Category Archives: economics

Why college might not be the best idea – at least not for everyone

Recently this video appeared in the iTunes feed of TED talks, and everybody seems to be impressed by the novel approach of studio schooling. The idea, that you can improve schooling with a hands-on approach and much more practical training … Continue reading

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Selfish reasons to have more kids

Last week I finished reading Bryan Caplan‘s new book “selfish reasons to have more kids” right in time before Russ Roberts discussed the book in this week’s econtalk. Caplan takes a skeptical look at the tendency of today’s parents to … Continue reading

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Raay-Stones and monetary history

In this weeks Skeptics Guide to the Universe Rebecca Watson mentioned a tribe using large stones being used as money – these are called the Rai-Stones (or Raay-Stones) from the island of Yap. While listening I was reminded of an … Continue reading

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The fight of the century

Russ Roberts has once more improved my week. The new econtalk is an excellent discussion with John Papola on the new Keynes-Hayek Rap-Video. Although they seem to have planned to discuss the video / filming part as well, they mainly … Continue reading

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Whoops! – why we should not bail out the banks

This weeks little atoms has once more a really interesting discussion, this time on John Lanchester’s book Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay. As a fisch of little brains, I would like to add one little … Continue reading

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microfinance @ econtalk

Russ Roberts and Mike Munger once more had a brilliant discussion on politics and economics, this time discussing microfinance and savings in the third world. Especially the discussion about negative interest rates on savings in some poor countries were shocking. We … Continue reading

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