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Are corporate jets a waste of money?

Almost certainly not: While shareholders have strong incentives to limit value-destroying perquisite consumption, it is challenging to identify such perquisites. Many corporate assets that enable forms of perquisite consumption also provide operational benefits. Show More Summary

Occupational licensing is a barrier to interstate migration

…we find that the between-state migration rate for individuals in occupations with state-specific licensing exam requirements is 36 percent lower relative to members of other occupations. Members of licensed occupations with national licensing exams show no evidence of limited interstate migration. Show More Summary

New Zealand fact of the day

…a recent report by Yale University concluded the country is suffering the highest rate of homelessness in the developed world with 40,000 people, nearly 1 per cent of the population, living on the streets or in emergency housing or substandard shelters. Show More Summary

What is up with the new Brexit deal?

Most of the Tories are happy they found a semi-workable version of the deal.  They pay a big divorce bill to the EU, have a long transition period, opt for “regulatory standardization with the EU” for the whole UK, as enforced by the...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. Is Spotify leading us to the new Muzak?  I fear yes, how 2017 is that? 2. “By the end of my first year in China, I feel as if I am a one-person FDA.” 3. Does algorithmic trading reduce information acquisition? 4. Are avocado injuries a thing of the past? 5. Yet more correct […] The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Why is Switzerland Peaceful?

Switzerland is a highly diverse society, especially among language groups, and with immigration it is becoming even more diverse. Yet Switzerland is also very peaceful. Why? The answer offered in this paper Good Fences created by geography, I find somewhat depressing. Show More Summary

Early thoughts on aviation

There was the ever-present worry that aircraft would make war even more horrific.  Some called for the international control of aviation to prevent its misuse.  A few even advocated the complete destruction of all aircraft on the grounds that even civilian machines could be adapted for war. Show More Summary

A simple theory of gene-culture coevolution, with reference to immigration

Are there genetic vulnerabilities for depression across cultures? Genetic vulnerability differs substantially from country to country. East Asian contexts, for example, show a high prevalence of genes associated with depression. Yet, despite these vulnerabilities, they develop fewer cases of the disorder. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. ““Ambiance and atmosphere models” contractually obligated to pretend they’re [Silicon Valley] party guests are in record demand from local agencies.” 2. I say these are mostly wuss risks. 3. Is the minimum foreign tax on multinationals going to work out? 4. Show More Summary

A Life of My Own, by Claire Tomalin

This new memoir is one of my very favorite books of the year, and perhaps you recall Tomalin’s famous biographies of Hardy, Pepys, Dickens, Nelly Ternan, and Jane Austen.  This time it is her life.  The story is hard to excerpt, butShow More Summary

The Flynn effect in reverse does the rot start at the top?

The IQ gains of the 20th century have faltered. Losses in Nordic nations after 1995 average at 6.85 IQ points when projected over thirty years. On Piagetian tests, Britain shows decimation among high scorers on three tests and overall losses on one. Show More Summary

Lessons from the Wahington, D.C. dining scene

Contrary to what many people will insist, it’s now possible to eat excellent Mexican food, including tacqueria-style tacos, in D.C., Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland. But this is not the result of a sudden influx of Mexican migrants — long an underrepresented group in the D.C. Show More Summary

Chicago fact of the day

Chicago in 1850 was a muddy frontier town of barely 30,000 people. Within two decades, it was 10 times that size. Within another two decades, that number had tripled. By 1910, Chicago — hog butcher for the world, headquarters of Montgomery...Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. San Francisco puts strict limits on street delivery robots. 2. How LeBron James is still getting better. 3. A critical look at implicit bias tests. 4. Bryan Caplan argues that education is socially overvalued. 5. Three volumes of David Gordon’s essays and reviews. Show More Summary

Wonder Beyond Belief: On Christianity

Imagine a German-born, ethnically Iranian (Sunni?) Muslim — Navid Kermani — wandering around the religious art of Western Europe and telling you what he really thinks, in fairly analytical terms.  I am very much enjoying this book, here...Show More Summary

Favorite popular music from 2017

It’s wrong to call this “popular music,” because most of it isn’t that popular, but we certainly can’t call it rock and roll any more, can we? First, here are the ones that everyone else recommends too: Run the Jewels 3, not a let down. Kendrick Lamar, Damn, a common pick for best of the […] The post Favorite popular music from 2017 appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Thursday assorted links

1. “And the real Dr. Ashkin wrote to his doppelganger in Utah with a remarkably generous offer. He said he would find a place for Hewitt in an actual physics program where he could quickly earn an actual Ph.D. and relieve himself of the stress of being an imposter. Show More Summary

Adam Smith on Occupational Licensing

Adam Smith warned that “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” Although Smith’s warning is often quoted, few people know that what Smith was talking about was occupational licensing. Show More Summary

India marriage markets in everything

India’s government has expanded a scheme offering payment incentives to Hindus who marry members of the country’s poorest and most oppressed caste, the Dalits. A scheme introduced in 2013 offered 250,000 rupees (£2,900) to encourageShow More Summary

The Age of the Centaur is Over Skynet Goes Live

“Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm” David Silver, Thomas Hubert, Julian Schrittwieser, Ioannis Antonoglou, Matthew Lai, Arthur Guez, Marc Lanctot, Laurent Sifre, Dharshan Kumaran, Thore...Show More Summary

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