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Making all college students amateurs

If you have read my blog, you know from time to time I dabble in topics outside of health care. One of those interests is sports. Of late, there has been a lot of discussion in the media regarding whether college athletes should be paid. As an economist, it should come as no surprise that […]

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Why study health economics?

“And anyone interested in public policy or fiscal policy must, these days, be interested in health care economics.” Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution.

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Oxymoron of the Day

Can a secret court be transparent? Charlie Rose: But has FISA court turned down any request? Barack Obama: The — because — the — first of all, Charlie, the number of requests are surprisingly small… number one. Number two, folks don’t go with a query unless they’ve got a pretty good suspicion. Charlie Rose: Should […]

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Statisitics and the Sports Illustrated Jinx

Daniel Kahneman explains the false inference many people make between causation and regression to the mean. A well-known example is the “Sports Illustrated jinx,” the claim that an athlete whose picture appears on the cover of the magazine is doomed to perform poorly the following season.  Overconfidence and the pressure of meeting high expectations are […]

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Solving the War on Drugs?

Ultimately, the solution to the drug problem might be the solution to the problem of life, which is how to navigate our time here with minimal suffering. Unfortunately, the policy that offers that solution will be not a drug policy but an existential one, and it remains as elusive as ever. Graeme Wood in The […]

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Quotation of the Day

“When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”   Picture hat tip to Wages of Wins.

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Quotation of the Day

I will look at any additional evidence to confirm the opinion to which I have already come. Baron Molson.      

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Unintended Irony

“I am the person…who irreversibly founded democracy in Haiti”. Signed: “Jean-Claude Duvalier, President for Life” From the insightful book, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

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Why Medicare?

It was approved not only to improve the health of elderly Americans, but also protect them from financial ruin. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that [older Americans] have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. President Lyndon Johnson, when signing Medicare […]

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On Parenting Children with Down Syndrome

All my friends had these children they thought were perfect, and then they’ve had to come to terms with their children’s limitations and problems. I had this baby everyone thought was a disaster, and my journey has been to find all the things that are amazing about her. A mother of a child with Down […]

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