A few things I’m interested in. Please talk to me about these if you’re expert in these.
Microeconomics: every aspect
History of technology
Commercial life and its effect on ethics
U.S. Constitution, in particular Article II powers, commerce clause, contract clause, First Amendment right to speech, Fourth Amendment right to privacy, Fifth Amendment takings power
How we signal socially and how we process stories
Verdi’s operas, Liszt’s piano transcriptions
Real life application of finance ideas, e.g. alpha, efficient markets.
Econometrics and regression analysis
Some people (mostly professors) I like to read
Peter Thiel on technology, science, and finance
Robin Hanson on signalling and robots
Tyler Cowen on anything that he blogs about
Richard Epstein on torts, contracts
John Cochrane on finance
Steven Landsburg on microeconomics
Randy Barnett on contracts and the commerce clause
Ilya Somin on executive power, property
Alex Tabarrok on statistical misconceptions, technology
Bryan Caplan on education, immigration
Vaclav Smil on energy transitions
My favorite long-form journalists; I will always read their new articles.
Radley Balko, WashPost
Glenn Greenwald, First Look
David Grann, New Yorker
George Packer, New Yorker
Lauren Collins, New Yorker
Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker
Charles Mann, Wired, and various
Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair
Bess Levin, Dealbreaker
Things that I haven’t yet gotten the chance to read and learn more about
René Girard’s Mimetic Theory
Richard Posner’s ideas on common law, efficiency, and law and economics
Fernand Braudel’s examinations of commercial life
Leo Strauss on how to read and think
Here’s the link. Full piece below.
Dan Wang ’14 Named Rochester’s Student Employee of the Year
University of Rochester student Dan Wang has been named the 2012-2013 University of Rochester Student Employee of the Year. The award, given annually by the Student Employment Office, recognizes an outstanding student employee who has made valuable contributions to the department in which he or she works. Wang, who works for University Communications as a news assistant, was nominated by Larry Arbeiter, associate vice president of communications.
As a news assistant for communications, Wang’s work often included weekend work to keep track of University news, and 7 a.m.-work days to prepare daily news reports. In addition to supporting staff in the office with press lists and news pitches, he also wrote press releases, news stories, and blog posts relating to University news.
I try to make sense of small corners of the U.S. Constitution. Here are brief explanations of a few doctrines and cases.
I explore a fairly technical piece of the Fourth Amendment right to privacy in a Supreme Court petition coming from Rochester. Here’s the link. And here’s the full piece.
How Government Violates the Fourth Amendment Rights of Renters
In Rochester, New York, renting rather than buying a home is enough cause for a search warrant.
Florine and Walter Nelson are grandparents who have lived in Rochester for over 30 years. For nearly a third of that time, they have resisted the efforts of city officials to inspect their home on the basis that they are renters rather than buyers. Since 2005, the city has steadily escalated its efforts to enter their house, by charging them with contempt and attempting to use “administrative” search warrants to conduct suspicionless searches.
I was so privileged to work on this with Radley Balko when I interned with him. This piece, about the township of Mount Holly trying to exercise eminent domain, was published in the Politics vertical of the Huffington Post on August 1st, 2012. Here’s the link. And here it is in full.
New Jersey Town Rips Up Working-Class Neighborhood for Private Developers
By Dan Wang
Santos Cruz still remembers the first time he heard the demolition crews. “They came without any warning at 6 a.m. outside my home,” he said in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “The ground started shaking and there was a tremendous amount of noise. They knocked down all the houses they owned: It was like being in a war zone for a whole month.” Cruz, 49, has lived in Mount Holly Gardens, N.J., for 23 years. Now, the local government wants him out.
I write about technology and globalization for Gavekal/Dragonomics, a global macro research firm with a focus on Asia. The pieces below are a record of my cultural experiences and my pieces on global trade.
I’ve previously worked at Flexport, Shopify, the Huffington Post (where I was assistant to Radley Balko), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a few other places. I graduated from the University of Rochester with a double-major in economics and philosophy. Some of the things I’m in to: big ships; Strauss, Wagner, and Verdi; coffee; agglomeration effects; Stendhal and Proust; mushroom picking (an excellent source of lessons of risk and reward tradeoffs); René Girard; science fiction; walking around in new cities; and everything else categorized below.
I’m currently living and working in Hong Kong. I’ve previously lived in Kunming, Toronto, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Rochester, Freiburg im Breisgau, San Francisco, and Manhattan. I’m a Canadian citizen who wants to visit the rest of the Commonwealth, especially New Zealand. In the States, I’d most like to see Utah and Texas. Someday I’d like to return and live in Germany.
I like to get coffees and learn from people, do reach out: email@example.com And say hi on Twitter: @danwwang. I’m a fan of the invitation posted on Patrick McKenzie’s site: “I like getting email… There is absolutely nothing you can do in my inbox which will cause me to think poorly of you as a person or make fun of you to my friends,” and “I like reading things. If you write something worth reading, tell me.”
Shorter pieces published here, current favorites are marked with (*):
Some of the longer posts published here:
Published reporting, both about cases that were petitioned to the Supreme Court. The first was granted review:
Three pieces I wrote for Flexport:
Three pieces I wrote for Shopify:
I spent four months living in Germany. (Freiburg, in Baden-Württemberg; by the Black Forest, close to Stuttgart, Strasbourg, and most of the major cities in Switzerland.) Here are a few posts about these travels:
The books I liked since around the time I started college. I try to excerpt the ones I like best.
What should I read next? Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
(Chronological from here…)