T.C. Boyle, tcboyle.com, here. He been doing this for 14 years.
|San Miguel||New York: Viking||2012|
|When the Killing’s Done||New York: Viking||2011|
|Wild Child||New York: Viking||2010|
|The Women||New York: Viking||2009|
|Talk Talk||New York: Viking||2006|
|The Human Fly||New York: Viking||2005|
|Tooth and Claw||New York: Viking||2005|
|The Inner Circle||New York: Viking||2004|
|Drop City||New York: Viking||2003|
|After the Plague||New York: Viking||2001|
|A Friend of the Earth||New York: Viking||2000|
|T.C. Boyle Stories||New York: Viking||1998|
|Riven Rock||New York: Viking||1998|
|The Tortilla Curtain||New York: Viking||1995|
|Without A Hero||New York: Viking||1994|
|The Road to Wellville||New York: Viking||1993|
|East Is East||New York: Viking||1990|
|If the River Was Whiskey||New York: Viking||1989|
|World’s End||New York: Viking||1987|
|Greasy Lake||New York: Viking||1985|
|Budding Prospects||New York: Viking||1984|
|Water Music||Boston: Atlantic-Little, Brown||1981|
|Descent of Man||Boston: Atlantic-Little, Brown||1979|
Felix Salmon, Reuters, Why the internet is perfect for price discrimination, here.
Price discrimination is one of those concepts that only an economist could love. But the theory is clear: the more that a vendor can discriminate according to willingness to pay, the more value that vendor can add. Rory Sutherland uses air travel as an example: having a mix of classes allows price-sensitive people to pay low fares, while the rich have a large number of flights to choose from. On top of that, he could have added, airlines are extremely good at exercising price discrimination within classes, so that two people receiving identical service might be thousands of dollars apart in the amount they paid for their tickets.
Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution, Firefighter Hysteresis, here.
Alex Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University who discussed the fire statistics on the blog Marginal Revolution, explains it in terms of what’s called the “March of Dimes problem.” When polio was defeated, the March of Dimes, started under Franklin Delano Roosevelt to combat the disease, suddenly had no reason to exist. “They were actually successful, and it was something they never planned for,” said Tabarrok. “But instead of disbanding the organization, they set it onto a whole bunch of other tasks…and so it’s kind of lost its focus. It’s no longer easy to evaluate whether it’s doing a good job or not.”
This, in Tabarrok’s view, is what happened to the country’s fire departments: At a certain point, they became an organization in search of a mission. “So they ended up doing things they’re not necessarily the optimal people to do, like responding to medical emergencies.”