Sobre el conflicto intergeneracional

A veces se dice que existen diferencias de preferencias insalvables entre los jóvenes y los mayores, lo que puede terminar traduciéndose en partidos que favorezcan más a unos o a otros. ¿Pero es esto cierto? Kiko Llaneras afirma aquíque los mayores votan más, que votan a los partidos clásicos, y que las pensiones han subido, y que la pobreza entre los mayores ha caído de forma apreciable, mientras que la general e infantil han subido algo. En este artículo, disputo la tesis principal: no existe un conflicto…

The Soviet Union: Work and retirement

[Part of the Soviet Union series] The Soviet Constitution said ARTICLE 119. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to rest and leisure. The right to rest and leisure is ensured by the reduction of the working day to seven hours for the overwhelming majority of the workers, the institution of annual vacations with full pay for workers and employees and the provision of a wide network of sanatoria, rest homes and clubs for the accommodation of the working people. (Soviet Constitution 1936) Article 41. Cit…

Russia without Stalin, Venezuela without Chávez, Cuba without Castro

What would have happened if Russia, Venezuela, and Cuba hadn't had the leaders mentioned in the title? There is one paper for each country that tries to address that really hard question. Spoiler: the countries would have been better off. Was Stalin necessary for Russia's economic development? (2013) by Anton Cheremukhin, Mikhail Golosov, Sergei Guriev, and Aleh Tsyvinski. (Full paper) Therefore our answer to the ‘Was Stalin Necessary?’ question is a definite ‘no’. Even though we do not consider the human …

The Soviet Union: Healthcare

[Part of the Soviet Union series] In a previous post, I talked about Soviet GDP growth. In this post, I will discuss the healthcare system in the Soviet Union. I went and looked for most of the papers written on soviet healthcare. Most, if not all of them present a negative view of the system. If you think I'm cherrypicking my evidence, because it's implausible that there are zero papers claiming the system worked relatively well, you can go to google scholar and search for such evidence. There were some pe…

The Soviet Union: GDP growth

[Part of the Soviet Union series] Some data on soviet GDP growth. First, the chart many supporters of the USSR like. It supposedly shows that the soviet economy worked relatively well, and that industrialisation and growth were due precisely to central planning, when the Soviet Union was formed, in 1922, after the revolution in 1917. We can then compare the Soviet Union to the United States The USSR never did really compete in the same league as the US, and the gap between the two didn't became narrower a…

The Non-Non-Libertarian FAQ

The Non-Non-Libertarian FAQ aka The webpage you will always remember for changing your political views, maybe :) Contents 0. Introduction A. Economic Issues 1. Externalities 2. Coordination Problems 3. Irrational Choices 4. Lack of Information B. Social Issues 5. Just Desserts and Social Mobility 6. Taxation C. Political Issues 7. Competence of Government 8. Health Care 9. Prison Privatization 10. Gun Control 11. Education D. Moral Issues 12. Moral Systems 13. Rights and Heuristics E. Practical Issues 14. S…