Interesting brief analysis of whether current business buybacks of stock are "too high". With a story about the East India Company I hadn't heard before.
You may have heard that 20 percent of retail storefronts in Manhattan are vacant. But as Rebecca Baird-Remba reported for the Commercial Observerearlier this month, you heard wrong.
Beautiful, brief tribute to H.W. by Andrew Ferguson.
Kyle Smith reviews Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt's The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. The book strongly endorses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat mild-to-moderate depression.
Related: "The Idioms of Non-Argument: What happens when reviewers spend more time focusing on the motives of authors than the merits of their claims?"
Alex Tabarrok discusses how another clear, simple theory of economic development seems to have failed.
Because reinventing the wheel is a whole lot more fun than citing Friedman yet again?
Fine piece by John Tierney. It puts me in mind of all the yelling and screaming about the price of college textbooks when the really big targets lie elsewhere, but the politics of attacking big bad textbook companies is more appealing to some folks.
"J. Scott Armstrong: Fewer than 1 Percent of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method"
Maybe academic researchers and those who love them shouldn't read this. It's as discouraging as discouraging can be about research.
I would guess that many papers fail to satisfy the third requirement listed by Professor Armstrong: "Full disclosure of methods, data and other relevant information". A small bit of good news is that, at least in economics, that seem to be (slowly) improving.
UPDATE: see Armstrong's "Guidelines for Science: Evidence-based Checklists" for a more general argument. (Thanks to Mike for the comment.)
I'm not a marketing guy, but this seems to be an expensive way to advertise. (And that's before you consider that the people who call late will be pissed off.)
UPDATE: Told 'ya.
Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson discusses a CBO study.