Welcome new graduate students!
Yesterday, Frank Atkins and I made teaching and research assistant assignments for our graduate students. In doing so, I am reminded of the lessons taught by the Simpsons on graduate education.
The "Heart of Economics"
I'm currently teaching a course on "the economics of social problems." It can be a tricky course because I need to communicate to students that, for example, poverty is about more than low income. Its also about opportunities, happiness or well-being, cognitive adaptations (i.e., beliefs) and more.
Health Codes Violations, Single Motherhood, and the Breakfast I had Last Week
I'm currently teaching Economics 349: the Economics of Social Problems. I thought I'd use our department blog to help raise some examples of the types of issues that arise in the Calgary area which relate (even tangentially) to the course. (To those students in the course, some of this stuff may serve as fodder for term papers.) -By rob on 2010-01-19
ERNST FEHR (University of Zurich)MATTHEW J. RABIN (University of California Berkeley)WILLIAM D. NORDHAUS (Yale University) MARTIN L. WEITZMAN (Harvard University) JOHN B. TAYLOR (Stanford University) JORDI GALI (Pompeu Fabra University)-By rob on 2009-12-15
Did Taxes Killed the Beatles?
The Beatles are in the news (again). On 9.9.09 their Rock Band game was issued and the 40th anniversary of their break-up is approaching. In a new article, Daniel Finkelstein discusses the Beatles as a "triumph of capitalism." He argues that Brian Epstein's management of the band, and particularly the management of how and when the Beatles name was used in association with a product, made the band a huge commercial success. -By rob on 2009-12-15