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Brad DeLong

April 1, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1449143

Comment of the Day: Graydon: Global Warming in Action in the California Snowpack?: "[Climate] 'Normal' is an average taken from too short a period of time....

(Certainly in that graph; the generality of the statement is harder to defend.) (The period of European habitation being too ...

April 1, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1449144

Morning Must-Read: Pedro Nicolaci Da Costa: On Larry Ball and Sub-5% Unemployment: "The Federal Reserve should hold short-term interest rates near zero long enough to drive unemployment well below 5%, even if it means letting inflation exceed the central bank’s 2% target... according to Laurence Ball....


April 1, 2015, 10:18 am, 1449066

Must- and Should-Reads:

Afternoon Must-Read: Arindrajit Dube and and Ben Zipperer: Pooling Multiple Case Studies Using Synthetic Controls: An Application to Minimum Wage Policies Lunchtime Must-Read: David ...

April 1, 2015, 10:18 am, 1449065

Morning Must-Read: Gary Burtless: Employment impacts of the Affordable Care Act: "Because the ACA made affordable insurance available to nonaged adults who do not hold full-time jobs... we might thus anticipate some increase in part-time work driven by employee preferences rather than by the changed incentives ...

April 1, 2015, 10:18 am, 1449064

Lois McMaster Bujold: Uncle Hugo's: Interview with Miles Vorkosigan http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-bujold-lois-more.
Morning Must-Read: Gary Burtless: Employment impacts of the Affordable Care Act http://equitablegrowth.org/?p=10194

April 1, 2015, 8:18 am, 1448988

Live from Pret-a-Manger: OK. Who in Washington DC these days rates an escort of two police cars, four black Chevy suburban SUVs, and a Cadillac Escalade SUV?

April 1, 2015, 8:18 am, 1448985

Let me get more serious, and answer a question from Noah Smith about what David Graeber means with his book Debt:

The rational kernel inside the bullshit goes roughly like this:

Humans have evolved to be gift-exchangers--beings that maintain our societies by engaging in gift-exchange relationships with ...

April 1, 2015, 8:18 am, 1448987

Note to Self: is the state’s failure to expand Medicaid and failure to aggressively inform citizens about the availability of exchange subsidies going to push Texas into recession this year?

April 1, 2015, 8:18 am, 1448986

Eyewitness to History: The Birth of the Fighter Plane, 1915:

he newly invented airplane entered World War I as an observer of enemy activity (see The Beginning of Air Warfare, 1914). The importance of ...

March 31, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1448474

Andrew Kaczynski: "Smoking Doesn't Kill", and Others:

“Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.”

On climate change, Pence says CO2 from burning fuels ...