Thursday, November 7, 2013

Economists paid to endorse clothing? And other links

1. Alex Tabarrok asks if Obama spied on Romney

As recently as a few weeks ago if anyone had asked me that question I would have consigned them to a right (or left) wing loony bin. Today, the only loonies are those who think the question unreasonable.

2.  The World Series of Poker crowns a new champion.  

I miss playing in the WSOP.  Next year I'll be back in Vegas for a preliminary event, and I'm looking forward to it.  I'll post details as it gets closer.

3.  Daniel Hamermesh from Freakonomics thinks people will pay him to wear clothing to class.

The university could ask me to advertise—wear a cap, or a t-shirt, just like a tennis star—showing the product of whichever companies bid the most for the rights to advertise on my apparel during class. 
Seriously?  Who is going to pay to have an economist endorse his/her items?  Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the idea of making a few extra dollars to wear a brand of clothing, but I seriously doubt people like me and Dr. Hamermesh are going to who these firms look to when marketing their clothing.  I think some companies might even pay me NOT to wear their clothing.

4.  Great flowchart of Obama's "you can keep your health plan"  ...

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