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Who cares how the U.S. ranks nations’ efforts on human trafficking?

On Monday, human rights advocates strongly criticized the State Department for upgrading Cuba and Malaysia in its 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The promotion, critics charge, was entirely unrelated to actual efforts by the Cuban and Malaysian governments to do anything about human trafficking. Show More Summary

China estimate of the day

Annual real growth in gross capital formation hit 6.6 per cent in 2014, down from 10.2 per cent in 2013 and a peak of 25 per cent in 2009. Thomas Gatley, China corporate analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, a research firm, estimates that so far this year GFCF may be running at around 4 to 5 […]

Tuesday assorted links

1. Bud Collier’s assembled artifacts from the history of economic thought. 2. Rajan, control, interest rates, backlash.  Some kind of confusing Indian saga. 3. Christopher Balding’s China update. 4. The self-government revolution in Syria. 5. The decline of the Marines? 6. Is the vinyl bubble sustainable? 7. Can we make sports more dramatic?

The rise of Stanford economics

From the report of the President of the university, Raj Chetty and Matt Gentzkow will be starting at the school this fall. And John Cochrane is moving to Hoover full-time. In the late 1970s and 80s, MIT was undoubtedly number one as a place to study economics, even if Chicago ideas were more important and […]

Very serious words of wisdom

Everyone wants to find a version of history under which all the problems of the Eurozone are Germany’s fault, because everyone knows that all the solutions involve Germany paying. But it’s not really true; Germany spent the early years of ERM/EMU paying far more than anyone else was prepared to in order to smooth the […]

“How the 2000 Election in Florida Led to a New Wave of Voter Disenfranchisement”

Ari Berman excerpt in The Nation from his new book, Give Us the Ballot. I’ll have more to say about Ari’s book later on down the line, but for now I’ll say that I highly recommend it. … Continue reading ?

“Are Voters Ready to Cast a Vote Against the Supreme Court?”

Greg Stohr writes for Bloomberg. I have a current project in the works on this question. … Continue reading ?

“Questions of Criminal Enforcement”

Bauer: In the wake of the Wisconsin case, and in the arguments more generally about “’coordination,” it has been suggested that not too much should be made of the dangers of criminal investigation in campaign finance cases.  Hard-charging investigative techniques … Continue reading ?

U.S. and NATO Fear Greek Fifth Column to Aid Russia

In the midst of bitter bailout negotiations between Greece and Europe, warnings proliferated of a possible Greek Fifth Column. The European Union and even NATO would collapse should Athens turn toward Russia. It is one of the stranger paranoid fantasies driving U.S. Show More Summary

Free Trade Without Controversy

This is from the New York Times editorial board:   More than 50 countries agreed on Friday to eliminate tariffs on a wide range of technology goods like medical devices, navigation equipment and advanced semiconductors in a trade agreement...Show More Summary

More Gridlocked Than Ever

Yesterday, the Senate passed a six-year transportation bill that increases spending on highways and transit but only provides three years of funding for that increase. As the Washington Post commented, “only by Washington’s low standards...Show More Summary

Who’s the next target in the culture war?

Mark Joseph Stern writes in Slate that, in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, congressional Republicans “introduced a bizarre bill that would legalize discrimination against not just gay couples — but also single mothers.” Stern continues: That language was probably designed to legalize discrimination against gay people... But […]

Let’s play some presidential moneyball

Yesterday, Red Sox great Pedro Martinez and three other pretty decent ballplayers were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.. This would not appear to be an obvious opening for a Monkey Cage post, except that (a) it’s summer; (b) despite your suspicions of academic types, we at this blog love […]

The taxation of superstars

Here is yet another NBER Working Paper to shout from the rooftops: How are optimal taxes affected by the presence of superstar phenomena at the top of the earnings distribution? To answer this question, we extend the Mirrlees model to incorporate an assignment problem in the labor market that generates superstar effects. Perhaps surprisingly, rather […]

Remember #APSAonFire?

The main suspect in that fire, David W. Pitts, pleaded guilty back in March to setting similar fires elsewhere and was sentenced to jail time.  There’s no mention if he was ever charged with the APSA fires. (Background re APSA … Continue reading ?

What if Spiderman were black, and Uncle Ben was shot by police?

I keep thinking how much more powerful the Spiderman origin story would be if Peter Parker was an African American kid, whose Uncle Ben was shot by police while being arrested for a minor parking infraction. There is no formal … Continue reading ? The post What if Spiderman were black, and Uncle Ben was shot by police? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Proposed changes to Virginia voter registration stirs fears among GOP”

WaPo: People registering to vote in Virginia would no longer be required to check boxes to indicate whether they are U.S. citizens or felons whose right to vote has not been restored under changes being considered by the Virginia Board … Continue reading ?

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