Monday, January 30, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Seven background graphs on employment statistics:
Employment Growth since 1994
Unemployment and Underemployment
The Employment-to-Population Ratio
Thirty Years of the Unemployment Rate
Three Years of the Unemployment Rate
Unemployment:The Importance of Seasonal Adjustment
New claims for unemployment insurance emerge every Thursday...
Monthly Employment Report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics every month, at 8:30 AM on the first Friday: Statement by Commissioner of Labor Statistics Kathy Utgoff. The January 6, 2006 Employment Report itself.
Keywords: Unemployment, ECO120, ECO712
The government of Bangladesh prohibits any films made outside of Bangladesh from being shown in theaters in that country.
Can you guess the consequences of such protectionism for what's called Dhallywood? According to a report on NPR's program The World, these consequences do not include lots of creative energy springing forth in Bangladesh to produce outstanding films. The consequences instead include bad, formulaic, banal movies, each one very much like the others. The movies are so bad that theater owners have taken to inserting scenes of hardcore pornography into their screenings in order to attract audiences.
(To hear this report, click here, and then scroll down to -- and then click on -- "Dhallywood movie report.")
Tyler Cowen's In Praise of Commercial Culture explains why a protected movie industry is doomed to produce films that no one wants to see.
Keywords: Porn, Protectionism, Unintended Consequences, ECO120
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Speaking of which I believe I've pulled off a major coup, as I've organized a session that will include Posner. More on that in the next week.
Keywords: Nude Dancing