Last year’s recap was subtitled “Hanging on for dear life (and rational policymaking)”. This year, at least we’ve ended the self-inflicted economic uncertainty (and officially sanctioned economic mendacity) of the previous four years.
January: Because I happen to be Asian-American while holding certain views, I’m accused of being intimidated by the Chinese government:
February: People are often surprised what’s contained in a standard economics textbook. Probably because they didn’t learn much in their economics course(s).
March: Some people will define words in ways not generally understood:
April: Foxconn is still the biggest disaster Scott Walker and the Republican legislature inflicted on Wisconsin.
Runner up: The argument that lockdowns would cause more suicides than fatalities from covid-19:
May: Judy Shelton tries to write about crypto.
June: More from Judy Shelton, now on wage rigidity.
July: Remembering “bleach”, when thinking about why policy uncertainty shot up so much higher in America than in Europe during the pandemic.
Runner up: A scholar of Classics tries to talk economics. Scary.
August: Why is it some people confidently assert that something does not exist when a few minutes on Google will demonstrate it does?
September: “Develop the West” project was not aimed at helping the indigenous population of Xinjiang.
October: It’s amazing what little some people know about finance, but are happy to opine on finance nonetheless.
November: The assertion that enhanced unemployment benefits was the cause of Wisconsin’s labor “shortage” needs a little empirical validation.
Runner up: Why is it if you have particular views, people who should know better are eager to assert you got unfair advantages and/or are an “elite”?
December: Asserting a wrong prediction is right because of (unstated) conditions only the forecaster knew of – i.e., why the 368K death toll due to covid-19 is actually correct!
Here’s to hoping for more reasoned analysis in 2022.
Happy New Year to all!