Home Schooling Notes

During the COVID pandemic, I finally had time and opportunity to sit and develop a curriculum for the twins (who are 6 now). Bryan Caplan wrote a few blog posts once on home-schooling and I found his success inspirational. So in the same spirit, here are some notes from my own experience, maybe they will…
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Vokes v. Murray: The Advertisements

Here you will find a collection of some advertisements for the Arthur Murray Dance Lessons. I must warn you, however, that if you lack in grace and poise, this may not be a good investment of your time. Times-Picayune (published as THE TIMES-PICAYUNE.) (New Orleans, Louisiana)November 11, 1952

Payday — Article Companion

The following is a playlist for the article Payday. It is meant to set a certain mood and correspond with several themes developed in the paper. Playlist (Youtube) (New suggestions welcome!) http://www.youtubeplaylist.org:80/play/p/MDAwMDIyNDAw Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford “In Spite of Ourselves” – The Rank Strangers BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAINS – Harry Mac McClintock Destiny’s…
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Theory of the Nudnik

This blog post is a companion to work with Roy Shapira of the IDC on nudniks. The article is posted here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3501175 We solicit more examples of nudniks! If you encounter them, please send them to [email protected] or [email protected] Nassim Taleb on Tesla: An angry United Airline passenger: A full page ad on the print…
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All-Caps: Paper Companion


What follows is a list of examples of legislation or regulation that requires or recommends the use of all caps in communications with consumers. Fla. Admin. Code r. 2-18.002 (1996). 2-18.002 Disclosure and Cancellation:  . . .(2) It shall be an unfair or deceptive act or practice for the seller of future consumer services to fail to furnish…
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De Gustibus as a Matter of Taste


de gustibus non disputandum est This famous Latin maxim holds that on matters of taste, there can be no dispute. This saying seems self-evident; we are all different, so what’s the point of arguing over what smells nice, looks good, is interesting, or is engaging?  Well, the great economists Stigler and Becker took issue with…
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Defamation By Contract


This post is a companion to my (draft) Essay: Slicing Defamation by Contract The first Truth Bounty, the Carbolic Smoke Ball advertisement The RNC Case Republican Nat. Comm. v. Taylor, 299 F.3d 887, 889 (D.C. Cir. 2002) (Credit: USA Today; special thanks to Culverhouse Law librarian, Blakeley L. Beals, who obtained a copy of the original….
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Reputation Failure

It is very common today for consumers to use peer-to-peer reputational information. Online reviews are the latest incarnation of the old social customs of gossip and word-of-mouth, and they generate considerable excitement among policymakers and scholars. There is a growing sense that, with the advent of the sharing economy and mega reputational platforms such as…
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Paradox of Defensive Medicine

Part of my recent work criticizes doctors and hospitals for taking advantage of patients, trying to circumvent liability for accidents by various means. This gets me, as expected, into a lot of arguments. Had my argument only been contested by doctors, that would have been understandable, but non-doctors make arguments that have very much the…
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The Happy Poor


Two new posts, one on Econlog and one on Facebook, made me reflect on poverty. The first is a post by (the incredible) Bryan Caplan, who talks about a research showing that people in richer neighborhood are not generally happier and sometimes less happy than people in less affluent neighborhoods.  The second was a long,…
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