Miles Kimball

Miles Kimball


Eaton Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado, Bloomberg Columnist, and Independent Blogger on economics, politics, religion & fighting obesity

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In which I conjecture that 'too much' salt doesn't cause high blood pressure, but salt restriction might sometimes be a reasonable partial treatment for high blood pressure if you get high blood pressure from some other cause:

WSJ headline: "Chocolate Makers Are Having a Hard Time Cutting Down on Sugar" Just excuses! I have personally eaten a wide variety of chocolate bars with relatively little sugar. See my post "Intense Dark Chocolate: A Review":

See links to all of my econolimericks here:

The lower the wage quintile, the harder hit by the pandemic. cc @_RuchirAgarwal  From

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Countervailing power: "The ability of hospitals to raise prices after mergers is significantly blunted in markets with few health insurers" From "Concentration and Pricing Power: Hospitals versus Insurers"

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The results of Texas's 10% rule provide identification for important effects: "Pulled-in students also enjoyed higher earnings 9 to 11 years after high school graduation." But didn't seem to reduce earnings for pushed out students. .

Shelby Steele argues African-American identity should be based on something other than victimization by racism. A test of things being done right: if we can reach a future with much less racism, African-American identity should be mostly unaffected.

@causalinf  @sacksdanielOther  than PQ circles, my biggest projects in the world are 1. Adding negative interest rate policy to the monetary policy toolkit, 2. developing the principles for national well-being indexes (those papers are relevant) and 3. fighting the rise of obesity

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This is huge. Most social science research could now be exempt from IRB review:

Encouraging vulnerable Americans to attend religious services could lower the suicide rate, and a new type of church shows promise, writes @ErickaAndersen 

This is a remarkable graph of the seasonality in suicides. From

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“In­door din­ing is par­tic­ularly dan­ger­ous in crowded set­tings where ven­ti­la­tion and air fil­tra­tion are poor, ex­perts say, be­cause vi­ral par­ti­cles can build up in the air.”

It is Nordic culture, not Socialism, that makes Nordic countries do well, says Nima Sanandaji:

I wasn't satisfied with the textbook treatment. So here is mine: "The Costs of Inflation"

Distorting basic economic statistics is what wannabe dictators do.

Elizabeth Warren’s suspicion of Wall Street is her least radical position. This is where she is on the most solid ground. Wall Street deserves much fiercer oversight. In particular, leverage should be limited and corporate borrowing taxed more heavily.

Noah does a nice data dive here. You don't know what you are talking about on wage trends if you don't know what is in this article. What caused wage stagnation?

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