Posts Under ‘economics’ Category

The Zen Master of Statistics

You may not know this, but there is a celebrity data geek who isn’t named Nate Silver. This other famous statistician is a rock star in the global health and development world. He captivates audiences with innovative presentations that illuminate¬†abstract facts and figures. Last year, Time magazine called¬†Hans Rosling one of the 100 most influential…Continue Reading…

Climate Train Departs for Unknown Destination

Sure, Waxman-Markey has left the station, and that’s going to be reason enough for cap and trade fence-sitters to hop on. But as Grist’s Kate Sheppard reminds us, the ride is going to get pretty rough, with plenty of agonizing stops along the way. So with that in mind, if anybody wants to hop off,…Continue Reading…

What Would You Pay

To avert the slight chance that climate change will cause the collapse of human civilization? Is this potential catastrophe so fearsome that it precludes a normal cost/benefit analysis? Two Ivy league economists are dueling over this question, which Ronald Baily examines at Reason Magazine. It’s not hard to see which side Baily comes down on,…Continue Reading…