folks!

Of course I’ll consider other topic requests in the future, on a case-by-case basis.


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