Education

Polarization and the Academy

This post first appeared on CSR's Christ Animated Learning Blog. One of the clearest conclusions we can take away from the 2020 election season is that political and ideological polarization has continued to be one of the most powerful forces in our social life. In…
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December 11, 2020
Ethics

Rules of Engagement

I have been concerned for some time that our dominant mode of political engagement and political conversation are deeply destructive. If you are reading this, you probably agree. However, de-escalating our political rhetoric is difficult to do. I want to reflect just briefly about why…
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September 26, 2020
EducationGeneral Economics

Why Is College so Expensive?

Education is becoming more expensive, but not because of government subsidies, not because of the growth of administration, not because of an amenities arms race. The reason is wages. People are expensive and have become more so over time, in relative terms. This is William…
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September 15, 2020

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Against Inefficacy Objections

Against Inefficacy Objections: The Real Economic Impact of Individual Consumer Choices on Animal Agriculture Coauthored with Matthew Halteman, Calvin College Published in Food Ethics. Preliminary Draft Abstract When consumers choose to abstain from purchasing meat, they face some uncertainty about whether their decisions will have…
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August 23, 2017

Ethics

Articles & Essays

Can Baby Bonds Adress Historic Racial Injustice?

This paper was prepared for the ASE Sessions at the 2021 ASSA annual meetings. Abstract: The injustices that have been visited upon African Americans in the United States have a substantial economic legacy. The wealth gap between African American and White citizens is just one…
Ethics
Capitalism, Opportunity, the Welfare State, and Virtue
Ethics
Stewardship as an Environmental and Economic Ethic
Ethics
Rules of Engagement

Education

Education

Polarization and the Academy

This post first appeared on CSR's Christ Animated Learning Blog. One of the clearest conclusions we can take away from the 2020 election season is that political and ideological polarization has continued to be one of the most powerful forces in our social life. In…
Education
Why Is College so Expensive?
Education
Can Higher Education Be Unbundled?
Education
Why Colleges will not be Replaced by Online Education

General Economics

General Economics

Regulation, Licensing, and Poverty

There is a strong sense, particularly on the left and the populist right, that our market economy in the U.S. is not serving everyone well. The argument goes something like this: Those who have some wealth and good connections find an easy path to education,…
Articles & Essays
Can Baby Bonds Adress Historic Racial Injustice?
Ethics
Capitalism, Opportunity, the Welfare State, and Virtue
Ethics
Stewardship as an Environmental and Economic Ethic