Most of the formal presentations from the economics bloggers conference I was over the weekend are available for viewing here. My favorites are Dean Baker on the inefficiency of patents, Arnold Kling dancing and discussing the economics of The Diamond Age, and Megan McArdle making me panic about anti-biotic resistant bacteria:
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I used to read things like Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague and be very worried. Then I kind of stopped thinking about it. But per McArdle’s presentation, the multi-resistant bacteria problem remains quite real and the mismatched incentives that drive it seem incredibly difficult to pull apart, especially on a global basis.