Cognitive dissonance

2003-10-15 Thread Stephen Miller
Is cognitive dissonance a cost that matters much where political beliefs are concerned? In other words, do voters or people in general care if their political beliefs are logically inconsistent with each other or their non-political moral beliefs? To me it seems the answer is no. Looking

Economist IQ?

2003-12-15 Thread Stephen Miller
I doubt anyone has hard data on this, but I'm wondering what people on this list would guess is the average IQ of Ph.D. economists? Would it be much different from the average IQ of Ph.D.s in general?

Re: insanity vs. irrationality

2004-03-24 Thread Stephen Miller
I can try, and hope that people will correct me where I'm wrong. Thin rationality: purposiveness; adopting means to achieve given ends. Another aspect is having *some* level of sensitivity to costs and benefits. A violation of thin rationality would be if you knew that blinking didn't change

Re: Private urban green space

2004-07-30 Thread Stephen Miller
That's simply not true. Many, if not most, are open to the public. It might be most courses by now... more and more private courses have moved to either a fee system, open to the public, or a combination of being open to the public, but selling memberships that are little more than bulk discounts

Re: Private urban green space

2004-07-30 Thread Stephen Miller
area there is no free rider problem (which is probably problem in thes thread) Stephen Miller wrote: That's simply not true. Many, if not most, are open to the public. It might be most courses by now... more and more private courses have moved to either a fee system, open to the public

Re: Dickens on the Laffer Curve

2005-04-21 Thread Stephen Miller
So it worked in the short run, and in the long run they were all dead! On Apr 21, 2005, at 5:10 PM, Bryan Caplan wrote: Yes, but ag collectivization in the USSR DID raise additional government revenue, at least in the short-run. The people starved, production fell, but Stalin got more grain to

Re: Dickens on the Laffer Curve

2005-04-21 Thread Stephen Miller
prefer so as to make the case for a tax cut or a tax hike. jlw Stephen Miller wrote: So it worked in the short run, and in the long run they were all dead!