I write an economics newsletter for the Opinion section of the New York Times. It comes out Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I get to range widely. Topics in the last couple of months have included (in alphabetical order) Army recruiting, artificial intelligence, bank failures, Black Wall Street, cost-of-living adjustments, the dollar's strength, electrification, fertility in the pandemic, hoarding, housing, humility, inflation, the Jones Act, Charles Kindleberger, Elon Musk, Theodore Roosevelt's antitrust policy, and Xi Jinping.

I'm grateful that I get paid to do something I love, which is to learn new things and then explain them to others in a clear and, I hope, entertaining way. Nearly everything I know about economics, I have learned on the job. I took just one year of economics in college. Fortunately I have had some excellent teachers over the past four decades. Central bankers, Nobel laureates, newly minted PhDs—all have generously and...

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