Re: MVT and policy portfolios

2003-10-19 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
Related to this is the question of whether there really is a median voter. Let's take 10 issues--abortion, gun control, gay rights, trade policy, tax rates, immigration, middle east policy, racial preferences, CO2/global warming policy, and SDI/star wars missile defense. What percentage

Re: Sub-optimal equilibrium vs. Culture

2003-11-29 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
Whenever we look at violent, underdeveloped nations, we often have two responses to their condition: 1. They have a preference for institutions that restrain peace, growth and development. Example: Middle Eastern people are poor because people have a taste for big, bad government. 2. They

Re: Economist IQ?

2003-12-15 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
At Chicago, econ math GRE's tend to be substantially higher than other social science Ph.D.'s. Verbal scores are comparable to humanities Ph.D.'s. Also remember that econ depts take a lot of asian students, which probably pushes down the verbal GRE score. More generally, any time you require math,

Re: Economist IQ?

2003-12-15 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
In the book Sociology and its publics, Neil Smelser has a chart comparing GRE's for various disciplines. His point was that sociology, in comparison to other social sciences such as economics, get bad recruits. Fabio On Mon, 15 Dec 2003, Bryan Caplan wrote: Do you have a cite for that, Zach?

Re: Oscar Political Business Cycle

2004-01-04 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
On Tue, 30 Dec 2003, Bryan Caplan wrote: The Political Business Cycle story has not fared well empirically in recent years (though Kevin Grier has done interesting work on Mexico's PBC). But it seems overwhelming in the Oscars. It seems like roughly half of the big nominees get released in

Re: spamonomics

2004-01-20 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
Simple - you can anonymously buy impotence treatment over the Internet. No need to tell a real person that you ahve a sexual problem. I've also heard people use v!agra for enhancing sexual experience, not too cure a medical problem. Those people probably want to avoid doctors. Fabio On Tue, 20

Re: divided government

2004-02-24 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
I think the argument goes like this: 1. The policies both parties agree on is smaller in size than what each party advocates individually. I.e., the equilibrium of the bargaining game is smaller than the whole policy space. 2. In general, most of what each party wants is un-libertarian and

Re: Siberia and Canada

2004-04-08 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
Yes - evidence: the population of Canada is highly clustered around the border. I have hunch they would bolt the second the border was opened. Fabio On Thu, 8 Apr 2004, Bryan Caplan wrote: Question: If there were free migration between the U.S. and Canada, would Canada lose a lot of

Re: Siberia and Canada

2004-04-08 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
experts weigh in? That includes all Canadians. Eric? fabio guillermo rojas wrote: Yes - evidence: the population of Canada is highly clustered around the border. I have hunch they would bolt the second the border was opened. Fabio On Thu, 8 Apr 2004, Bryan Caplan wrote: Question

Re: guess the correlation

2004-12-16 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
My guess is positive because California and New York tend to have a lot of high income people. Around 0.4? Fabio On Thu, 16 Dec 2004, Bryan Caplan wrote: I've calculated the correlation coefficient between per-capita state income and the percent of the vote Kerry got. Guesses? I'll post the