PAI 723 Readings

Fall 2020

Below are links to articles on the reading list that are available on-line through the Syracuse University library. The articles are organized by subject, as on the syllabus.

Because these articles are made available through the SU library, they are only available to SU students. If you are using a computer on campus, the links will take you directly to the article. If you are off-campus, you will be taken to a sign-in page so that you can access library materials remotely.

Porter, Eduardo, “Rationing Health Care More Fairly,” The New York Times, August 22, 2012, B1, B2.

Irwin, Neil, “How Much is a C.E.O. Worth? America’s Confused Approach to Pay,” The New York Times, August 6, 2015, B5.

Kolata, Gina, “Tiny Heart Devices Reduce Death Rate, But Cost is Concern,” The New York Times, March 20, 2002, A1, A26.

Brooks, David, “Do Markets Work in Health Care?” The New York Times, January 13, 2017, A27.

“Diagnosis: opaque,” The Economist, November 3, 2019, 57-58.

Supply and Demand
Lowrey, Annie and Ron Nixon, “Severe Drought Seen as Driving Cost of Food Up,” The New York Times, July 26, 2012, A1, A4.

Mashal, Mjuib, Najim Rahim and Fahim Abel, “Afgan Farmers Clamor for Aid. Their Request: Gorge on Watermelons.” The New York Times, June 21, 2019, A4.

Applications of Supply and Demand
Fuller,Thomas, “California’s $750,000 Question: How to Build Housing,” The New York Times, February 21, 2020, A19.

“Build, baby, build,” The Economist, August 11, 2018, 21-22.

“In a fix,” The Economist, January 11, 2020, 58-59.

“Field work,” The Economist, April 13, 2013, 43-44.

“The tables not yet turned,” The Economist, May 9, 2020, 13-15.

“Levying the land,” The Economist, June 29, 2013, 69.

“Credit where taxes are due,” The Economist, July 4, 2015, 64.

Mariani, John, “Gas tax cap comes off, but so what?” Syracuse Post-Standard, June 8, 2008, B1, B3.

Consumer Behavior: An Introduction to the Concept of Utility
“The benevolence of self-interest,” The Economist, December 12, 1998, 80

Frank, Robert H., “Economic Scene: Of Hockey Players and Housing Prices,” The New York Times, October 27, 2005, C2.

“Economic focus: Stomach staples,” The Economist, March 26, 2011.

Consumer Behavior: Maximizing Utility
“Money where your mouth is,” The Economist, November 10, 2013, 41-42.

“Feeding expectations,” The Economist, February 22, 2014, 63.

Applications of Consumer Theory
“Poor behaviour,” The Economist, December 6, 2014, 88.

“BOGOF bobbies,” The Economist, December 17, 2016, 50.

“Fat is a fiscal-policy issue,” The Economist, October 7, 2017, 71.

“Reasonable doubt,” The Economist, October 14, 2017, 68.

Appelbaum, Binyamin “Behaviorists Show the U.S. How to Nudge,” The New York Times, September 30, 2015, A1 & A10.

Brooks, David “The Nudge Debate,” The New York Times, August 9, 2013, A17.

Porter, Eduardo, “Nudges Aren’t Enough to Solve Society’s Problems,” The New York Times, February 25, 2016, B1 & B4.

Jack, Kelsey, “Do Monthly Bills Undermine the Impact of Carbon Pricing?” Our 2 Cents Blog, July 10, 2019.

Congdon, William J., Jeffrey R. Kling and Sendhil Mullainathan, 2011. “Psychology and Economics,” chapter 2 in Policy and Choice: Public Finance through the Lens of Behavioral Economics, Brookings Institute Press, Washington, DC (optional).

Thaler, Richard H. 2018. “From Cashews to Nudges: The Evolution of Behavioral Economics,” American Economic Review 108(6): 1265-1287 (optional).

No assigned reading

Costs of Production
“Land of the corporate giants,” The Economist, November 3, 2012, 76.

The Behavior of Firms Under Perfect Competition: Profit Maximization and the Derivation of the Supply Curve
Hu, Winnie, “As Uber Ascends, Debt Demolishes Taxi Drivers,” The New York Times, September 11, 2017, A1.

Porter, Eduardo, “Job Licenses in Spotlight as Uber Rises,” The New York Times, January 28, 2015, B1, B5.

Porter, Eduardo, “A Stock Windfall for Titans, A Debacle for Everyone Else,” The New York Times, February 14, 2018, B1, B4.

Varian, Hal R., “Economic Scene: Why Old Media and Tom Cruise Should Worry About Cheaper Technology,” The New York Times, C3, October 19, 2006.

“Against the grain,” The Economist, May 21, 2016, 65-66.

“Rules for fools,” The Economist, May 14, 2011, 84.

Perfect Competition and Economic Welfare
Kenny, Charles, “Trickle Down Economics,” Foreign Policy, December 5, 2011.

Porter, Eduardo, “The Risks of Cheap Water,” The New York Times, October 15, 2014, B1, B6.

Sorkin, Aaron Ross, “Price Gouging Can Aid Victims? Why Some Economists Say Yes,” The New York Times, September 12, 2017, B1, B6.

“Signal failure,” The Economist, April 11, 2020, 56-57.

“One country, three systems,” The Economist, April 21, 2018, 38.

The Effects of Market Power: Monopolies
Leonhardt, David, “Big Business is Overcharging You,” The New York Times, November 11, 2019, A23.

Rosenthal, Elisabeth, “Reinventing Post Offices in a Digital World,” The New York Times, October 31, 2012, A9.

Porter, Eduardo, “When Public Outperforms Private in Services ,” The New York Times, January 16, 2013, B1, B6.

Medina, Jennifer, “2-Year College, Squeezed, Sets 2-Tier Tuition,” The New York Times, March 30, 2012, A1, A20.

Medina, Jennifer, “Chancellor Asks California Community College to Hold of on 2-Tier Tuition Plan,” The New York Times, April 6, 2012, A11.

Borenstein, Severin “Would Non-Profit Utilities Cure What Ails California Electricity?” Energy Institute Blog, UC Berkeley, November 12, 2019.

“Going postal,” The Economist, April 21, 2018, 59.

Wald, Matthew L., “Fossil Fuels’ Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says,” The New York Times, October 20, 2009, A16.

“Taxes of sin,” The Economist, July 28, 2018, 44-45.

“The lives of others,” The Economist, August 19, 2017, 58-59.

Public Goods
Hu, Winnie, “Is Your E-ZPass the key to Congestion Pricing in Manhattan?” The New York Times, March 22, 2018, A18.

Nixon, Ron, “Agreement on Interstate Repair Needs, but Not on How to Pay for Them,” The New York Times, April 4, 2014, A13.

Wolfers, Justin, “Unusual Flavor of G.O.P. Primary Illustrates a Famous Paradox,” The New York Times, May 10, 2016, A3.

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Dudley, Susan et al. (2017), “Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker,” Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 1-18.

Vining, Aidan R. and Weimer, David L., “The Application of Cost-Benefit Analysis to Social Policy,” La Follette Policy Report, 19(2), Spring 2010, pp. 1-4.

Frakt, Austin, “Fighting Over Chores? Spend Money, Save the Marriage,” The New York Times: The Upshot Blog, April 2, 2018.

Zhuang, Juzhong, Zhihong Liang, Tun Lin and Franklin De Guzman, “Theory and Practice in the Choice of Social Discount Rate for Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Survey,” Asian Development Bank Economics and Research Department Working Paper No. 94, May 2007.

Pear, Robert, “New Laws Now Evaluated by Job Creation,” The New York Times, January 3, 2012, A16.

Wald, Matthew L, “Energy Dept. Said to Err on Coal Project,” The New York Times, March 11, 2009.

Discussion and Final Thoughts
“Moral hazard,” The Economist, February 24, 2018, 66.

“Room with a view,” The Economist, January 12, 2013, 66.

“The voice of public choice,” The Economist, January 19, 2013, 76.

“Get off my cloud,” The Economist, January 14, 2017, 69.

Carroll, Aaron E., “Forbidden Topic in Health Policy Debate: Cost Effectiveness,” The New York Times: The Upshot Blog, December 16, 2014.