Tagged: Fun

Mao’s Basilisk - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 26, 2015

Bill Kaye-Blake writes:When I spent a semester studying in Beijing, I met an old man in Tian An Men square who insisted on showing me his identity card. He pointed out that it said he had joined the revolution in 1951 (yes, the identity cards had a fie... Read More

Breaking Bad - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 07, 2015

Me at The Spinoff on economics and Breaking Bad:The most successful anti-methamphetamine campaign ever run in the United States came in 1995, resulting in a short-run tripling of the price of meth and a drop in purity from 90% to 20%: the Drug Enforcement Agency successfully threw a spanner into supply conduits.Economists Dobkin and Nicosia documented the results in … Read More

The world keeps getting better: beer edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 15, 2015

Max Roser's excellent twitter feed provides regular updates on how the world's getting better. My new project: 100 charts that show how living standards changed. The 1st one is on health. http://t.co/5kKeYk3aoz pic.twitter.com/nURVkfZnFQ— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) January 5, 2015But it isn't just life expectancy. Consider beer.In 1998 I moved from Canada to Fairfax, Virginia. Beer options in … Read More

More things to ban - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 12, 2015

Suppose I told you about something that's totally preventable and is associated with an average excess death rate of 6.7%. It's worse for youths: the excess death rate for those aged 20-29, because of this totally preventable problem, is 25.4%.And there would be one simple fix to end those excess deaths entirely.Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time to ban birthdays. The … Read More

Bah humbug - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 16, 2014

I led the affirmative charge at the GEN debate on the following proposition: "This house believes that the Christmas Extravaganza is a waste of time and money." We didn't get to pick our sides, but I didn't mind partnering up with Patrick Nolan from the Productivity Commission.As Bronwyn Croxson from Ministry of Health was leading the charge for the opposition, … Read More

Air Gini - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 04, 2014

In today's glass-half-empty news, inequality in airline space has increased.While it used to be the case that the top 7% of passengers got about 15% of the room, transatlantic configurations give proportionately more space to first-class passengers: th... Read More

Grinch - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 28, 2014

This should be fun. 2014 Public Finance Great Festive DebateThe Government Economics Network and Chair in Public Finance present:THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEYAndy Williams reckoned “Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.” Yet while a fine singer he was no economist and so at this event two teams will … Read More

Solutions that only occur to economists? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 12, 2014

Every now and then I see tweets like this one. We call this physical "security" cc @SwiftOnSecurity pic.twitter.com/F0ixIZPgHF— DownloadMoreRam.com (@DownloadMoreRam) October 1, 2014It's inevitable that keypads will wear, dramatically reducing the number of options over which an intruder need search in a brute-force attack.So why not design for it at the outset? Make and sell pads that … Read More