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Ideas (David Friedman)

"I am an academic economist who teaches at a law school and has never taken a course for credit in either field.”


December 1, 2018, 6:09 pm, 1925706
I mentioned, here and on FaceBook, a new addition to my very small collection of economics jokes, not jokes about economics but jokes that teach economics. Enough people were interested so I decided to post all six of them:

1. Two economists walked past a ...


November 30, 2018, 2:08 am, 1925382

I am nearly finished with Legal Systems Very Different From Ours and am in search of a cover. There seems to be general agreement that my ideas for what to put on the cover, discussed in a previous post don't work, so ...


November 29, 2018, 3:48 pm, 1925285
I have a very small collection of economics jokes, not jokes about economics but jokes that teach economics. It just occurred to me that there is another I should add:
An economics professor is in a car driven by one of his students; she ...


November 26, 2018, 2:38 pm, 1924053
It looks as though some scientists in China have produced two infants from ova edited using Crispr. The objective was to disable a gene associated with vulnerability to AIDS. A good deal of the commentary on the report is negative, with talk of eugenics ...


November 21, 2018, 1:07 am, 1922964
The central facts of the current Catholic crisis appear clear. By the time Francis became Pope, it was well known in Vatican circles that Cardinal McCarrick had engaged in extensive homosexual activity with young adult seminarians. The previous Pope had, on that account, restricted McCarrick's activities in a ...


November 7, 2018, 9:47 pm, 1917856
My prediction of the election outcome was wrong—it turned out about as the polls predicted. On the other hand, I got my preferred outcome, with the House controlled by one party, the Senate by the other, making it less likely that Congress would do things.
The ...


November 6, 2018, 2:08 am, 1916595
I expect that the polls will turn out to be wrong—but I do not know in which direction. Politics has changed enough in the past two years so that rules for predicting outcomes based on past experience, such as those for identifying likely voters, can no longer be ...