Author Archives: Hamsterdam Economics

Obamacare’s A Success: What Does That Mean?

I wrote earlier this week about Paul Krugman’s claims that the health insurance market in New York is evidence that the Affordable Care Act is a “huge success.” Somewhere in that post I made the point that success is probably … Continue reading

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Censusgate 2014: The ACA, The Administration, and Enrollment Numbers

The New York Times made waves earlier today when it reported that the Census Bureau will be making extensive changes to the surveys it uses in order to gather information on health insurance status across America. The changes, which will … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman, the Affordable Care Act, and “Huge Successes”

Over the past few weeks, Paul Krugman has written frequently on the subject of the ACA, both in columns and on his blog. I haven’t had the time to read everything he has written (much less draft my own responses), … Continue reading

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A Libertarian Approach to Anti-Smoking Letter in the NYT

On Friday morning, the New York Times published a guest editorial by Peter B. Bach, a pulmonary physician who directs the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The piece, which is … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

The hiatus continues, but regular (as in more or less daily) posting will resume in early to mid-May. In the meantime, I’m going to try to make some sparing contributions. I thought I’d make a quick post on what I’ve … Continue reading

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A brief comment during my hiatus. I have made a strong effort over the past year not to comment on Paul Krugman’s blog posts here, since I feel that they are generally not particularly conducive to an informed and useful …

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A Hard-Line Libertarian in a Classical Liberal’s Clothes

Yesterday, Richard Epstein published an article entitled “My Rand Paul Problem,” with a tagline that read “why classical liberalism is superior to hard-core libertarianism.” The thrust of the article is more or less as follows. The renewed attention to Paul … Continue reading

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The Chronicle: Markets for a Neutral Net

Check out my latest article for the Chronicle, on how non-legislative and market-based approaches may be our best way of ensuring net neutrality. Tweet

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Et Cetera – 25 January 2014

Michael Munger, in a response to James Stoner, distinguishes between “voluntary” and “euvoluntary” exchanges, and argues that government should allow them both. He also extends Stoner’s insight that men and women do not always behave morally in markets to the … Continue reading

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Patrick Kennedy Misses the Mark on Marijuana Legalization

Earlier this week, former Representative Patrick Kennedy argued on MSNBC’s Hardball that President Obama’s comments on marijuana legalization reflect a misunderstanding of the issue that marijuana use represents. Specifically, Kennedy claimed, the president’s idea that the plant is less harmful … Continue reading

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