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May 9, 2006

Another Comment on John Kenneth Galbraith

Brad DeLong is once again trumpeting the career of John Kenneth Galbraith.  Yesterday he posted a link to a Washington Post article (Friends Who Fit Together Smartly: Galbraith and Schlesinger, Like-Minded Neighbors) examining the connection between Galbraith and Arthur Schlesinger.  The article also provides further details on Galbraith’s life and …

JC Bradbury and Steroids in Baseball

JC Bradbury, currently an economist at the University of the South, but soon to be sports economist at Kennesaw State University, has a wonderful site called Sabernomics.  Today he posted a great essay detailing why home runs have increased in baseball.  Bradbury dismisses the issue of steroids and instead builds …

Re-Posting from The Sports Economist

A couple of weeks ago I joined The Sports Economist, a blog led by the one and only Skip Sauer. I have posted a few comments at this site examining the ability of payroll to explain wins in Major League Baseball, the possibility that we would be responsible for future …

Predicting the Fall in the Spring

This was originally posted at The Sports Economist on April 19.  Like all sports fans, I want to know the future. I don’t want to wait around until October to see who will win the World Series. I want to know right now. Well, what do we know right now? We …

Will We be Blamed for Future Strikes?

This was orignally posted at The Sports Economist on April 29.   The NHL lock-out of 2004-05 was the seventh labor dispute in the past 25 years to cost North American fans access to the games they love. And this incident was the biggest, leading to the cancellation of an entire …

Losing to Win in the NBA in 2006

This was originally posted at The Sports Economist on May 2nd.   One of the best recent articles written in the field of sports economics was “Losing to Win: Tournament Incentives in the National Basketball Association.” by Beck Taylor and Justin Trogdon. This paper, which appeared in The Journal of Labor Economics …