Monthly Archives: May 2013

An environmental disincentive

An article by Tim McDonnell (HT: Andrew Sullivan) discusses a recent study of incentives in purchasing energy efficient light bulbs. The results of the study: The study then presented participants with a real-world choice: With a fixed amount of money in their wallet, respondents had to “buy” either an old-school lightbulb or an efficient compact […]

Who needs all those books?

Stanley Fish is getting rid of almost all of his books. Even the ones with all of those notes in the margins. As someone who almost compulsively collected books for a long time, it’s impossible to imagine making such a move. Surrounding yourself with books is representative of a continued pursuit of something. Something new […]

Tuesday Talk: Teachers Need Feedback

Bill Gates on the essential role of feedback in improving teachers’ performance. Can’t emphasize how important this is. As someone who stands in front of a classroom each semester, no matter how well I think I am teaching, there is always something I can learn. From my students themselves, from colleagues, and from teaching resources. Getting feedback […]

Health Care Innovation

Thomas Friedman in the NYTimes describes the innovation in data management and health care arising in the last couple of years: The goal of the health care law is to flip this fee-for-services system (which some insurance companies are emulating) to one where the government pays doctors and hospitals to keep Medicare patients healthy and the […]

Sunday Sound: Live at the Sands

1968 – Count Basie: I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You

Great Economists

Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution University have started a new course, titled Great Economists: Classical Economics and its Forerunners. Here’s the description: Who were the first economic thinkers? What are the very origins of economic thought? What did earlier economists understand but has been lost to the modern world? Why is Adam Smith […]

That’s not fair! (Part 2)

Individuals, by and large, like fairness. We don’t like to be paid less than someone else for doing the same work. We may also feel guilty for getting paid more than someone else for doing the same work. Perhaps it’s our desire for (or belief in) reciprocity that encourages our pursuit of fairness. But this […]