Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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    Innovation and Regulation

    Dec 2, 10 • 93 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Government, InnovationNo Comments

    Is more innovation the opportunity cost of more regulation? If so, which do you prefer? To see one person’s opinion, I recommend a recent Washington Post op-ed, “Strangling innovation and job creation with red tape.” The Washington Post...

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    Flying Snakes and Economic Growth

    Nov 24, 10 • 139 Views • Government, InnovationNo Comments

    Sometimes the federal government spends a tax payer’s money in unexpected ways. According to the Washington Post, scientists funded by the Department of Defense are studying snakes that can fly. Slightly venomous, sort of air-slithering, these Southeast...

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    Creatively Destroying Pontiac

    Nov 7, 10 • 109 Views • Businesses, Economic History, Economic Thinkers, InnovationNo Comments

    At some point, sooner or later, people get tired of black. During the 1920s, Henry Ford realized that the Model T, so very practical and affordable because it only came in black, needed some vitality. What forced him to recognize that the Model T was becoming...

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    Why Was Malthus a Reverend?

    Nov 1, 10 • 107 Views • Economic History, Economic Thinkers, InnovationNo Comments

    Have you ever wondered why Malthus was a reverend? The surprising answer is in Bill Bryson’s wonderful new book, At Home A Short History of Private Life (which I just started reading). 18th and 19th century rectors and vicars tended to be affluent and...

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    Some Like It Hot?

    Oct 23, 10 • 111 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic History, Economic Thinkers, Environment, InnovationNo Comments

    A warmer Detroit? A wetter New York? In the future world that UCLA professor Matthew Kahn describes, cities will adapt to climate change. Assuming that warming is gradual, populations will migrate and innovate. If San Diego becomes less habitable, people will...