City Journal

Admissions versus Asians

Whenever I want a clear-cut example of latter-day racial discrimination, I point to elite universities’ treatment of Asians. As far as I’m concerned, the evidence is overwhelming. The denials are not only motivated reasoning, but desperate motivated reasoning. Still, this leaves me with a puzzle. […]

Anthony Fauci is Anti-Science

Out of the 120 million people vaccinated in the U.S., roughly 6.9 million have received J&J’s vaccine, Fauci said, noting that there haven’t been any “red flag signals” from the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines that rely on MRNA technology in their shots. Out of […]

Spend More and Be Quick

If you’re like me, it seems surreal that we entered the pandemic over one year ago. One year ago, we were scared and uncertain. Today, many of us are starting to re-emerge. What did we learn from this experience? Are there any silver linings? What […]

An Ageless Hypothetical

Suppose you could either save one 10-year-old, or X 80-year-olds. What value of X is morally indifferent? That is, if you wanted to make the world as morally valuable as possible, when should you switch from saving the young to saving the old? I suspect […]

The problem with environmental impact statements

Back in the 1970s, the federal government began requiring environmental impact statements for certain types of projects. In retrospect, this was probably a mistake. The Tejon Ranch development provides a good example of what can go wrong. Here’s an article from 2008: “How heartening it […]

Is there a market for thoughtful conservatism in the US?

As a non-American, I hear confusing news on the status of the American right at the moment. In particular, I have problems understanding whether the influence of President Trump is over after the Capitol Hill revolt of early January. On the contrary, are Republicans unable […]

Anything is Small…

“Anything is small if you divide it by GDP.” I’ve been quoting this line for decades, usually to point out exceptions like the gains of deregulating immigration and housing. But who, if anyone, actually said it? I recently decided to email Theodore Keeler, the Berkeley […]

Emiliana Simon-Thomas on Happiness

Psychologist Emiliana Simon-Thomas of the University of California, Berkeley talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the science of happiness–what research can teach us about happiness. (0 COMMENTS)Original Article

Both Amazon and Workers Win

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama will not be forming a union. The vast majority of votes cast by Amazon’s workers in Bessemer, Ala., were against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in a stinging defeat of the union drive. The final tally showed […]

Who are the experts?

Ezra Klein recently had a piece on Covid-19 in the NYT, which pointed out that Alex Tabarrok has been ahead of the curve on many issues: [B]est as I can tell, Tabarrok has repeatedly been proved right, and ideas that sounded radical when he first […]