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September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771115
A bit of evidence, this time from the Wall Street Journal, on the matter of whether cigarette smokers respond to tax-driven price increases. The answer is that they do, but often not in the way the tax increasers wanted them to.

The story ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771116
Florida Governor Charlie Crist was in DC in February trying to get support for a national disaster insurance fund - according to Insurance News Net:

The idea behind the proposed national fund for natural disasters is that policyholders all over the nation would share the risk should a ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771117
Perhaps it takes a guy who's actually involved in the labour market - in this case on the labour demand (meaning job offering, or hiring) side - to explain how markets work.

A piece from the CBC New Brunswick website on 12 March/07:

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September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771118
New Brunswick Auditor General Mike Ferguson has just released the second volume of his latest annual report, and from the news coverage I learned something I hadn't known about the way NB funds its health care system.

Let's pull a headline from the Moncton Times ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771114
The New York Times ran an article on April 17/07 ($$$ subscription required) on the costs of treatments for drug addicts under New York's Medicaid program. It contains a couple of nice examples of optimal responses to incentives, or at least, individually optimal responses conditional on ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771113
It's always nice to be able to back up an assertion drawn from theory with evidence, even if the sample size is limited (to 1, perhaps). The Albertan Dr. Al, who blogs at What's Wrong With Health Care provides some anecdotal support for something that I regularly tell ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771110
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel ran a piece not too long ago which illustrated quite nicely a bit of the standard economic model of insurance. The story actually dealt with a decision by Florida State University to require all students to have health insurance - if they don't ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771111
From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, an article which contains some observations which should be kept in mind by anyone thinking about how to reform the US health insurance system. Interestingly enough, it's not an article on health insurance reform - those have a nasty habit of ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771112
According to Canada's National Post newspaper, the province of Quebec has become the first Canadian province to impose carbon taxes. But, according to this story the plan has some slightly unusual details.

The story, from the 7 June/07 Post, is by Kevin ...


September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771109
The Toronto Globe and Mail ran a story ($$$ subscription required) a little while back about cancer patients treating themselves with DCA, the drug which, according to reports out of the University of Alberta shows promise as a cancer treatment, based on its effectiveness in ...