In Praise of Irrationality

“The trouble with market research is that people don’t think what they feel, they don’t say what they think, and they don’t do what they say.” — David Ogilvy Beautiful equations are seductive. Mathematics brings logic and structure to a

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

The belief that human beings are fundamentally rational individuals is perhaps the most important foundational element of modern economics.  While no economist would ever claim that all individuals are rational all the time, it has long been thought that rational

Google’s Inflation Measure May Keep Government Statistics Honest

According to the Financial Times, Google is planning to construct a price index that could eventually serve as an alternative to official government statistics. While the Google Price Index (GPI) is still a work in progress and only tracks web-traded goods, the potential for expansion into other sectors of the economy could provide a more complete picture of inflation in the future. If fully developed, the GPI may keep government statistics honest in periods of higher inflation.

Furor Grows Over Munger’s ‘Suck It Up and Cope’ Comment

There probably is no other prominent American who is less suited to the sound bite than Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger. In any particular appearance, specific comments made by Mr. Munger can be collected in a manner that leads to a highly unflattering overall portrait. Charlie Munger does not need any defenders, and we do not necessarily agree with or endorse all of his views. Regardless, it is interesting to make a few observations regarding the reaction to his recent lengthy appearance at the University of Michigan. Read this article for more details.

Buffett Sees Broad Based Economic Recovery Ahead

Warren Buffett is not buying into projections of an imminent “double dip” recession and sees a broad based economic recovery ahead. Berkshire Hathaway’s diverse collection of operating companies gives Mr. Buffett a unique view into the health of the overall economy and he has frequently commented on overall economic conditions over the past few years. Read this article for more details.

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