Author: Ryan Noonan

Ryan Noonan is an economist with a small federal agency. Fields in which he considers himself reasonably well-informed: literature, college athletics, video games, food and beverage, the Supreme Court. Fields in which he considers himself an expert: none. He can be found on the Twitter or reached by email.
24

Meanwhile, in my day job…

Lots of things conspire against me writing as much as I’d like around here, and one of them is my job. So I’m pleased to announce that I can at least sort of combine...

56

Gender!

A piece of advice from a 1918 children’s wear trade journal:

28

2012-13 College Football Bowl Season Preview

Last year, I posted the bowl preview I always write for a friend. Since I wrote it again this year, I figured I’d post the new version. I tried to edit for a more...

15

Make It Four

Okay, this was outed in the comments on Will’s post, so I’ll just put it here where everyone can see. One of the reasons (there are several) that I have done so little posting...

109

The Prize Tax

Eliminating taxes on the prizes that accompany Olympic medals is a terrible idea. In fact, as far as I can tell, there is quite literally no economic logic undergirding the argument. This is one...

386

In Which I Turn Into A Neoliberal Shill

This is not the most original post idea I’ve ever had, but this post by Matt Yglesias got me thinking, and I decided to just write it all down. The basic argument is about...

72

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right

I just wanted to chime in to follow up on a few of Will’s points – and add my own, substantially more enraged, perspective on the Penn State sanctions handed down today. My first...

71

Arguments FOR The Electoral College?

I’m reading Akhil Reed Amar’s book, America’s Constitution: A Biography (on a blog recommendation from Peter Sagal), and it’s really excellent, like most everything Amar writes, says, or does. I just got to the part...

0

Praying Drunk

Don’t want to interrupt the symposium, so I’m tossing this in Off the Cuff. Liz Anderson, who is still my favorite professor from undergrad, has a pretty awesome piece up at Bleeding Heart Libertarians...

68

Some Thoughts On Wisconsin

1. Part of me, of course, is sad Scott Walker won. He’s a conservative and I’m not. All things considered, I prefer when conservatives lose elections. That said, the rest (most?) of me is...

35

What Is Game Of Thrones For?

Warning: This post contains spoilers through the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire and the second season of Game of Thrones. Also, if you choose to follow the links, you are...

6

An Ambiguous Utopia

I just finished The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin, and despite the fact that I am probably not going to contribute much to the body of criticism surrounding it, I wanted to write...

39

Adventures in Baby Name Charts

After reading Will’s post yesterday about baby names, I started poking around in the Social Security baby name database (which is an incredibly fun resource and might be all we get, since Republicans think...

67

Damn Dirty Apes

Okay, whatever partisan disagreements I have with the House Republicans, their decision to eliminate the American Community Survey is a bridge too damn far. This means war.

12

Constitutional Authority Statements

I was getting ready to write something about the new Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA for short – couldn’t get another O in there, guys?), and its intersection with the free market, libertarianism...

67

The Sometime Blogger Formerly Known As…

Hello all! Sorry I’ve been kind of out of touch for a month or so. I’ve had a lot of big things going on, the second-biggest of which was getting a new job. The...

9

Pick ‘Em Bleg

I went to check Yahoo! ™ to see who won our little competition, but it seems that they have already euthanized the bracket groups. Anyone know who the winner was? (I apologize for not...

Editor Picks