Sep 7, 2018

Finding Morality, a Productive Morning Routine, and a Way out of the Woods

Weekend Reads: September 7, 2018
Krista Chavez Staff Writer, Chad Reese Staff Writer

Want weekend reads delivered to your inbox every Friday afternoon? Click here to sign up.

How to Be Human: The Man Who Was Raised by Wolves

Matthew Bremner | The Guardian | Shared by Andrea O’Sullivan

Who would be more difficult to live with, humans or wolves? Would conversations bother you or mountains inconvenience you? Matthew Bremner takes a look into the life of Marcos Rodriguez Pantoja, a man who lived in the wild from ages 7 to 19.

Judging by the Cover: How the Magazine Industry’s Identity Crisis Is Playing out on Its Front Page

Alyssa Bereznak | The Ringer | Shared by Tyler Cowen

As print media continues to lose relevance, can magazines adapt to the new era? Alyssa Bereznak examines how magazines have evolved and the place they have in today’s digital world.

The Tyranny of the National Interest

Pierre Lemieux | The Library of Economics and Liberty | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

What does the phrase “national interest” mean? Should it be relevant to our political discourse and decision making? Pierre Lemieux explores preferences, individual decision-making, and more in The Library of Economics and Liberty.

It’s Not Only about Markets vs. the State

Michael Munger | American Institute for Economic Research | Tweeted by Veronique de Rugy

What is the key to successful self-governance? Does it lie in an abstract market or a domineering state? Michael Munger argues against this dichotomy and points to a middle ground.

This Economic Principle is the Secret to My Family’s Morning Routine

Jenny Anderson | Quartz | Tweeted by Michael Farren

What’s the best way to get your kids out of bed and out of the house in the mornings? “Don’t,” says Jenny Anderson in Quartz. Employing lessons from moral hazard theory is much more effective.

Sweden Was Long Seen as a ‘Moral Superpower.’ That May Be Changing.

Steven Erlanger | The New York Times | Retweeted by Tyler Cowen

Is anti-immigration nationalism seeing a rise in Sweden after a long tradition of welcoming new citizens? Some voters expressed their fears about this emerging European trend reaching Sweden in their upcoming election.

A.I. Could Spur Global Growth as Much as the Steam Engine Did, Study Shows

Evelyn Cheng | CNBC | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston Skees

New research shows that artificial intelligence could contribute a significant amount to US productivity and gross domestic product. There would be unparalleled opportunities for growth—and some notable drawbacks.

US Trade Deficit Soars Nearly 10 Percent on Record Imports

Jeffry Bartash | MarketWatch | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel

Despite President Trump’s trade policies, the US trade deficit has continued to grow and the GDP expanded by 4.2 percent in the spring. Why is this happening, and what effects, if any, do the new US tariffs on foreign goods have on this growth?

Insulin's High Cost Leads to Lethal Rationing

Bram Sable-Smith | NPR | Retweeted by Mark Koyama

When excessively high costs make life-saving prescription drugs difficult to obtain, what do individuals who need the medication do? Their solution is more dangerous than the actual cost.

Cherry-Picking Trade Losers

Editorial Board | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Matthew Mitchell

New tariffs on US-imported cherries to China have growers in the Pacific Northwest turning red with frustration. Find out how the ongoing US-China trade war is harming real Americans. 

Support Mercatus

Your support allows us to continue bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world policy solutions.Donate