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Friday May, 2024
The Sea Change on Crypto-Regulation
Alex TabarrokMay 24

In the last few weeks there has been a sea change in crypto regulation: 1. Bitcoin spot ETFs were approved–reluctantly, after a 3-judge Federal Appeals court ruled unanimously that the SEC had acted arbitrarily and capriciously–but nevertheless opening Bitcoin holdings to institutional investors. Case in point, The State of Wisconsin …

Can they reconstitute Philosphy & Public Affairs?
Tyler CowenMay 24

Here is a recent announcement of note: We are unanimously resigning from our editorial roles at Philosophy & Public Affairs, published by Wiley, and launching a new diamond open-access journal published by Open Library of Humanities (OLH). All of us will play the same editorial roles in the new journal …

Has Argentina given up on dollarization?
Tyler CowenMay 24

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  Here is the opening bit: The good news is that President Javier Milei seems to be backing away from plans to dollarize the Argentine economy. That is also the bad news. Don’t get me wrong: Dollarization would be great — if …

That was then, this is now, NBA edition
Tyler CowenMay 23

Then, from summer of 2023: “The Boston Celtics just set an NBA record by agreeing to a five-year, $304 million contract with two-time All-Star Jaylen Brown…the odds are the deal will be seen as a good one — maybe even a bargain. The economics of the National Basketball Association have …

*GOAT* is now a free audiobook
Tyler CowenMay 23

Here is the link to consuming various forms of GOAT, including the free audiobook, available through several forms of download.  The voice is excellent, can you guess how it was done?  My wife and sister thought it was me. To access it and sample, the YouTube link perhaps is easiest: …

Don’t bother learning about this one, unless you already know what I am talking about
Tyler CowenMay 23

You know, the job market, the tweets, and the RCT, here is a complaint from Christopher Phelan.  Here is the paper.  I’ll just make a few points in hit and run fashion: 1. I am not convinced IRBs should have a say in this kind of matter, one way or …

The death of the AI safety movement?
Tyler CowenMay 23

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, and here is one part: The safety movement probably peaked in March 2023 with a petition for a six-month pause in AI development, signed by many luminaries, including specialists in the AI field. As I argued at the time, it was …

How important is “the scientific method”?
Tyler CowenMay 22

From a recently published paper by Alexander Krauss: Using data on all major discoveries across science including all Nobel Prize and major non-Nobel Prize discoveries, we can address the question of the extent to which “the scientific method” is actually applied in making science’s groundbreaking research and whether we need …

Wednesday assorted links
Tyler CowenMay 22

1. Model this, cross-state variation in teen suicide rates. 2. What Swedes think about driverless car algorithms and their moral weights. 3. Median voter theorem: “A year-long joint investigation by The Washington Post, Lighthouse Reports and a consortium of international media outlets shows how the European Union and individual European …

The Left on FDA Peer Approval
Alex TabarrokMay 22

Robert Kuttner discovered an excellent treatment for colds while vacationing in France and is rightly outraged that it’s not available in the United States: Toward the end of our stay, my wife and I both got bad coughs (happily, not COVID). We went to our wonderful local pharmacist in search …

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