Email Bag

Here I will answer a few emails that I have gotten from visitors. My responses are in blue. Email me at: joy@economnomnomics.com

David writes:

I <3 your site.

<3

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Joe from Miami writes:

Love your Site … PS You must get this question all the time: are you any relation to you-know-whom, whose book The Calculus of Consent I just HAPPEN to be reading right now?

To my knowledge, I am not immediately related to James Buchanan. I would love to figure out who is our closest relative though.

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Daniel writes:

hey joy!

i just discovered your website from a post on cafe hayek’s blog and just wanted to say, i’m a huge fan! the cartoons are hilarious. it totally made my day.

Awesome. Thanks Cafe Hayek

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Bob from Michigan writes:

Nice blog. I must admit that I had not heard the expression nom-nom-nom, perhaps it is a function of my age or generation.

Sir, you are in good company. Those of us who have heard “nom nom nom” have probably spent too much time on the internet loling [laughing out loud] at captioned cat photos.

Perhaps you could explain on your blog why the demand/supply curve puts price on the Y axis, the dependent variable. When looking at the chart, it feels awkward, almost unnatural.

From the way we talk, it would seem that the independent variable is the price. For example, from your blog you say: “If the price of a cookie is too high, it’s not worth it.” If the price changes, the amount demanded or supplied changes as a result.

This is a good question, and you are not the first person to ask me. For now, I will outsource the answering to Greg Mankiw who has a blog post about this exact question. There is no very great reason for graphing it this way.

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Manuel writes:

Hello Joy.

I am an industrial engineer from Spain.

I have just discovered your blog www.economnomnomics.com and it is really good. Congratulations.

Thanks! And congratulations on winning the world cup.

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