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Could Incompetence Lead To Reelection?

by Barkley Rosser  (originally published at  Econospeak) Could Incompetence Lead To Reelection? I know, I know, it is way too early to talk about the presidential election of 2020, so maybe this is more relevant to midterms, and more likely it is just something merely momentary.  Nevertheless, it occurs to me that the increasingly apparent […]

Should The Complacent Class Be Called The Fearful Class?

by Barkley Rosser  (originally from Econospeak) Should The Complacent Class Be Called The Fearful Class? Tyler Cowen has published his most successful book yet, The Complacent Class, now on the Washington Post nonfiction bestseller list and getting reviewed by everybody from The Economist to the New York Times and on.  It is the Book de Jour […]

My response to Run’s and Barkley Rosser’s analogies to the 1980 election

Run’s post here discusses and elaborates on a comment by Barkley Rosser in the Comments thread to this post of mine.  I posted the following reply to Barkley’s comment, and reposted that comment as a comment to Run’s post: Barkley, I certainly share your fear that Trump actually could pull this off, but I don’t […]

Remembering the Carter-Reagan Race

Barkley Rosser made an interesting comment on one of the threads which is worthy of a separate posting. He is pointing out similarities between Trump and Reagan in saying whatever they want to say, backing away from them (it was just a suggestion), and never being held accountable for making statements devoid of facts. People […]

The Revenge Of Joan Robinson: Capital Theory Controversies Revive

by Barkley Rosser The Revenge Of Joan Robinson: Capital Theory Controversies Revive It is easy to argue about what is the most important or influential thing that the late Joan Robinson did in economics.  More conventional types would probably point to her widely accepted and even textbookified Economics of Imperfect Competition.  Some would point to […]

Gas All Boomers" Or At Least Tax And Cut Their Benefits More Says WaPo

by Barkley Rosser    “Gas All Boomers” Or At Least Tax And Cut Their Benefits More Says WaPo No, nobody in today’s Washington Post Outlook section devoted to the boomers said that first line, although it has become a commonplace on such sites as Economics Job Market Rumors where anonymous and frustrated millennials very frequently and […]

VSPs Get Their Way With Budget Deal: Social Security Benefits Are Cut

by Barkley Rosser     (Econospeak) VSPs Get Their Way With Budget Deal: Social Security Benefits Are Cut All the Very Serious People are jumping up and down and cheering.  We have a budget deal in the House and the debt ceiling is being raised and there will be no more artificial budget crises until […]

Why Are We Rushing To Get Rid Of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

by Barkley Rosser via Econospeak (reposted with authors permission) Why Are We Rushing To Get Rid Of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? “How many Virginians does it take to change a light bulb? Five: One to change the bulb and four to talk about how great the old bulb was.” I think I am turning […]

Barkley Rosser’s Review of Behavioral Economics (ROBE) Website Goes Live

Review of Behavioral Economics (ROBE) Website Goes Live Amazingly enough, today on my 65th birthday, the website of the new journal that I am Editor-in-Chief of, the Review of Behavioral Economics (ROBE), has gone live.  So, we are open for business at http://www.nowpublishers.com/…. Prof. J. Barkley Rosser  .