Matt Yglesias on Why the Population is Too Damn Low (Ep. 104)

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On things under- and overrated

COWEN: It’s time for a bout of overrated versus underrated. Are you game?

On the Matt Yglesias production function

COWEN: Last but not least is the Matt Yglesias production function. As you know, many public intellectuals — they use economics as a base, and then that shapes how they comment on public policy. The way I’ve read a lot of your career is you’ve used analytic philosophy as your base, then later learned some economics. Is that something you did consciously? Do you agree with that characterization? And why do people do that?

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