Happy, Healthy Economy In 1869, a neurologist named George Beard identified a disease he named neurasthenia, understood as the result of fast-paced excess in growing industrial cities. William James, one of the many patients diagnosed, called it “Americanitis.” According to … Continue reading Growth and well-being
To Get Along Better, We Need Better Arguments Both parties complain about the polarization of American politics, but what can individual citizens do about it? We can’t singlehandedly civilize the internet or force elected officials to do their jobs. What … Continue reading What is arguing?
The Facts Are Disappearing. It’s Up to You to Save Them These are confusing times, and they’re getting worse. On the one hand, there’s tons of misinformation: Some of it is disseminated through technology, trolls, and bots; some through Trump’s … Continue reading The challenge of lies
Would You Go to a Republican Doctor? Suppose you need to see a dermatologist. Your friend recommends a doctor, explaining that “she trained at the best hospital in the country and is regarded as one of the top dermatologists in … Continue reading Choice on one dimension
In defence of the economists Do the “tenets of neoclassicism” shape our day-to-day work as economists, as Howard Reed puts it in his ill-informed diatribe for Prospect? No—they do not. These are some of the research papers in economics that … Continue reading Empirical techniques in economics
How to Increase (and Sustain) Political Engagement With the 2018 midterm elections looming, the stakes are high in American politics. Republicans aim to maintain control of Congress, and Democrats seek to win key elections to flip both chambers. Several new … Continue reading The politics of emotions
The Hidden Taxes on Women The working world is unfair to many women, yet even when they succeed, they must confront another series of challenges. Their hard-won successes are taxed in ways that men’s are not. The taxes I’m talking … Continue reading Gender unfairness