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Warren Meyer: Creating Income Inequality in Seattle

So Seattle made a public policy change that caused lower-skill, lower-wage employment to lag way behind employment of wealthier, higher-skill folks. One would expect the Progressive Left to freak out in opposition to this policy.  But in fact this policy is their absolutely most cherished, favorite public policy intervention -- the minimum wage.  As reported

Today: 19:09   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Seattle Minimum Wage Study

The Seattle city government commissioned a study (pdf) to see what the actual effects were of their increasing the city minimum wage to $13 (bless their hearts, politicians actually tried to evaluate the actual effects of a controversial policy change).  The study authors had access to a uniquely rich data set.  Unlike folks like Card and

Today: 18:11   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Commercial Airline Pilots, African Style

This was a letter from a pilot in answer to the question of why European airports ban flights from certain African airlines One African airline I know of has the procedure that every landing must be a smooth one. That sounds okay to most people, but hopefully not to the pilots among us. They mandated

Today: 17:52   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Coke and Pepsi Healthcare Reform -- It's All About the Credit

Over the last several years, when the successes and failures of the PPACA/Obamacare/Health Care reform entirely accrued to Democrats, the Republicans fought against market stabilization funds as unwarranted subsidies for insurance companies.  My understanding is that the original PPACA included a market stabilization method, but it was written as being revenue neutral - ie funds

Today: 16:47   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: What is the Essence of a Two By Four?

Decades ago, common carpentry practice (later set in stone by written regulations) specified that certain applications needed a 2 inch by 4 inch board.   The reason this board was chosen was not due to its size per se (in most cases, for cost and space issues, I am sure folks would love to have gotten

Today: 16:16   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: AP Writes Over 1300 Words on the Loss Of Summer Jobs for Teens, Never Mentions Minimum Wage

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Today: 05:47   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: What Differentiates Republicans and Democrats

I saw this chart from Cato a while back (click to enlarge) With the proviso that it is super dangerous to analyze this sort of data by eyeballing a scatter chart, it sure looks to me like the difference between Republicans and Democrats is mainly on economic rather than social issues.  This is surprising, I

2017-06-23 19:13   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Recent Harvard Business School Grads Hardest Hit

Apparently, European investment banks will have to start charging for research that, apparently, no one reads (emphasis added) "The global investment research market is on the cusp of major disruption," said Benjamin Quinlan, CEO of Hong Kong-based Quinlan & Associates and author of a report on the challenges facing the research sector. Forcing the change

2017-06-23 17:40   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Where Have All The Public Companies Gone?

From the WSJ today, this interesting bit: In less than two decades, more than half of all publicly traded companies have disappeared. There were 7,355 U.S. stocks in November 1997, according to the Center for Research in Security Prices at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Nowadays, there are fewer than 3,600.... “Twenty

2017-06-23 17:20   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: How The Media Exaggerates to Scare You -- Often In Support of Growing the State

I find the WSJ to be more readable than most modern newspapers, but that does not mean it doesn't play exactly the same silly media games every other media outlet does. This article is about a legitimately dangerous dam in California that is being rebuilt to accommodate new learning about how earthen dams behave in

2017-06-23 16:19   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Examples of Why Government Infrastructure Projects Are So Hard To Get Done

As most of you know, my company operates public recreation facilities for a variety of public agencies under concession contracts.  These contracts are mostly similar to each other in their structure, but one key difference among them is the contract length -- we have both short-term contracts of say 5 years and long-term contracts up

2017-06-22 00:04   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Thank You

I don't think I was effusive enough in my previous post in thanking everyone who left such nice comments and/or sent me the great emails.  I really appreciate all the support and it makes a big difference.  Happy Fathers Day.  I am spending mine on the road for business, but in the outdoor recreation business

2017-06-18 14:08   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: My New Rules

Well, I guess it should be obvious that I have not totally given up blogging.  I thank everyone for the nice emails and the nice comments. However, I am going to try some new rules for the next month, less on my blogging and more on how I engage with the news. No more Twitter.

2017-06-16 20:14   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: My Philanthropy Idea for Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is apparently crowdsourcing philanthropy ideas from the public at large.  I wish him well, and hope he finds some interesting and useful outlets for his excess cash.  I would however encourage him to find something whose model can grow and still remain robust.  I have found that there are many charitable activities that

2017-06-16 19:44   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Best Thing I Have Read This Week, From Arnold Kling

From Arnold Kling: My understanding of post-modernism is based pretty much on what I have read from its critics. What is the best defense of post-modernism that is out there? These brief two sentences embody nearly everything that has been lost and desperately needs to return to public discourse and in particular to universities.  The

2017-06-16 19:23   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Karmic Justice: EU Does to Google What Google Did To Others With Net Neutrality

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2017-06-16 18:07   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Media Matters Provides A Great Reason to Defund Public Television

In response to PBS's airing of Andrew Coulson's pro-school-choice documentary, Brett Robertson of Media Matters writes: Why would a public broadcast channel air a documentary that is produced by a right-wing think tank and funded by ultra-conservative donors, and that presents a single point of view without meaningful critique, all the while denigrating public education? Well,

2017-06-16 16:27   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Thinking About Checking Out of Blogging

I am not sure I am able to continue blogging in the current environment.  When I began blogging over 12 years ago, it was to report on my various adventures in trying to run a small business.  It soon morphed into a platform for me to think out loud about various policy issues.  For example,

2017-06-14 18:03   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Some Approaches to Reforming Congress and Its Budget Process

I thought this Megan McArdle interview of Yuval Levin explained a lot about how the Congressional budgeting process has gone off the rails.   It does not blame anyone as somehow guilty of being bad actors, but merely looks at shifting incentives for parties and legislators and how these have gotten us where we are.  One

2017-06-14 16:14   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Me In My Actual Day Job

Given that this blog is a net financial loss to me, I do other things to put food on the table.  My actual day job, as some of you know, is running a company that privately operates public recreation areas.  I presented at a conference on new ideas for public recreation a couple weeks back

2017-06-13 23:23   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: So Where Is The Climate Science Money Actually Going If Not To Temperature Measurement?

You are likely aware that the US, and many other countries, are spending billions and billions of dollars on climate research.  After drug development, it probably has become the single most lucrative academic sector. Let me ask a question.  If you were concerned (as you should be) about lead in soil and drinking water and how

2017-06-13 23:06   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Elon Musk, America's #1 Crony Capitalist

This is from a couple of years ago, so the numbers will only be larger: Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Tesla Motors Inc.,

2017-06-08 06:08   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: As Predicted Here 2 Years Ago, More Diesel Emissions Cheating Alleged

Back in November of 2015 I wrote: I would be stunned if the Volkswagen emissions cheating is limited to Volkswagen.  Volkswagen is not unique -- Cat and I think Cummins were busted a while back for the same thing.  US automakers don't have a lot of exposure to diesels (except for pickup trucks) but my

2017-05-30 14:28   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Princeton Appears To Penalize Minority Candidates for Not Obsessing About Their Race

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2017-05-24 17:15   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Wow, This is My Life

This is pretty much a re-enactment of every discussion I ever have with my wife about our social calendar, with me as the dude on the right.  

2017-05-24 16:30   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: My New Pet Peave: Uber Drivers Who Stop For Gas After Taking My Job

Third time in a row I have had an Uber drive stuck at 5 minutes away from me for 20 minutes, with their car sitting right on top of the nearest gas station.

2017-05-24 00:53   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Republicans Are Shackled to a Suicide Bomber

It is hard for me to parse the news on Trump.  I made it clear I thought he was an egregious and unsuitable candidate in advance of the election, but I would like to evaluate what is going on in the Administration based on actual facts rather than my preconceived notions. What makes this hard

2017-05-22 19:08   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Immigration Law as a Precursor for Work Permits

I have made this same point before -- immigration restrictions on who can and can't work in the US is effectively a Federal work permit requirement, one that could easily be expanded over time: E-Verify, if implemented nationwide, would be a system of work permits. If you started a new job, you would need the

2017-05-22 17:42   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Reversing Cause and Effect?

I hate to quibble about a paper that supports my preconceived notions, but I am bothered by this as linked by Tyler Cowen We quantify the amount of spatial misallocation of labor across US cities and its aggregate costs. Misallocation arises because high productivity cities like New York and the San Francisco Bay Area have adopted

2017-05-22 15:59   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Arnold Kling on the Evolving State of US Politics

I loved Kling's book on the three languages of politics.  While I find this a bit depressing, I mostly agree I think that I would have preferred that the elite stay “on top” as long as they acquired a higher regard for markets and lower regard for technocratic policies. What has been transpired is closer

2017-05-22 15:46   Click to comment


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