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Despite the hype, I have never been convinced by Uber, there is a reason taxi companies formed and is wasn't just radio dispatch.  Other things such as ability to select and keep skilled drivers, economizing on capital stock, insurance and maintenance seemed to me party powerful economic forces. Uber's prem

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By many metrics Oregon has one of the worst public education systems in the Untied States.  Oregon's per-pupil funding is 15% below the U.S. average,  Oregon's low graduation rates are 48th worst in the nation,

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It has been a very long hiatus - I have had a series of things that have demanded my time and taken me away from blogging.  But through industry, time and fate I suddenly find myself (and by sudden I mean as of today) with a more manageable work-load and my thoughts drift to going back to doing some stuff I enjoy. &nbs

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Fred Thompson checks in with another post on M-97I dislike M-97. Sufficiency aside, it violates all of the criteria that for 40 years I have taught my students should be employed to evaluate tax proposals: Neutrality, Efficiency, Horizontal and Verti

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Fred Thompson checks in with the forth in a series of posts on Measure 97 (IP28). Proponents of Measure 97 deny that most of its burden will be shifted forward to consumers and that it will thereby reduce the progressivity of Oregon’s tax sys

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 Fred Thompson checks in with an third post on Measure 97 (IP28). So far, my criticisms

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When the new iPhone 6 w

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Editor's Note: I really can't give any prognosis for how soon this moribund blog will recover.  It has been a pretty stressful time in the Emerson household and this blog has had to take a back seat. Fortunately, we have the sagacity of Fred Thompson to w

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I pop my head up above the earth to

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Dear readers:Recently a family health crisis has caused a severe disruption in my life and made it impossible to continue to blog for the time being.  I do hope to return to blogging at some point but right now I need to focus my attention and energy elsewhere.  Please accept my apologies and

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Note: Here is another dispatch from Fred Thompson.  We were talking about the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa, which has been boiling for several months now, when a colleague asked: “There are Ebola vaccines for primates and mice, but not for humans.  Why?” And

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Once again The Economist comes through with a fun chart:

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The unemployment rate remained

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To give the haters some ammunition: The dull ni

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Note: here is another dispatch from Fred Thompson.Thanks to a series of initiatives and referenda during the decade of the 1990s, primarily Measure 5, enacted in 1990, and Measure 50, enacted in 1997, Oregon has acquired a one-off pro

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After all of the press, good and bad, about

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The Upshot, The New York Times's answer to FiveThirtyEight edited by David Leonhardt has some fantastic poll data about soccer around the world.  Here are the two charts from th

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It looks like it is finally time again to

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The end of the month is near, a

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Its Friday afternoon so I'll write about my third favorite subject (behind economics and beer): soccer. There seems to be a lot of consternation among the US Soccer pundit class about the snub of Landon

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This from the

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This is the second in a two-part review by Fred Thompson of Thomas Piketty's book: Capital in the 21st Century.  The first part was posted yesterday. 

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This is the first in a two-part review by Fred Thompson of Thomas Piketty's book: Capital in the 21st Century.  The second part will be posted tomorrow. 

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Another good mont

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I know I have been AWOL lately, many many pressing things in real life has left me without time to blog.  So today I make it all up with useless content!From the NY Times:

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This graph is from a v

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NOTE: Another contribution by Fred Thompson:

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This from Josh Lehner's newest blog p

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