Is there a border in online markets?

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

Eric Schmidt, a former CEO of Google, said in 2012 that the Web will dissolve national barriers. While we wait to see what is going to be left of national borders in the future, the rising importance of e-commerce can already help economists understand the nature of frictions in international … More >

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From germ theory to global warming, science denialism is beyond parody

Prof. Gene Rochlin said:

I'm afraid it does not make much sense. Taking aside the matter of "millions of variables" (there are lot, but not millions), and the false comparison to the stock market (which is a human activity, much harder to predict than a scientific one), the effect of CO2 on global average temperatures ... More >

Are Latinos politically conservative? Not really.

Ethan Rarick

Are Latino voters conservatives who might be drawn toward the Republican Party?

That argument has been made before, but a useful new report by the ever-valuable Public Policy Institute of California adds to a growing body of evidence in the other direction.

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Why Gov. Nixon has to remove prosecutor

Jack Glaser

We are a long way from knowing precisely what happened in Ferguson, two weeks ago, but one thing is clear: The town’s name has become yet another synonym for the chasm of experience dividing white and black America. Time and again, young African-American men have been fatally shot by police … More >

Ferguson and human dignity

Jonathan Simon

Michael Brown was buried Monday (August 25, 2014) in St. Louis, near his hometown of Ferguson, Mo. As the world knows by now, two weeks ago the 18-year-old recent high-school graduate was shot six times and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was unarmed, and the reasons for … More >

From germ theory to global warming, science denialism is beyond parody

Dan Farber

If you’re inclined to doubt science, why not start with the germ theory of disease? After all, isn’t it implausible that illness, death, and even mass epidemics are caused by tiny invisible organisms that invade our bodies?

19th-century French scientist Louis Pasteur, as painted by artist Robert Thom

And what’s the … More >

Why defamation suit against climate denialists is the right move

Ethan Elkind

One of the country’s leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann, has been harassed, threatened, and berated for his views that human actions are contributing to global climate change. But not just from anonymous commenters on websites — from leading publications like the National Review Online. After being compared to Jerry … More >

Teacher tenure: Yes!

Robin Lakoff

In his New York Times op-ed of August 19, Frank Bruni has become only the latest in a long line of authoritative people to denounce teacher tenure. By so doing, Bruni enters the race to become my least favorite Times columnist, against the stiff competition of Maureen Dowd and David … More >

How Many Black Boys Have to Die?

Stephen Menendian

Although the “facts” are still in dispute, it’s not presumptuous to add Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri to the list of young black men and boys killed by overzealous police or armed civilians: Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Jordan Davis and so many more, including young … More >

My Hillary prediction

Robin Lakoff

I am now in a position to make a prediction: Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be the Democratic candidate for president in 2016.

Remember: you read it here first.

Why do I think that? Because I have been following the rants of the commentariat on the topic for the last couple of … More >