Research on teen crashes confirms that reporters selling books on phone risks hype phone risks

Using phones while driving is dangerous and should stop. But the focus on this issue distracts us from other dangers in driving (which have -- you'd never believe from the news -- declined rapidly in recent decades). And it distracts us from the broader danger of relying on motor vehicle transportation. I dwell on this subject because it offers…

Exceptions overwhelm the rules in economics

I wrote a short essay for the New York Times Room for Debate feature. The question was, "Have we given economists too much authority?" Here's my answer, as edited by the Times. You can read the other essays and comments here. Exceptions Overwhelm Economic Rules There is a lot to be said for the common critique of…