Archive for May, 2009
I’ve been participating in a debate on Waxman-Markey at the Atlantic, and I promised readers there I wouldn’t burden them with any more back and forth after my last entry. But Jim Manzi has responded once more and I feel the need to answer some of his criticisms. They are boggling. Let’s follow the conversation [...]
Today, I am here, and here.
No posts for a few days. You all enjoy your weekend.
This is a song you all know.
Here’s Matt: It occurs to me that you can think of the policy debate around auctioning carbon permits as an example of a very general phenomenon. Whenever you enact regulations aimed at restricting an activity, but not aimed at outright banning the activity, you create a kind of â€œregulatory surplus.â€ A question then arises of [...]
I know Megan isn’t just trying to goad me, but it kind of feels like Megan is trying to goad me: There’s a lot of angst out there over whether products like Starbucks that seem somehow emblematic of an era of wasteful spending will outlast the current downturn.Â The other day it occurred to me [...]
I keep trying and failing to blog here today. Seems the best I’ll be able to do for you is a links post. Links! Paul Romer’s Many Hong Kongs: Something I find interesting — economic growth relies on a sound institutional environment, which often requires governments to make difficult institutional changes. It’s extremely hard to [...]
Sorry for going dark, there. Sometimes the tubes, they break.
Atrios writes: The problem with low housing starts is that residential investment tends to be one of the first things to pick up during a recession. For obvious reasons that’s not happening. But if not residential investment, then what? As Yglesias says, you wouldn’t really expect residential investment to lead us out of recession this [...]
I’m spending some time over at the Atlantic this week, beginning here.