Matthijs Krul (Brunel): The Value of Value: Reflections on Theorizing Economic History. Ryan Bubb and Richard H. Pildes (NYU): How Behavioral Economics Trims Its Sails and Why. Marc Pilkington (Burgundy): Economics as a Polymorphic Discursive Construct: Heterodoxy and Pluralism. From Econ Journal Watch, a special issue on the ideological migration of the economics laureates. Robert Sugden reviews The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think by Mary S. Morgan. An article on how the Economics Nobel highlights a big unanswered question. Raj Jetty on why economics is a science: Don’t let the skeptical response to this year’s Nobel Prize fool you (and more). Mark Thoma on how the Internet is changing what economists do. Economic models are rigorous analysis by name only: Daniel Baker on why economists should admit they know nothing about risk. Yichuan Wang on why economics is good for lots of things. Rules vs discretion revisited: Adam Gurri on the insularity of economists. Evolutionary foundations of Coasean economics: Masahiro Mikami on transforming new institutional economics into evolutionary economics. Felix Salmon reviews The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy by Tim Harford. Tim Harford is the man who gives geeks a good name. Lights, camera, economics: Robert Reich brings his message to the big screen.

A new issue of Hoover Digest is out. Ashley Deeks (Virginia): The Observer Effect: National Security Litigation, Executive Policy Changes, and Judicial Deference. Martin Wolf on the reality of America’s fiscal future: The real debate is not about the debt — it is about whether citizens will fund the government. Nick Gillespie on why Ayn Rand would have loved Kickstarter. Lili Hornyai on male anxieties (re)created by men’s magazines; and on daughters of the darkness: Lesbian vampire before and after the Hays Code. Nate Cohn on why it's so hard for Democrats to retake the House. Steven Lubet and Kevin Chang on stupid juror questions. Witness to history: Zeke J Miller interviews Peggy Suntum on her 30 years as a White House stenographer. The secrets of Bezos: Brad Stone on how Amazon became the everything store. Nathaniel Peters reviews Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Our Age by Robert P. George. Cardiff Garcia on the downsides of quantitative easing. From TNR, Matthew Waxman on why we need to regulate surveillance in our cities before it's too late; Matthew Shaer is on the ground with Syria's news smugglers: They go where professional journalists won't; and Jerome Groopman on the dangers of alternative medicine: Think the government should allow people to medicate themselves and their children however people want to?

Corey Ciocchetti (Denver): Understanding the Second Amendment: A Five Page Synopsis. Armando Freitas Da Rocha and Fabio T. Rocha (RANI): Gun Control: What Goes on in Your Brain. David Kairys (Temple): Self-Defense and Gun Regulation for All. Daniel Luzer on how the history of citizen ownership of firearms isn’t just about protection against tyranny; it’s also about forcing subjects to defend tyranny. Children and guns, the hidden toll: Children shot accidentally — usually by other children — are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America. John Whitehead on the growing phenomenon of police shooting unarmed citizens. More guns kill more people, a study finds. Mad about guns: Marc Pitzke on America's deadly weapons obsession. Lisa Hix on why Americans love guns. Yolian Cerquera on America’s hazardous gun culture. Adam Gopnik on a few simple ideas about gun control. A new survey finds a majority of gun dealers support both comprehensive background checks on gun buyers, and banning people with serious criminal records, mental illnesses, or a history of alcohol abuse from buying firearms. The gun rights crowd might be right about mental health: While their intentions aren't necessarily pure, the numbers suggest they're actually on to something. Gun owners are using Instagram to privately sell firearms, evade background checks. A television show funded by the NRA has been cancelled after the host of the programme shot an elephant in the face and then compared his critics to Adolf Hitler.