The snow gently falls as my long Presidents' Day weekend ends, and with a few new things out or coming soon, it felt like a good time for another personal update. (And no, that's not my house—a fella can dream, though!)
I've had a fairly productive time since ASSA, especially in January before the spring semester started:
- I finished revising my chapter “Bad Medicine: Does the Unique Nature of Health Care Decisions Justify Nudges?”, which will appear in Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics, edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Holly F. Lynch, and Christopher T. Robertson, from John Hopkins University Press.
- I revised my paper “On the Justification of Antitrust: A Matter of Rights and Wrongs,” presented as a conference in Philadelphia last fall, slated to appear in The Antitrust Bulletin with contributed commentary.
- I revised my paper “A Kantian-Economic Approach to Altruism in the Household,” which will be published in Palgrave Communications, a new general-interest, open-access journal.
- I reviewed the proofs and constructed the index for Law and Social Economics: Essays in Ethical Values for Theory, Practice, and Policy, my latest edited book, coming out from Palgrave in March.
- I submitted a revised version of my ASE presidential address, "Judgment: Balancing Principle and Policy," for possible publication.
- My four co-editors and I submitted our table of contents for the four-volume Major Works collection of seminal work in social economics to Taylor and Francis.
- Finally, I presented a version of my inequality talk from ASSA at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, which was a fantastic and enlightening experience.
Work continues now on a paper on nudge for a conference in Switzerland in April, the book on economics and virtue I'm co-editing with Jennifer Baker for Oxford, and other ongoing projects I've discussed before (and which can be seen here).
Finally, I had a bit of online activity that may be of interest:
- Two new posts at Psychology Today: "Why Everyone Should Try Being Invisible" (February 8), based on this fascinating piece in The New York Times (and tying it into both self-loathing and superheroes), and "Why So Cynical about Valentine's Day?" (February 13), addressing the flood of bah-hambug articles I saw online the week before February 14.
- A guest post at The Cultural Gutter, "My Year with the Fantastic Four," in which I gush a bit about Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben (and Victor too), including some of my favorite panels from over 50 years of FF comics.
- Finally, a post at Rowman & Littlefield International, "Can Economics Operate in an Ethical Vacuum? Of Course Not," discussing my new book series with them, On Ethics and Economics.
My goal of more frequent and widespread blogging goes largely unfulfilled, I'm sad to say, although I remain hopeful. For now, however, you're spared!