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Tuesday assorted links

1. “We find that relative to males in the same cohort, female economists are less likely (by about 14%) to have received tenure and promotion eight years post-graduation.”  And Kevin says reforming tenure is not nearly enough. 2. Most...Show More Summary

Eleanor Rigby auction markets in everything

Certificate of purchase and receipt for grave space to be sold with miniature bible belonging to woman whose name was immortalised by McCartney They are expected to sell for between £2,000 and £4,000. They will go under the hammer alongside the original handwritten score for the song, which is expected to fetch £20,000. Show More Summary

16 ways QR codes are used in China

Yes the Chinese are ahead of us in many ways, here is one bit from an excellent article by Connie Chan: #11 QR code as call box and information kiosk Remember those emergency call boxes on the side of freeways? In Nanjing, China, smart...Show More Summary

Greater gender parity in economics suggests we should reform tenure systems

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, the set-up is that the tenure clock and child-bearing plans do not exactly mesh well.  Here is my primary recommendation: Imagine a greater variety of academic jobs, in areas that are not always valued highly by peer review. Show More Summary

The Dawn of Eurasia

By Bruno Maçães, due out in January.  I was asked to blurb it, I’m going to go “off the reservation” and call it so far the best and most important book I’ve read so far tihs year.  From Amazon: In this original and timely book, Bruno Maçães argues that the best word for the emerging […] The post The Dawn of Eurasia appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Russia fact of the day

…the wealth held offshore by rich Russians is about three times larger than official net foreign reserves, and is comparable in magnitude to total household financial assets held in Russia. That is from Novokmet, Piketty, and Zucman. The post Russia fact of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Monday assorted links

1. Pinterest page on Haiti. 2. The economic value of birds. 3. Taiwanese brain drain. 4. Is lack of a home toilet grounds for divorce? 5. Ellen Pao’s account of Silicon Valley discrimination; one of the best argued and presented of such pieces. 6. Claims about collisons. 7. Underpass studio workspace. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Which are the most and least walkable countries?

In a recent study by researchers at Stanford University, Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most-populous nation, came in last among 46 countries and territories for the number of walking steps its citizens take, averaging only 3,513 a day. Show More Summary

Those new service sector jobs

Plastic surgeons who give you Vulcan and elfin-like ears: Of course, looking naturally elflike is not everyone’s goal. Luis Padron, 25, who owns a cosplay business in Argentina, said he has spent over $35,000 in surgeries and procedures including skin lightening, nose surgery and hair removal for his sylvan shape-shifting. Show More Summary

Who should be shamed, and who not?

Let’s start with the distiction between people and their ideas and also their behavior.  We might condemn the ideas of a person without condeming the person himself.  Of course, if the ideas are very, very bad, sometimes we condemn the person too. Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. The Chinese Emily Dickinson? (NYT) 2. The virtues of reading books we don’t understand. 3. “…there are Edgar Cayce centers in 35 countries.” 4. A contrarian view on whether America over-incarcerates. 5. “Science weirdly spurs on the pursuit of the disenchanted corpse…” 6. Show More Summary

Cancer, Herpes, Metformin and the FDA

Three articles on medical breakthroughs, or not, caught my eye. The Wall Street Journal discusses a breakthrough in cancer therapy using HIV to target cancer cells. The news is mostly good but the lead researcher worries that it wasShow More Summary

Germany fact of the day, the growing north-south divide

The gap between the unemployment rates in north and south, for instance, will soon be wider than that between east and west (see chart 2). In the New Social Market Economy Initiative’s education rankings, Saxony and Thuringia took the...Show More Summary

A web site in honor of UCLA economist Earl Thompson

It was created by Josh Hendrickson, here is the whole thing.  I excerpt one part of it, I’ve done no additional indent but all of this following is from Hendrickson: Institutions and Public Choice   In the 1970s, Earl Thompson started down a path of research that would continue through his career. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. By the Book with Knausgaard (NYT). 2. But what about the sex? 3. A very useful web site for tracing the Simon vs. Ehrlich bet, in various forms and over various time horizons, recommended. 4. Does Ireland’s story still make sense?  Does anyone’s? 5. Show More Summary

Who’s complacent?, sloth worship edition

What’s the perfect form of therapy for a world that’s more frantic than ever? An animal that appears to do absolutely nothing. One freezing February morning this year, Kayla Premack, 27, arrived at 3:30 a.m. and waited for hours in a sleeping bag at Denver’s Downtown Aquarium. Show More Summary

Who is the modern-day Frantz Fanon?

Chris Blattman tweets: Is there a modern day Fanon or Memmi writing about dvpt & globalizn as they wrote about colonialization? Doesn’t only have to be leftist. Hardi and Negri come up in the mentions, but I am underwhelmed.  There is...Show More Summary

Why is a solar eclipse special?

I recall the eclipse in 1973.  As a kid, I made some kind of cardboard box, so I could view the sun through a little squinting hole.  The entire event was a big disappointment, even given the fact that, at the time, I had hardly seen anything before.  I hadn’t even been to Philadelphia. Show More Summary

Forget the Past: Statues Represent Who We Want To Be

That is the excellent title they gave to my latest Bloomberg column.  The piece starts by offering a very simple theory of what statues are for, and then I shift to the perspective of a foreigner.  Here is one bit: Or consider the debates in Macedonia. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Fifty years from now this post is about rhetoric not policy.  Keep this post in mind the next time you try to predict the future. 2. How the desire to get on playlists is changing music. 3. The timeline of the far future. 4. Justin Wolfers on misogynistic rhetoric (NYT). 5. New papers on […] The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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