What We Read Today 29 March 2014

March 29th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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  • Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions (Madeline Stix, CNN Living) The federal government could reduce ink consumption by 30% simply by using only Times New Roman, Garamond and Century Gothic type fonts for printing. This was determined by a 14-year old boy for a high school science fair project.
  • What I Mean When I Talk About IS-LM (Wonkish) (Paul Krugman, The New York Times) This is almost a joke (but not quite because it is too sad). Prof. K defends his use of the IS-LM model because he did a better job with it than did those who predicted inflation from QE. Rephrasing the argument: If someone else makes more errors than I do then that justifies the value of my methods. The discussion of the value and limitations of IS-LM deserves a much better analysis. Prof. K is still going with his 2011 discussion IS-Lmentary column as the final word. What is lacking are definitions of boundaries on how such a crude conceptual model, with no empirical data to support, can be safely used. Citing examples of how it did better than some other similarly crude concept does nothing to avoid misapplication in other situations.

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