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Lost secrets of happiness or at least avoiding depression

Tim Harford reviewed a new book, The Origins of Happiness, which argues that happiness should guide government policy. Richard Layard has long argued that depression is an avoidable disease which should be one of the top health priorities of government. Unfortunately,

Posted in Health

Beer Companies Don’t Care About The Median Drinker

Updated February 9, 2018 Mark Kleiman has done some of the most insightful policy analysis of illegal drugs available.  He argues that home grown marijuana should be legal (and polls show that the majority of Americans have agreed for some

Posted in Health, Labor, Medianism

The best marijuana policy is the least popular: decriminalization

Americans tend to be conservatives in the sense that we tend to be risk averse.  We don’t want to change our system unless there is a really good reason.  In the case of our current policy towards marijuana, there is

Posted in Health, Public Finance

Monopoly power at the emergency room

There is a lot of monopoly power in healthcare in the US, and it has been driving up prices by decreasing competition. Research shows that greater consolidation in the hospital industry causes higher prices, but it is hard to explain

Posted in Health, Public Finance

Vox’s misleading gun death graph

In the wake of the mass shooting tragedy in Los Vegas, Vox posted an analysis showing that more guns lead to more gun deaths: I was immediately suspicious because I’m living in Guatemala and I am constantly being reminded that

Posted in Health, Violence & Peace

Median vs. mean life expectancy

Life expectancy is the mean number of years someone is expected to live if conditions would remain the same in the future as they are in the current year. But because life expectancy is slightly skewed to the left, David

Posted in Health, Medianism

Eradicating diseases through individual efforts

There are many diseases that have been basically eradicated from rich countries because they are easy to cure with modern medicine, but they persist in poor nations for the lack of money for basic treatments. For example, I’ll be taking

Posted in Development, Health

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