Tagged: complete nonsense

Please review the ethics of human ethics review - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2015

Human ethics review panels are the worst. Designed to prevent atrocities like Tuskegee, they then metastasised: any time your research could possibly involve a human subject, there are a billion forms to fill in. So it's usually easiest just to avoid doing field research.U Queensland's Paul Frijters didn't avoid doing field research. He sent actors out onto Brisbane buses with … Read More

Occupational licensing: repo edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 25, 2015

Occupational licensing rules block too many Americans from entering protected professions.Brookings covered some of the horrors back in January:For example, some states require that florists and make-up artists satisfy expensive and time-intensive requirements before they are legally permitted to perform their jobs. Also subject to such requirements in various states are locksmiths, ballroom dance instructors, hair braiders, manicurists, interior … Read More

Gluten-free, but don’t tell anybody - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 22, 2014

While most of the anti-gluten seems badly overhyped, there are some people for whom gluten poses substantial dietary risk. They need to know if a product has gluten in it. And producers of gluten-free products are generally pretty happy to let potential customers know about it.Except when the government makes it illegal to tell customers about it.When I read this, … Read More