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Saturday assorted links

1. Japan will have some driverless taxis fairly soon it seems. 2. Lengthy Steve Pearlstein profile of Olivier Blanchard. 3. A divided Catalonia. 4. Interview with Colm Toibin. 5. What kind of error is a sticky price? 6. Alice Chen, Emily Oster, and Heidi Williams on why infant mortality is higher in the United States […]

Dare I suggest that eighty percent of the world is run on this basis?

Despite the cloud cast by the Volkswagen scandal, automakers are proposing that they be allowed a 70 percent increase in the nitrogen oxides their cars emit, unreleased documents show, as part of new European pollution tests. Under the new plan, cars in Europe would for the first time be tested on the road, using portable […]

Japan (America) fact of the day

Japanese females quietly overtake American females in terms of #labor force participation. Noah writes: Note the big jump and trend break when Abe took office.

Credit scores and committed relationships

This paper presents novel evidence on the role of credit scores in the dynamics of committed relationships. We document substantial positive assortative matching with respect to credit scores, even when controlling for other socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. Show More Summary

“The sneaky new voter suppression tool in North Carolina, uncovered by one of our own”

Daily Kos: North Carolina Republicans have been actively moving the goalposts—they’ve been moving polling places around like a crazed monkey on crack. They have been cutting numbers of polling places in some counties, increasing numbers in other counties. There has … Continue reading ?

“Vermont GOP questions neutrality of election official”

“At issue are social media posts by J.P. Isabelle, an elections administrator in the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office.” … Continue reading ?

“Supreme Court Asked to Strike Contractor Contribution Ban”

Bloomberg BNA: Challengers seeking to eliminate a decades-old federal ban on campaign contributions from government contractors have filed a petition seeking Supreme Court review of the case (Wagner v. Federal Election Commission, U.S., Docket No. Unavail., cert petition filed10/2/15). The … Continue reading ?

America Should Charge the World for Defending It

Today the U.S. underwrites the defense of wealthy nations across the globe. Washington should stop using the Pentagon as a global welfare agency. Uncle Sam at least should charge for his defense services, as Donald Trump has suggested. Show More Summary

China: Historic Empire Transformed, Fragile Leader In The Making?

SHANGHAI, CHINA—Shanghai, China’s financial capital, enjoys a double skyline. The city proper, or “old city,” sports a fascinating mix of colonial buildings and modern architecture. The “New Area” of Pudong hosts Shanghai’s four tallest...Show More Summary

Paul Krugman is right about economics. What his arguments need are more politics.

[This post is a response to Paul Krugman’s post on “The Fed Puzzle” at the New York Times]. The question I sought to raise in my post on Krugman’s article from last week is indeed what explains Federal Reserve behavior.  It was not to disagree with Krugman’s policy views. I read him regularly and follow his […]

Self-Serving Federal Bureaucrats

In the federal government, employees are paid to faithfully execute the laws, but they often pursue self-serving goals counter to those of the general public. Unionized federal workers actively oppose legislators who support reforms....Show More Summary

U.S.–China Relations Hurt by American Antidumping Abuse

As expected, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the issue of antidumping abuse during his recent visit to Washington.  Specifically, he called on the United States to stop using “nonmarket economy” methodology when imposing antidumping...Show More Summary

Mismatch Between 20th Century Trade Negotiations and 21st Century Trade Threatens TTIP's Success

In today’s Cato Online Forum essay, Per Altenberg from the Swedish Board of Trade makes an interesting political economy argument and a compelling practical case for why the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will be a tough slog. Show More Summary

Links I liked

A terrific article on how the effectiveness of depression treatments have been overstated because researchers didn’t publish null results Bono on development: “I’m late to realizing that it’s you guys, it’s the private sector, it’s commerce that’s going to take … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The final word on the Worm Wars

I was on vacation when this came out and so didn’t blog, but this is the final word on the Worm Wars as far as I’m concerned. Bravo to Macartan Humphreys. The one thing I will add (apparently I don’t … Continue reading ? The post The final word on the Worm Wars appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Friday assorted links

1. Why aren’t American ports more automated? 2. “…diplomacy can be a tool for addressing shared interests in a constructive manner. As a means of further exploring this idea, the Charles Koch Foundation is currently welcoming proposals from graduate students, faculty, and other policy researchers who are interesting in analyzing the costs and benefits of […]

Tired of poverty? Expand capitalism.

Is capitalism a coercive system that creates poverty, as a recent article in the Washington Post argued, or is it a system of voluntary exchange that has led to the greatest reduction in poverty the world has ever seen? According toShow More Summary

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