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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetPer Bylund and Mark Packard, in a newly published academic paper in the Southern Economic Journal, offer an explanation for why so many governments clamped draconian lockdowns on their citizens while Sweden did not. (HT Dan Klein) A slice: Worse, when political power coalesces around particular expertise, the concentration of specific knowledge in relatively small groups of experts causes de facto “epistemic...

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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetIn response to Biden saying that he believes, but doesn’t guarantee, that we’ll be approaching “normalcy” by the end of the year, Phil Magness correctly writes on his Facebook page that: Your best bet is to ignore him and everyone else who adheres to his position on this issue, including Fauci. You know your own risk better than anyone else. Use that to make informed assessments of what risk-mitigation...

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Courageous Jodi Shaw

(Don Boudreaux) TweetRick Geddes alerted me to this new piece by Bari Weiss in which Ms. Weiss shares in full Jodi Shaw’s eloquent letter of resignation from an administrative post at Smith College. I will contribute to Ms. Shaw’s GoFundMe campaign, and encourage you to consider doing so. Here’s Ms. Shaw’s letter in full: Dear President McCartney: I am writing to notify you that effective today, I am resigning from my...

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Some Non-Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetWall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley reminds us of the minimum-wage’s racist origins. A slice: Mrs. Pelosi’s reference to female workers is also misleading. Democrats have long held up single working moms as the typical minimum-wage earner, but that’s a myth. A 2014 analysis by economists Joseph Sabia and Richard Burkhauser found that the vast majority of workers who would benefit from a minimum-wage...

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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetTo those of you who believe that humanity’s response to Covid is rational, I put these questions: How do you square your claim with many governments refusing to state clear guidelines about what is an acceptable level of risk at which life can return to normal? How do you explain the fact that not a few people believe that the only acceptable level of risk from Covid is zero? Do you believe this latter level...

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Some Non-Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetArt Carden celebrates Gordon Tullock’s birthday. A slice: Every year, Tullock was still considered one of the favorites for the [Nobel] prize. He had been passed over for his contribution to the development of public choice, but his path-breaking research on what came to be known as the theory of rent-seeking deserves the prize in its own right. Tullock’s 1968 article “The Welfare Costs of Tariffs,...