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.