Five Links for Looking, vol. 5: The Economist Edition

What happens when economist bloggers become parents?

1. Can economics help you be a better parent? — Four great examples of reasoned parenting.

2. Tantrums as status symbols — "Parents mostly serve toddlers, not the other way around."

3. The selfish reason to have more kids — It’s all about maximizing average utility over your whole lifespan, particularly your retirement.

4. An economist’s guide to happier parenting — I started laughing when I read, "If you can afford a nanny, get a nanny. If you can’t afford a nanny yet, consider waiting to have kids until you can."

5. The hard line on games — How does an economist play games with a 3-year-old? Competitively.

Bonus Link:

6. Explaining economics to children — A father discusses Australia’s decision to give $3,000 for each new baby born. Incidentally, he predicted a spike in births for the first day the government program was implemented, and indeed, that day had the greatest number of births in the past 30 years.

Bonus Unrelated Video:

Warning, it’s not safe for young children or fragile minds; it’s how a crime channel would produce a children’s show.

Also see:

  1. Five links for looking, vol. 1
  2. Five links for looking, vol. 2
  3. Five links for looking, vol. 3
  4. Five links for looking, vol. 4

Credit: Several of the links via Thinga-reader Eric. Video link via Puppet Vision Blog.


2 Responses to “Five Links for Looking, vol. 5: The Economist Edition”

  1. jeremy says:

    man that video is so so funny…..still laughing

    November 8th, 2007 at 12:28 pm

  2. Eric Crampton says:

    Gans today shows that the latest iteration of the Aussie baby bonus also had effects on birth timing:

    November 8th, 2007 at 7:20 pm

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