Rice production plateauing and more from Marginal Revolution

I follow Korean rice farming with more than casual interest.  Because my in-laws are farmers and I have helped plant and harvest rice through a few seasons now, I have a natural concern for things that affect rice production here.  In the past, the Korean government placed tariffs on foreign rice, allowing Korean farmers to sell theirs at around eight-times international market value.

For more on my discussion of rice farming in Korea, look here.

Fro more on the future of rice production and farming, check out Marginal Revolution’s post on the subject of approaching maximal production.  It sounds very Malthusian.

If you have questions for the authors of Marginal Revolution, they are coming to Korea.

Tyler and I will both be in South Korea in early October for the Asian launch ofMarginal Revolution University. Tyler will be speaking at the World Knowledge Forum(Oct. 9-11). The WKF is known as the Asian Davos. In addition to Tyler, the speakers include Paul Krugman, Daron Acemoglu, Malcolm Gladwell, Cass Sunstein, Dani Rodrik, a number of other well known economists and social scientists and a host of political and business leaders.

I am worried about my motivation these days.  I look at the offerings from MRU and think about taking a course, but have not yet clicked on the link to begin doing so.

Aaron Mckenzie, what do you think about MRU?  Ah, not much is going on at that website, nor at Idiot’s Collective. Pity, he is the only blogging economist I know in Korea.

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One Response to “Rice production plateauing and more from Marginal Revolution”

  1. Aaron McKenzie Says:

    Oops, I just now realized that I’d been tagged in this post. Unfortunately, such tags don’t work quite as well on blogs as they do on Facebook, eh?

    As to MRU…I haven’t had much time to explore it, but from the founders’ track records, I imagine it’ll be exceptionally well done. And I think we can agree that the education field is ripe for creative destruction. Despite all the economic, social and cultural changes that have taken place over the past few centuries, we’re still relying on, essentially, the same old education model (sit in a classroom, listen to teacher, etc.), which may – or, I suspect, may not – be the best way to go about actually getting an education.

    I trust you saw this interview on MRU over at Reason.tv: http://reason.com/reasontv/2012/10/09/marginal-revolution-university

    As for CFE (aka The Liberty Society in English), the institution has been undergoing some changes this year, both in structure and in emphasis. I’ll still be collaborating with them from this remote location, and my colleague Casey Lartigue (caseylartigue.blogspot.com) remains on the ground in Korea, so check out his site, too, for semi-regular commentary on politics and economics in that part of the world.

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