The Market for Financial Research & Analysis – A Mental Model

I have, for just over the past month, had the opportunity to consume the weekly macroeconomic research reports of an analyst at a well-respected brokerage firm, and recent shifts in the directional thrust of one of his more important prediction…

Prosperity & the Provision of Symbolic Goods

It is always interesting, if nothing else, to see similar ideas espoused in (sometimes vastly – see an earlier post involving Tyler Cowen and Ion Iliescu) different contexts. But a recent example (also involving Tyler Cowen, go figure) has the…

Germany’s Chronic Free-Riding

Back in October of this academic year I wrote a post prompted by Der Spiegel‘s reporting on the gross under-preparedness of the Germany military. It seems things have not gotten much better in the intervening months; on Thursday this week the Washington Post…

Knowing Where You’re From

When you go out for a coffee or drinks with friends, do you insist on paying exactly what you owe, and nothing more? If so, it might be because you’re American (or maybe you’re just a cheap bastard). And before…

The Superbowl & America

The Superbowl is quintessentially American; a sport only we play combined with the decadence and self-involvement at which our country so gloriously excels. Naturally, I love everything about it. I love the advertisements, the flyovers, the weird prop bets, the…