06 April 2005

why I love economics papers

because of lines like "The policy recommendations would involve a reallocation of children into "fun" activities." .

And because of the whole link turn philosophy of unintended consequences: the paper argues that vegetarianism can make animals worse off because cows raised for meat are treated better than dairy cows. ("In fact, animal welfare conceivably could be improved by a boycott of vegetables and an increase in meat eating.") Of course, similar sorts of argument could also be made about problems of trying to act altruistically towards people when you're only able to make a small difference.

Also while reading marginal revolution: It's funny how economists have such physics envy, when I read econ papers for fun, but am apathetic about quantum gravity, the black hole information paradox, or other physics things outside my work.

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