Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Group of Death?

Typically, when the Healthcare Economist talks about death, it deals with sad topics: mortality rates, preventable deaths, etc.  Today, I will discuss a happier death-related topic: the feared “Group of Death”. The World Cup Groups were unveiled today and popular press is claiming that the U.S. team is placed in the Group of Death.  There […]

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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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NBA Coaches and Spoiled Children

In honor of the start of the NBA playoffs… “After personal fouls, points scored per minute have the largest impact on minutes per game.  The result directly contradicts the rhetoric from coaches.  Again, coaches tell players to focus on something besides scoring.  Players, though, can see that the most effective way to get more playing […]

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Brewers win!!!!

Nyjer Morgan (a.k.a.) Tony Plush comes through with the game winning hit and the Brewers win 3-2 over the Arizona Diamondback to advance to the NLCS.  Go Brew Crew!!!

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El Barça gana el Champions

My soccer team, FC Barcelona, won their fourth Champion’s league on Saturday.  Felicidades!

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Pay College Players

It’s time to start paying college sports players. Watching the ‘Fab Five’ documentary and lots of college basketball this weekend has only confirmed my belief.  People may think that the professional sports leagues like the NFL, NBA, and the MLB make a killing.  It’s true. They do.  Buy many college sports programs also bring in […]

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William Henderson Inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame

Today it was announced that my favorite football player, William Henderson, will soon be inducted into the the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.  Henderson was a fullback on the Packers Super Bowl team in 1997.  He also made the Pro Bowl in 2005. News release. William Henderson Wikipedia page. Career Statistics.

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NFL Season Begins

The NFL season began yesterday.  To celebrate, here are three football related links: Football and Randomness Two quarterbacks?  Six eligible receivers?  An undermanned California high school football teamed use the untraditional A-11 formation to win 7 of 11 games.  The key? “In a standard formation with five fixed linemen, a play can unfold with 36 […]

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Playing sports increases your paycheck

The WSJ Real Time Economics blog reviews a paper by Michael Lechner which finds that “sports-playing adults saw a boost in income of about 1,200 euros per year over 16 years when compared to their less active peers. That translates into a 5-10% rate of return on sports activities, roughly equal to the benefit of […]

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