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The fruits of immigration — Marginal Revolution
"In short, we have turned good workers into criminals and turned criminals into bad workers, losing on both ends of the deal. Incredible."
via:lukeneff  immigration  labor  law  legal  2011  economics  marginalrevolution 
july 2011 by robertogreco
The social life of marginalia - Bobulate
"Even if we can capture intention and overcome sharing, we might come back to consider what was formerly known as the commonplace book. How might new book designers — of any format — replicate its sense of wholeness and real-time cataloging online? Do we need to?

It’s critical that the new book designer consider how and where these marks might be shared. I’m not suggesting that all annotations be social lest we become self-conscious in our book-relationships. One of the principal pleasures of taking notes is the intimacy with a passage, the outright honesty with which one might scribble, “Gasp!” or “Hogwash,” or “True that,” for later reminding. But there will need to be equal consideration given to what to keep personal as to what to make shareable.

After all, some sentiments are best left between you and your margins."
books  annotation  reading  notetaking  marginalrevolution  commonplacebooks  via:russelldavies  sharing  lizdanzico  robinsloan  jamesbridle  cv  memory  organization  notes  bookmarks  kindle  amazon  meaning  makingmeaning  meaningmaking 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: *The End of Influence*
"Asian export-led growth model must transform itself to domestic consumption & prosperity models. American borrow&import model will also have to shift to a model of consumption-at-the-level-you-produce...the need to keep confidence of those who have the money that their money is well placed in the US serves as a constraint on US policy in a way that it has never been before." ... "authors describe the various stimulus attempts as something that will "buy time," but will not be sufficient to alter this basic trajectory." In the comments: "Our greatest assets are our current inefficiencies: we can tap into cost reduction, such as, reducing military spending (a free good to the rest of the world), reducing the cost of medical care (you may once again, although you do not want to do this, have to participate in managed care), improving energy efficiency (our balance of payments problem is largely due to energy imports). Hey, if you are fat, you don't have to eat as much to get in shape."
economics  money  us  asia  china  future  policy  exports  imports  books  military  healthcare  2009  marginalrevolution  debt  borrowing  change  consumption 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: What is conservatism?
"8. Fiscal conservatism is part and parcel of conservatism per se. A state wrecked by debt is a state due to perish or fall into decay. This is a lesson from history. States must "save up their powder" for true crises and it is a kind of narcissistic arrogation to think that the personal failures of particular individuals -- often those with weak values -- meet this standard. [...] 10. Responsibility is a more important value than either liberty or equality."
conservatism  via:kottke  tylercowen  us  marginalrevolution  politics  policy  philosophy  ideology  definitions 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: What is progressivism?
"Progressive policies offer more scope for individualism and some kinds of freedom. Greater security gives people a greater chance to develop themselves as individuals in important spheres of life, not just money-making and risk protection and winning relative status games."
politics  economics  tylercowen  progressives  progressivism  marginalrevolution  philosophy  policy  ideology  democrats  liberalism 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: Claims about Africa
"I am interested in the claim that there is an optimal time in one's life to travel. Many people do not get to travel much until their children leave the house. But when are the cognitive returns to travel the highest? I believe one must first know some theory before travelling -- perhaps even some false theory -- otherwise the travel does not come as a sufficient shock. In other words, the more you read and ponder social reality, the lower is your optimal cognitive age for travel."
travel  glvo  children  age  marginalrevolution  tylercowen  africa  discovery  parenting  experience  perception  bias  objectivity 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: Now is the Time for the Buffalo Commons
"Does a sale of western lands mean reducing national parkland? No, first much of the land isn't parkland. Second, I propose a deal. The government should sell some of its most valuable land in the west and use some of the proceeds to buy low-price land in the Great Plains.
us  government  marginalrevolution  economics  maps  buffalocommons  west  conservation  policy  landmanagement  land  politics  alextabarrok 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: Spend More Today
"Interesting discussion about savings...I say take the years of your retirement one at a time over the course of your life rather than in a lump at the impossible-to-guarantee end"
economics  life  people  savings  retirement  marginalrevolution 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: From the comments: "America the Beautiful"? "Here is a compendium of my anti-American attitudes:"
"7. The American culture of individual freedom is closely linked to the prevalence of mental illness and gun-based violence in this country. We can't seem to get only the brighter side of non-conformity." see also rest of list and comments
tylercowen  economics  culture  us  marginalrevolution  europe  immigration  crime  politics 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: The Power of Vouchers
"Thus, this paper shows two things. First, that the test scores of the students in the public schools improved when vouchers gave the schools better incentives to perform. Second, at least some of the improvement comes from changes in how students are tau
marginalrevolution  alextabarrok  vouchers  competition  reform  schools  education  learning  public  private  policy  politics  economics  children 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: Mark Bittman on the economics of meat
"The conflict between environmental goals and animal welfare goals is one of the most significant underreported stories in this area."
food  economics  environment  animalwelfare  markbittman  marginalrevolution  tylercowen 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: The Law of Unintended Consequences
"Unintended consequences are not restricted to government regulation of society but can also happen when government tries to regulate other complex systems such as the ecosystem...can even happen in the attempted regulation of complex physical systems"
regulation  economics  government  management  policy  rationality  incentives  complexity  marginalrevolution  leadership  politics  nature 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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