Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brooks) and Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NYU-Poly): The Skin in the Game: Heuristic for Protection Against Tail Events. Peter J. Boettke and Kyle W. O'Donnell (George Mason): The Social Responsibility of Economists. Frederik J. Zuiderveen (Amsterdam): Consent to Behavioural Targeting in European Law: What are the Policy Implications of Insights from Behavioural Economics? Nicholas C. Barberis on thirty years of prospect theory in economics. Has behavioral law and economics jumped the shark? Neil H. Buchanan on understanding when a promising research agenda has run its course — and why it matters in the real world. Economists, feel the love: Paul Frijters and Gigi Foster on their book An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups, and Networks. The simple economics of commons: Rustam Romaniuc reviews Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources by Brett M. Frischmann. Jason Collins on four reasons why evolutionary theory might not add value to economics. The first chapter from <em style="font-size: 10pt;">Remembering Inflation</em> by Brigitte Granville. The relevant history of economic thought: Brad DeLong on growth, inequality, Malthus, and history. Is Big Data an economic Big Dud? Some economists are questioning whether Big Data will ever have the impact of the first Internet wave, let alone the industrial revolutions of past centuries (and more by Paul Krugman and more by John Quiggin).
Michael R. Strain and Alan D. Viard (AEI): Six Long-Run Tax and Budget Realities. From The New York Times, Jim Dwyer on the Impossible Mayor of the Possible: Three terms, 750,000 trees, 450 miles of bike lanes, 5 million police stops, and one failed soda ban — how the billionaire mayor reshaped New York (and more on The Bloomberg Years). Karen Rester interviews Rudolph Herzog, author of A Short History of Nuclear Folly. How close were we to nuclear Armageddon? Harold Brown on the threats of the Cold War and their lessons for today. The Original Genius Bar: With money tight for scientific research, the Institute for Advanced Study offers big brains a priceless draw — freedom. Is Washington in a “post-policy era”? Ezra Klein wonders. Anatomy of an Al Qaeda “Conference Call”: Ken Silverstein on how dubious sources feed national-security reporter Eli Lake a fraudulent story for political purposes — once again. How a single spoon can save a young woman from being forced to marry against her will. Dave Zirin on why banning Russia from the Olympics is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea. Ross Douthat on libertarian populism and its critics. From Economic Principals, David Warsh on Jacob Frenkel, Lawrence Summers, and an airport store, compared to the founding of a mutual fund. Alice Gregory on Choire Sicha, the anti-blogger. David Weigel on 3 reasons Cracked is the only site that gets listicles right.
Kieran James (Fiji): Working-Class Consciousness in the Work of SoCal Punk Band Rancid. Kieran James (Fiji), Susan P. Briggs (South Australia), and Bligh Grant (New England): “A Little Lower than the Angels”: Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, and the Corporate Kiss Machine. Colin McGuire writes in defense of boycotting the corporate concert industry. Gospel’s many ancestors: Chuck McCutcheon on how Yale professor Willie Ruff documents the ancient origins of religious singing — and causes a debate over the roots of gospel. The introduction to Reflections on the Musical Mind: An Evolutionary Perspective by Jay Schulkin. Why do people like listening to sad music when they're feeling down? John Vanderslice adores digital technology — except when it comes to audio. Mozart vs. the Beatles: We may say, “You can’t argue about taste”, but when it comes to art we care about, we almost always do. Jan Swafford on the most beautiful melody in the world: You know it when you hear it. The introduction to <em style="font-size: 10pt;">Shaping Jazz: Cities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form</em> by Damon J. Phillips. Tom Jacobs on why we evolved to love music. Chris Kjorness on how Latin music is American music. James Parker on Joe Strummer and Punk Self-Reinvention: How a privately educated British schoolboy named John Mellor became The Clash's iconic front man. Lydia DePillis on how Ticketmaster ruined the concertgoing experience, and how it might be saved.