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Suggested Reading for Your Winter Break

in Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

The semester is over and winter break is here! What will you do with your time off (aside from finishing your HSF application)? Here are some suggested readings from some IHS staff: Chris Martin (Economics) “The Making of an Economist Redux” by David Colander “The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why it Matters” by Diane Coyle (not saying that I agree with […]

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The Civil War at 150

in Scholarship

Editor’s Note: This post is from IHS Program Officer Dr. Phil Magness. 150 years ago today the state of South Carolina initiated what it dubbed the “Revolution of 1860″ and set in motion the chain of events that became the American Civil War. Today, the South Carolina secession ordinance marks the beginning of an extended Civil War sesquicentennial over the […]

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The Economist on “The Disposable Academic”

in Graduate Students

What are your thoughts on this piece in The Economist, “The Disposable Academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time“? The editors don’t take a particularly cheery point of view: But universities have discovered that PhD students are cheap, highly motivated and disposable labour. With more PhD students they can do more research, and in some countries […]

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Teaching Comparative Advantage, circa 2004

in Teaching

If you want to give your introductory econ (or even high school) students a chance to practice the concept of comparative advantage outside of class, the old Desert Island Trading Game might still be useful.  This is an old Institute for Humane Studies project from back in 2004, and (let’s be honest) the graphics weren’t that fantastic even then.  However it is […]

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The History of Economic Thought: A Vast Resource

in Teaching

Possible classroom resource and website worth checking out: The History of Economic Thought. The site “serves as a repository of collected links and information on the history of economic thought, from the ancient times until the modern day. It is designed for students and the general public, who are interested in learning about economics from a historical perspective.” Resources include […]

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Discussion: Questions for Kantian Philosophers

in Graduate Students

Bill Glod: Doesn’t morality ultimately need to get its directive force from sentiments? Otherwise, it seems a skeptic can always ask defenders of Kantian approaches: “But why should I be rational (in the Kantian sense)?” or “Why should I refrain from treating humanity in myself and others merely as means?” or “Why should I act on the basis of universalizable maxims?” […]

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Sustainability in Higher Education

in Uncategorized

Last night, Ashley Thorne from NAS and Adam Kissel from FIRE appeared as guests on WNJC 1360, a Philadelphia-based radio station, talking about the campus sustainability movement as the latest trend in political correctness. Adam talked about the residence life program at the University of Delaware that called itself a “sustainability” and “citizenship” program but was really aimed at imparting […]

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Succeeding in the World of Ideas: The Great Potential of an Academic Career

in Graduate Students

This is an excerpt from a career guide published by IHS, Succeeding in The World of Ideas.   The Great Potential of an Academic Career “ . . . the ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. […]

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Do Lawyers Hate Law Professors?

in Faculty

A post over at The Faculty Lounge claims that “most practicing lawyers don’t think too highly of legal academics as a group.” Do you find this to be true? I’m skeptical. Full post:      I don’t know that lawyers do hate law professors, but if I had to guess, I’d say that most practicing lawyers don’t think too highly of […]

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Choosing a Graduate School

in Undergraduate Students

Choosing a School Introduction Most prospective graduate students know the importance of choosing a “good” graduate school, but few fully appreciate the variety of considerations which can go into making a school a good one. Academic ratings such as those found in U.S. News and World Report provide information that is easy to obtain and understand. However, as in most […]

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