Tag: debate
Both Presidential Candidates Fail Econ 101

This week we saw the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. Despite knowing better, I watched the whole thing. For over 90 minutes I watched as the two candidates went back and forth, offering generic, unclear policy prescriptions, took jabs at one another, and offered unnecessary personal...
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What Iran Can Teach Us about Selling Kidneys

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a debate on the PBS program, Point Taken with Carlos Watson. The program brings together four experts in different fields to debate relevant and controversial topics. The goal of the show is to inform, to present viewers and the live audience with different...
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PBS Debate: Why We Should Embrace Human Organ Sales

A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of being part of a debate as part of the PBS late night show, Point Taken with Carlos Watson (you can get more details on the episode here). Filmed in front of a live audience who is not only polled at the beginning and end of...
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Pay Attention to History

I recently had the chance to participate in an online seminar for high school debate team students. In preparing for their upcoming competition, they were interested in speaking with an economist about U.S. policy in the Middle East. An online lecture like this was a new experience for me—a very good one. First, I’m...
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Love Liberty? Learn to Argue.

After spending Thanksgiving with my family, a group consisting of one liberal democrat, one moderate, one libertarian, and one “Rush Limbaugh” conservative, I had the chance to think about how people argue when they disagree. (To answer your question, yes, our dinner conversations are always interesting and contentious at some point, and no, I...
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