Posts by arod

ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDING CODES AND CONNECTICUT– AN UNSURPRISING WHIMPER OF A BANG FOR OUR BUCK

A carefully constructed regulation can accomplish all kinds of anticompetitive goals ( ), while giving the citizenry the impression that the only goal is to serve the public interest. Bruce Yandle (1983) Professor Bishwa Koirala came to campus this past week. He gave a talk based on his recent research. His paper addressed a simple […]

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China? Seriously Dambisa?

I suppose intellectual vacillation is inevitable – perhaps even desirable.  And even changing one’s mind is ok – following a process of inquiry, introspection, examination, reflection, alteration, adaptation, as the case might require.  The fact is that for most people such rethinking of one’s position, when it does happen, typically comes about slowly and with […]

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Where Have all the Yutes Gone?

Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes…  Judge Chamberlain Haller: …Ah, the two what? Uh… uh, what was that word?  Vinny Gambini: Uh… what word?  Judge Chamberlain Haller: Two what?  Vinny Gambini: What?  Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh… did you say ‘yutes’?  Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.  Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute?  […]

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LET THEM EAT KENO

CEO Magazine in its Best and Worst States to do Business survey of Chief Executive Officers ranks Connecticut among the worst (45th) places to do business.  In a deeper examination of what ails the 10 worst states – 10 Worst States for Business – the magazine provides the following quotes from two CEO’s (an archetypical […]

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The Transformation of Gary

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berra Gary is the work-study kid that works in my office. Gary looks wholesome, sports a crew-cut, is remarkably good-natured, affable and earnest. He looks 14 although he is a sophomore in the business program – so he is probably […]

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Bogosity Alert!!!!

Bogosity Alert! Bogosity Alert! Wait till I tell you about who’s coming to sleepy good ol’ U. N. of H.:  the wares this man is peddling are inherently suspect– and that’s the reason for the alert. On the other hand, there’s a good chance he’ll blow your mind. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita will lecture here […]

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Public Education and the Regulatory State – Lesley DeNardis

Guest blogger Lesley  DeNardis is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Sacred Heart University, a member of the Hamden Board of Education, and a former UNH Professional in Residence in Economics and Public Administration.  She can be contacted at denardisl@sacredheart.edu. The issues she addresses in this contribution are to be found in greater detail […]

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Trade Matters – John Rosen

 Guest Blogger John Rosen is the Executive Director of Marketing Consulting Associates based in Westport, Connecticut.  You can reach him at jrosen@mcaworks.com.  arod The Doha round is the ongoing series of multilateral talks sponsored by the World Trade Organization aimed at reducing or eliminating international trade barriers among nations.  It is named after the city […]

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After the Hurricane

Perhaps your attention has drifted over to football, but the aftermath of hurricane Isaac has given way to another national sport. Isaac was the category-1 storm that just pummeled New Orleans and neighboring areas. Isaac landed close to the spot where Category-5 hurricane Katrina landed, back in 2005. We now know that Isaac’s destruction and […]

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