The Consequences of the 1960's Race Riots Come Into View
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", December 30, 2004As an economic historian, Robert A. Margo has long wanted to study the 1960's. But, he says, "for the longest time people would say, 'That's too close to the present.' "
High In the Sunlit Silence
The enduring glamour of aviation
Reason, December 20, 2004The new movie about Howard Hughes could have had any number of titles, from the simple Hughes to the inflation-ignoring America's First Billionaire. But no alternative would have the magical attraction of The Aviator.
The Eagle Has Landed
Review of Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas, by David Hackett Fischer
The New York Times Book Review, December 18, 2004
With So Many Choices, No Wonder You Need Help
The future of "mediated shopping"
The New York Times, December 05, 2004Several years ago, my husband decided to give me a watch for my birthday. To make sure I got one I really liked, he took me to a watch store so I could pick out my favorite. Big mistake.
A hurdle faced by Southwest Airlines shows the drawbacks of protectionist legislation
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", December 02, 2004When I asked my editor whether I could be reimbursed for my travel to the American Economic Association meetings this year in Philadelphia, he agreed, with a caveat.
Where Snobbery Is Out of Style
In praise of "shopping magazines"
The Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2004
Why are Americans so divided over religious issues? Maybe it's those extreme messages.
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", November 03, 2004Have religious issues become more important in politics because too few Americans go to church?
Disabilities In the E.R.
Why, if it's illegal to discriminate against medical students who are slow readers, is it not illegal to discriminate against the ones who are slow learners?
Forbes, October 30, 2004
A Texas experiment that shifts money from rich to poor school districts is turning into a major policy disaster.
The New York Times, "Economic Scene", October 07, 2004PUBLIC policy experiments rarely produce complete successes or total failures. They usually leave room for people with different goals or values to keep arguing.
"Substance of Style" and the Modern Economy
The variety revolution
National Public Radio, "All Things Considered", September 14, 2004