December 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The Price of Atheism

This post isn’t about hell and eternal damnation. It’s about kids. The religious seem to have more of them, regardless of their specific religion. Might they wipe non-believers out of the gene pool? The non-religious are being out-reproduced by people … Continue reading

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Monday, December 27th, 2010

Prices are everywhere!

From the Huffington Post. Prices are everywhere!

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Sunday, December 26th, 2010

The Price of Superstars

Will superstars destroy capitalism? Check out the excerpt from The Price of Everything in today’s Times. And have a happy holiday!

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Price of Corn

The Mexican government is using an original tactic to grapple with rising food prices: hedging. The Financial Times (Gated. You’ll need to register) reports that Mexico has insured against rises in the price of corn until the third quarter of … Continue reading

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Price of Everything: The Trailer

Check out the trailer. Hope you like it.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The price of good teachers

Parents, principals, education experts all seem to agree that teacher quality is the single most important determinant of a child’s education, considerably more important than class size. The Obama administration has taken this to heart, pushing to incorporate merit pay … Continue reading

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Monday, December 20th, 2010

The Value of Christmas Presents

Christmas is fast approaching. So it’s probably a good time to remind all of you that buying presents for your friends and family imposes a drag on the economy. If you really want to do good give cash instead. This … Continue reading

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Measuring prices around the world

You don’t trust your government to provide reliable inflation data? Is the central bank tinkering with the numbers to help the president get re-elected? The number crunchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a way to … Continue reading

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

What’s the most popular cheap Chinese knockoff?

Shoes, according to counterfeit seizure statistics from American customs. But maybe this just means it’s easier to detect counterfeit Nike’s than, say, fake Hublots. Customs and Border Protection says 79% of counterfeit goods seized at the border came from China … Continue reading

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The price of transporting the obese

By now we’ve all read about the billions of dollars in added health costs due to our rising obesity rate. But what about all the other costs associated with our expanding waistbands? About a third of the American population is … Continue reading

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