Month: December 2016

Contra Sample Splitting

Marek Kirejczyk discussed a negative trend in software development called Hype Driven Development. I’m here to argue the same thing happens in data, econometrics, and academia. I’ll give two examples: the p-value and sample splitting. My real focus here is

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Todo: Fix this Job Training Meta-Analysis

This article argues that a good paper would be to augment a particular job training meta-analysis. Ehrenberg and Smith (2016) is a highly successful (in terms of citation count) and current text on labor economics and public policy. In a

Immediate Mental Direction

This article is a long-winded attempt to describe a very elusive sort of mental activity which I think exists, as part of a larger description of human behavior which may eventually support an agent based model or an analytical framework.

An Odd Argument for Belief in God – The Vandivierian Wager

Note: This article was originally featured in April 2013 a guest blog article on JTHMishMash, but that site has since gone offline. So I am publishing it here. In this article I cover an original argument for belief in God.

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Markets as Optimal Voting Systems

This article demonstrates that markets are an optimized voting system. I argue: Markets maximize corrected voter expression Markets solve Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem Further evidence economics is politics and vice versa. To have an optimal political system we need to have

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McAfee’s Miscalculation

John McAfee is a well known technologist and member of the liberty movement. He invented McAfee anti-virus software, so his tech of choice is security, and he was a Libertarian Party candidate for President although he was bested in the

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This Pro-Christianity Video Just Survived r/atheism

Among the many examples of real-world miracles we can point to, I have just discovered another: A pro-Christianity YouTube video which not only survived r/atheism, but it did so while bashing Bill Nye and advocating Creationism! Here’s the video, which

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Anarcho-Capitalism in The Economist

The Economist leans left and NeoKeynesian. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I smelled Pete Leeson on their pages. What exactly is an entrepreneur? is a pretty dope article on Schumpeterian entrepreneurship, one of the better approaches imho. They cite

4 Problems with Austrian Economics

This article outlines 4 problems with Austrian economics. Specifically, I’m arguing with Mises in 3 cases and in with Kirzner in 1. 1 Not all human action is rational Depending on how you slice it, my assertion here could be

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Economic Calculation is Possible Without Prices

I argue three key points in this article. First, there are parameters which can substitute for prices to make any economic problem solvable. Second, prices themselves cannot emerge without these priors, so the priors are logically superior in necessity. Third,

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