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1. The limits of self-driving trucks? 2. Indian public announcements. 3. United had men-only flights until 1970. 4. Profile of Hélène Rey (pdf). 5. Canada is the world’s biggest exporter of lentils.

Why the Rohingya will continue to flee Myanmar, even if we try to deter them

Last Thursday, after weeks of refusing to open their borders, the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia caved to international pressure and began offering assistance to Rohingya asylum seekers stranded in the Andaman Sea between those two countries. Their smugglers had abandoned ship, leaving thousands of people adrift in rickety boats without adequate food or water.  […]

A Pattern of Problems in American Cities

Last December the federal Department of Justice concluded an investigation of the Cleveland Police Department.  That investigation found a pattern of excessive force in violation of the Constitution.  On Monday, Cleveland Mayor Frank...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Steven Lubet questions whether Alice Goffman’s On the Run is all true, and Alex Tabarrok’s impression that Lubet’s making mountains out of molehills. I lean to Alex’s impression and if I ever have the time will blog about Goffman’s book. It’s an important book. Did you … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How do people defend eating meat?

This study asked students and adults in the United States why they find it OK to eat meat.  The largest category used to justify their choice was that that it is “necessary” followed by the other three categories. Typical comments … Continue reading ? The post How do people defend eating meat? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Foster Friess Pledges to Spend for Santorum Again, This Time Secretly

Trip Gabriel for the NYT: One supporter present was Foster Friess, a wealthy investor whose multimillion-dollar donations in 2012 helped Mr. Santorum remain in the race long after he might have quit. Mr. Friess, in a black cowboy hat, said … Continue reading ?

Ants are too smart to need congestion pricing

Joel Shurkin reports: Ants — most are teeny creatures with brains smaller than pinheads — engineer traffic better than humans do. Ants never run into stop-and-go-traffic or gridlock on the trail. In fact, the more ants of one species there are on the road, the faster they go, according to new research. Researchers from two […]

Is the TPP a Huge Deal or No Big Deal?

As more journalists and commentators discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we’ve seen very conflicting descriptions of the agreement.  For some, the TPP isn’t about trade at all but about giving power to corporations and ending U.S....Show More Summary

Free Trade Is Good for Poor People

A piece in the New York Times today suggests that rich people are more likely than poor people to support free trade: The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal making its way through Congress is the latest step in a decades-long trend...Show More Summary

Paid Leave's Effects on Job Prospects

Expanded maternity and child care benefits are expected to be a pillar of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. These policies seek to make it easier for women to balance the challenges of being a working mother. While they may well be well-intentioned, but they backfire. Show More Summary

“Supreme Court Litmus Testing in the 2016 Election”

Linda Greenhouse NYT:   It’s somewhat delicious, in fact, to imagine the scene in the Senate Judiciary Committee if a Clinton Supreme Court nominee expresses — as the four dissenting justices did at the time — disagreement with Citizens United. … Continue reading ?

How School Choice Improves Public Schools

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that district school bureaucrats are “proceeding with an ambitious plan to offer a wider range of education options.” Superintendent Robert Avossa is leaving the 96,000-student district for the larger Palm Beach County system in Florida. Show More Summary

No, public opinion is not driven by ‘unreasoning bias and emotion’

One interesting thing about the recent scandal of the retracted study on voter persuasion (see my earlier post for details and Will Moore’s post for background and perspective) is that, as a rare example of political science in the news, it gives us some sense of outsiders’ perspectives on our field. And some of these […]

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