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Ask a Trained Parrot

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have long been among my favorite social scientists thanks to their meticulous, incisive work about economics and the family. Their paper “Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law: Divorce Laws and Family Distress” is one of the most horrifying pieces of non-fiction I’ve ever read. I can’t believe anyone who…

(Not) Disproving Public Choice

Last week, the Blogger Still Known As Publius wrote a nice piece arguing that the potential-to-likely passage of net neutrality, a public health care option, and energy reform disprove, or at least have a strong potential to disprove, public choice theory.  Unfortunately, I must respectfully dissent.  First, a quick primer on the relevant portions of public…