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Economist Beverages Just Got A Major Upgrade…

July 6, 2018

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Economist Beverages Just Got A Major Upgrade…: Happy Friday! You will probably not find it surprising that I am into basically anything that combines economics, bad puns, and booze.

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Not to alarm you, but here’s a headline that’s been popping up a bunch:

June 14, 2018

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Not to alarm you, but here’s a headline that’s been popping up a bunch:: Forgive me, I forgot a title and can’t seem to take back my error…anyway, here’s some reading about the dangers of bad math as it pertains to housing affordability…the upside is that consequences for low-wage workers are less dire than a recent analysis suggests.

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I want to talk about an interesting overconfidence experiment…

October 7, 2017

I want to talk about an interesting overconfidence experiment that one of my professors subjected us to back in the day…
So the deal is that you are given 10 numbers you are supposed to come up with guesses for, say like the current Wal-Mart stock price (you’re not allowed to check), the number of jelly beans in a jar, whatever. More specifically, you’re asked to come up with a “90% confidence interval” as your guess- in other words, give a range where you think the real number is going to be in that range 90 percent of the time. (Yes, this is a slight abuse of the typical definition of “confidence interval,” and no, I do not want an email about it. =P)
What usually happens is that when the actual numbers are revealed, most people see that their success rate was far less than 90

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The Dawn Of 5G: Will Wireless Kill the Broadband Star?

September 25, 2017

In case you wanted to spend your evening reading me not knowing much about 5G… 🙂
Technology knowledge gaps notwithstanding, I think there’s a lot to consider regarding new communication technologies from an economic standpoint- as you can probably tell from the transcript, the big thing that I find interesting is that existing broadband and, to some degree, wireless companies have higher opportunity costs of offering new technologies since they would at least partially be cannibalizing their existing business. I worry that this slows the pace of technological progress and provides incentives for anticompetitive behavior. This isn’t such a big deal for areas where the existing technology is “good enough,” but it matters more when it affects the incentives to get more households covered

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