Noah Smith
Economics and other interesting stuff
Created 28 Mar 2020
  • People Aren’t Lazy (Including You!)
    22 Oct 20211 day ago • 9 min read • 37 39
    People may not be lazy, but Giggles the rabbit sure is. In order to highlight some thinkers I think could use a bigger platform and more attention, I’m going to be doing semi-regular guest posts — may...
  • Natsec is how America gets things done
    21 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 40 38
    Recently, I’ve seen people compare Biden’s Build Back Better agenda to the cost of U.S. defense spending: Sahil Kapur @sahilkapur Some context on price tags: The $725.8 billion defense spending bill i...
  • Beware shoveling money at overpriced service industries
    18 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 65 86
    The other day I got a CT scan at UCSF, to check for possible aneurysms (don’t worry, I don’t have one). My insurance and I were charged a total of over $20,000 for this service. This is over 4 times t...
  • Who is the real problem when it comes to climate change?
    15 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 65 63
    One big problem with American society is that we’re always looking for a group of people to label as “the problem”. As someone trained in economics, my own natural instinct is to analyze the incentive...
  • OK, NOW is it time to worry about inflation?
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 18 21
    New inflation numbers are out, and Team Transitory — the people who say not to worry about inflation and that it’s all going to go back to normal soon — are declaring victory. Core inflation, while st...
  • The Econ Nobel we were all waiting for
    12 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 56 88
    “And new philosophy calls all in doubt, The element of fire is quite put out, The sun is lost, and th'earth, and no man's wit Can well direct him where to look for it.” — John Donne The 2021 Econ Nobe...
  • Life in the New American Suburbs
    10 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 40 75
    “Outside a new day is dawning Outside suburbia's sprawling everywhere I don't want to go, baby” — Kim Wilde Conor Dougherty is perhaps the best chronicler of America’s battle for denser housing. I hea...
  • Why do people worry about deficits?
    08 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 37 103
    As bargaining over Biden’s big “Build Back Better” bill builds… …Sorry, just couldn’t resist doing that. My editors at Bloomberg would always take out long strings of alliteration, but now I’m free to...
  • Nuclear vs. Solar
    06 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 44 30
    Many of my friends in the techno-optimist community spend a lot of time thinking about nuclear power. When the question of how regulation holds back technology and growth comes up, the first example t...
  • Why the Build Back Better negotiations are going to disappoint me
    03 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 39 34
    The negotiations over the Build Back Better bill — the $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending bill that’s supposed to be the centerpiece of Biden’s economic agenda — are ramping up, with the typical am...
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