Saturday, April 25, 2015

Worship at the Y?

How are we to judge whether something is a church?

For this a church?  I expect most people would say "no," but the discretion to classify as a church, or not, is a pretty significant power for the state to have.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken

Mrs. Angus recently went to Pepperdine to talk about her book, "The Long Process of Development".

They just dropped a video of the talk on youtube.

Here are some of the titles I suggested for the book:

"The long and winding road"
"Time time time is on our side"
"Its just a matter of time"

Here is my one sentence synopsis of the book's main message:

"It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken".

What she shows in the book is that, while it's true that England adopted vastly superior economic policies in its North Atlantic colonies than did Spain, it was the relative strength and sophistication of the English state compared to the Spanish that allowed England to do what it did. The argument refutes the common view that Spain was strong and centralized, and the strength of the state led directly to its crappy colonial policies.

Just like I said, right?

Here's the Amazon page for the book. If the price tag is a deal breaker for you, remember that the paperback will be out May 1 at a considerable savings.

People, how can the Kindle edition be $60???? Have you ever heard of such a thing? My own dear wife is a price-gouger!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hey, Kids! Join the Climate Club!

Climate Clubs: Overcoming Free-Riding in International Climate Policy 

William Nordhaus 
American Economic Review
April 2015, Pages 1339-1370 

Abstract: Notwithstanding great progress in scientific and economic understanding of climate change, it has proven difficult to forge international agreements because of free-riding, as seen in the defunct Kyoto Protocol. This study examines the club as a model for international climate policy. Based on economic theory and empirical modeling, it finds that without sanctions against non-participants there are no stable coalitions other than those with minimal abatement. By contrast, a regime with small trade penalties on non-participants, a Climate Club, can induce a large stable coalition with high levels of abatement.

Nod to Kevin Lewis

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Packin' Em In!

My lecture at Masaryk U in Brno, CR.  It was on the Sharing Economy.  Very fun time.  Thanks to Richard Durana and to Petr Barton.