Archive for March, 2010

Teaching Economics in Texas

March 18, 2010

From this week’s New York Times:

In economics, the revisions add Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek, two champions of free-market economic theory, among the usual list of economists to be studied, like Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. They also replaced the word “capitalism” throughout their texts with the “free-enterprise system.”

“Let’s face it, capitalism does have a negative connotation,” said one conservative member, Terri Leo. “You know, ‘capitalist pig!’ ”

Is that how history is written?

Eastern Economic Association 2010

March 5, 2010

The Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association was a great conference taking place last weekend in Philadelphia. I enjoyed it a lot.

Here are the slides from my presentation and my paper.