Thursday, November 8th, 2007
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? â€” Four great examples of reasoned parenting.
2. Tantrums as status symbols â€” "Parents mostly serve toddlers, not the other way around."
3. The selfish reason to have more kids â€” It’s all about maximizing average utility over your whole lifespan, particularly your retirement.
4. An economist’s guide to happier parenting â€” 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 â€” How does an economist play games with a 3-year-old? Competitively.
6. Explaining economics to children â€” 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.
- Five links for looking, vol. 1
- Five links for looking, vol. 2
- Five links for looking, vol. 3
- Five links for looking, vol. 4