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Fun in Kansas City

Posted by: Michael Mandel on March 01

I just came back from the first-ever Economic Blogger’s forum in Kansas City, put on by the Kaufman Foundation. With one exception (see bottom), I had a great time chatting with Mark Thoma of Economist’s View, Mish Shedlock of Global Economic Analysis, Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism, Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution, Robert Cringely, Gregory Gordon of SSRN, Bob Litan and Tim Kane at Kauffman, Paul Kedrowsky of Infectious Greed, Arnold Kling of Econolog, Steve Malanga of the Manhattan Institute, Virginia Postrel, Allison Schrager of Free Exchange (the Economist’s blog), Amity Shlaes, David Warsh of Economic Principals, Matt Yglesias, and Ken Zolot of MIT. All smart, lively people.

The only problem: When we left for the airport on Saturday morning, it was snowing—the biggest snow in KC since 2005. Unfortunately, at the hour we left (5:15AM), they had neglected to plow the highways. Not fun driving.

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March 1, 2009 05:08 PM

Your last comment is why California and Florida will continue to thrive once we get thru the current downturn.

Steve in KC

March 2, 2009 03:08 AM

What a weenie......can't handle 3 inches of snow. Must be from Cali or Texas.

Mike Mandel

March 2, 2009 06:04 AM

Snow causes accidents aplenty
The Kansas City Star

A thick blanket of snow with a slushy undercoat resulted in hundreds of accidents and closed highways Saturday as police, medics and tow trucks struggled to keep up.

Area dispatchers took a flurry of reports on multiple-car accidents well into the afternoon. Police were working multiple-car accidents at Interstate 29 and U.S. 169, and a 15-car pileup at 12th Street and Interstate 35 in the downtown loop.

Interstates 70, 35 and 670 were closed on the southwest side of downtown as police worked the I-35 pileup near 12th Street, said dispatch supervisor David Burns.

Throughout Kansas City, the wrecks were abundant, he said

nancy jean

March 2, 2009 11:37 AM

was the Boyz Klub dictate for the meeting of "smart lively" people overt? did you just say "let's get he guys together?"
I am embarrassed for you. there are many women who could have easily been added to this list - and some of them are smart and lively.


March 2, 2009 01:15 PM


You should discuss with Arnold Kling his views on GDP growth rate acceleration in the 21st century. He has extremely bullish forcasts for how much the rate of GDP growth will rise in the 2020s, 2030s, 2040s, etc., but they appear to be well-thought out, and it would be great to get your perspectives on it.

He says world GDP per-capita in constant 2000 dollars will be over $100,000/yr in 2050. Currently, it is about $7000 a year.

Thank you for your interest. This blog is no longer active.



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