Author Archives: Timothy B Lee

Web Specialization vs. Newspaper Autarky

Judging from the comments on my two posts last week on reporting and paywalls, I didn’t do a good job of making my case. I think that’s partly because this is an argument about culture as much as economics. Traditional … Continue reading

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Is Pro Publica “Awful” and “Leftist”?

Reihan Salam was kind enough to link to Monday’s post comparing the New York Times to Pro Publica, which led Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center to lambast him for promoting what Vadum considers an “awful leftist media outlet.” … Continue reading

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MetroPCS as the New T-Mobile

As a counterpoint to the arguments I made yesterday, Reihan Salam points me to this article about MetroPCS, which is on deck to be the new #4 wireless carrier: MetroPCS targets big city markets and keeps their prices low by … Continue reading

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Limited Government and the Spectrum Market

AT&T, the second-largest mobile phone company, recently announced that it intends to purchase T-Mobile, the number four wireless firm. Jerry Brito has a typically insightful post in which he argues that this merger is all about spectrum scarcity: If a … Continue reading

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Misguided Moralism in the Paywall Debate

Last week I got in a bit of an argument with Adam Thierer, Randy Picker, and others about the New York Times paywall. I think a paywall is a bad business strategy, but my opposition to paywalls is mostly a … Continue reading

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Shoe-Leather Reporting at the New York Times

The New York Times‘s says they’re going to take another stab at erecting a paywall, just four years after they abandoned their previous effort. On Friday, I got into a debate with Dan Rothschild about it. Dan wrote that “if … Continue reading

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Intellectuals and Political Coalitions

Matt Yglesias points to this fascinating paper about the influence of intellectuals on political coalitions: Following Converse’s advice that ideology is the product of a “creative synthesis,” conducted by a narrow group of intellectuals, this paper reports on attempts to … Continue reading

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Summer Writing

A quick personal note: unlike the past couple of summers, when I did software engineering work, this summer I’m hoping to spend my time writing about public policy. I’ve gotten a couple of good offers, but I’m hoping this blog … Continue reading

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Supermarkets, Congestion Tolling, and Free Markets

A few days ago I happened to stop by the local supermarket during the post-work rush. When I was ready to check out all the regular lanes had long lines. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t mind waiting a few minutes, but on … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship and Hayekian Discovery

Brink Lindsey points me to this great article on how entrepreneurs think. It turns out that many entrepreneurs hate the concept of market research. Rather than trying to predict the overall size of the market in advance, their approach is … Continue reading

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