Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

Some musings and reflections upon Star Trek (The Next Generation and a few of its successors for those keeping score), reminded me that the Ferengi had an extensive list of economic rules.  The characters, from my recollection, were portrayed as a race of uber-capitalists who would exploit for the sake of profit at every turn.  Doing a quick search turned up The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.  My academic interest in the topic and the reason for posting a list of rules from a race that was often used for comic relief stems from the research program of rational choice and Continue reading Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

A Few Non-Connected Thoughts and Links

The three of us, along with Ray Carman, traveled to New York City for the weekend to enjoy a few hours of Eddie Izzard performing at Radio City Music Hall for this current "Stripped" tour.  As such, the trip is still fresh in my mind as I return to work on a few projects involving asymmetric relationships; this clip from over a decade ago is begging to be included as an introductory quote to an article or chapter on imperialism: Second, for those of you who are design savvy (I am not), the Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science Continue reading A Few Non-Connected Thoughts and Links