Sunday, January 15, 2017

Calling bullsh*t

What a great idea for a course!

One can imagine a whole series of specialized follow-on courses dealing in depth with academic administration, the editorial pages of major newspapers, beltway advocacy groups, and so on.

If they want to add some local flavor they could do a class on the speech that former University of Washington president William Gerberding delivered at my graduation ceremony back in 1985. It concerned, as I recall, how the Japanese were going to bury us via their clever industrial policy.

Be sure to read the whole thing, even the (hilarious) legal disclaimer.

Hat tip: Charlie Brown

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Evan Starr on non-competes

Former Michigan student Evan Starr, now at the Smith (no relation) School of Busyness at Maryland, discusses his research on non-compete agreements on NPR.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Assorted links

1. A humorous primer on Hillary's health scandal. It is only funny because despite all evidence to the contrary, one still expects some modicum of intellectual consistency from political partisans.

2. A very fine primer on infrastructure spending by Ed Glaeser at Harvard.

3. Rudi Bachmann on economics in Germany.

4. A new bookstore in Detroit.

5. IES What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) summary of the serious evidence on the Teach for America Program.

6. A truly amazing headline.

#2 via MR

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Harbaugh on vitamins

Sign outside of Knight's downtown (in the former Borders #1) on Friday.

Clearly, I do not get enough vitamins.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Full episode of "The Profit" on Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour

A happy ending so far ...

I think fixing up the candy section is an excellent idea, as is closing failed locations. I would not have changed the font on the FARRELLS sign. More generally it is amazing what a smart person willing to speak honestly can accomplish.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Assorted links

1. The government is just another name for the things we do together.

2. Tyler Cowen recalls the Miracle of the Futures. I was always a bit surprised that this did not get more mainstream coverage back in the day.

3. Congratulations to Demetra Nightengale at DOL on winning the 2016 APPAM Exemplar Award.

4. On the demography of college towns.

5. An update on Ann Arbor's State Theater, which is now closed for renovations.