Category Archives: General remarks

The meaning of death, from an economist’s point of view

A few days ago Garett Jones came to my office door and asked “what do we really know about labor supply?” I said we might as well extend the query to labor demand. In any case, here was part of … Continue reading

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Shared Plates, Shared Minds: Consuming from a Shared Plate Promotes Cooperation

  Here’s What Happens When Strangers Unexpectedly Eat Together At The Airport   A meal naturally brings people together, but does the way a meal is served and consumed further matter for cooperation between people? This research (n = 1476) … Continue reading

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10 Things I Learned: Tyler Cowen

That is a short interview with me from Northern Virginia magazine, here is one excerpt: When did you feel you had “made it”? Jan. 21, 1962 (his birthday). That was a turning point of sorts for me. How do you … Continue reading

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Economist’s Christmas

Economist’s Christmas Originally posted on Marginal Revolution – click to see comments and suggestions. Related Posts:

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Lessons from the Washington, D.C. dining scene

Can One Chef’s Approach to Global Fine Dining Catch on in Washington D.C.? Contrary to what many people will insist, it’s now possible to eat excellent Mexican food, including tacqueria-style tacos, in D.C., Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland. But this … Continue reading

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Food consumption now has higher entry barriers than does music consumption

Marco Bresba emails me: I loved your post on how Food has displaced Music in pop culture (March 29) I’ve been thinking about the topic for years, and I believe complacency is pertinent. Musical taste (like one’s taste in wine, … Continue reading

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“Why isn’t your way of eating and dining more popular?”

That is a request from an MR reader. Getting past the “because I am weird” answer, I will offer a few observations: 1. I think my view, or broadly speaking some version of it, is in fact pretty popular, though … Continue reading

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Discussions about restaurants in the New York Times

The data start in 1880 and run through 2013. Based on my visual reading of the chart, discussion of Chinese restaurants appears to have peaked in the 1940s (!). German restaurants are the biggest loser over time, with plunges during … Continue reading

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New edition of Tyler Cowen’s ethnic dining guide

Here is the one file, print it all out version, just revised. Here is the blog version, which is easier to follow in bits and pieces, looks nicer, works better, and accepts comments. Here are the links on Twitter. The … Continue reading

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Sound makes your food taste different

In a live demonstration conducted in 2006 with the celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, Spence found that when people were served a scoop of bacon-and-egg ice cream accompanied by the sound of sizzling bacon they described the taste of the ice … Continue reading

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