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Trump Says He’s a Great Negotiator, but the Evidence Says Otherwise

Despite his lack of experience in elected office and unpresidential behavior on the campaign trail, Donald Trump’s polling strength persists on questions regarding the economy. As Hillary Clinton turns her attention to the general election, she will take aim at Trump’s economic agenda. But if history is any guide, attacking his policies will have limited … Continue reading »

Agricultural economics as behavioral economics

Behavioral economics is perhaps the most important new paradigm in economics in the new millenium. It is based on the idea that people don’t behave rationally, like economics suggests – that they are, in Thaler’s words, Humans (homo sapiens) rather than Econs (homo economicus). In the 1960s and 1970s, Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon and others … Continue reading »

Why agricultural biotech hasn’t reached its potential

Some of the key questions we raised as we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the ICABR consortium were “why haven’t GMO crops been accepted and adopted as Green Revolution crops or medical rDNA?” “What are the constraints to the adoption of GMO?” “What are the differences among nations?” Several speakers addressed these questions and here … Continue reading »

Nice: Entering the gray zone

“I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one” — John Lennon, “Imagine” So close to home, one of our own, Nicolas Leslie, a UC Berkeley student abroad in France, after being missing for four days, was confirmed dead, one of the 84 victims of the terrorist attack in Nice. Three other … Continue reading »

Can we tell a different story?

The past two weeks have ripped at the heart of America. We have had to witness senseless killings and we’ve had to witness far too many of them. The nation witnessed with outrage and grief the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, their names added to a list that is already disproportionately heavy with … Continue reading »