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Queens pursued more aggressive war policies

 Oeindrila Dube and S.P. Harish have a new NBER working paper called “Queens”: Are states led by women less prone to conflict than states led by men? We answer this question by examining the effect of female rule on war among European polities over the 15th-20th centuries. Show More Summary

The Economic Consequences of Partisanship in a Polarized Era

That is the title of a new paper by Christopher McConnell, Yotam Margalit, and Neil Malhotra.  The main (and sad) point is that even in non-political settings we trust other people less if they have different political views than ours:...Show More Summary

The bovine privacy culture that is India

The central government told the Supreme Court on Monday that it wants an Aadhaar-like unique identification system for cows to track their movement and prevent inter-state and inter-country smuggling. Adducing a report by a committee...Show More Summary

Tuesday assorted links

1. Detroit dirt markets in everything. 2. Hash brown golf ball markets in everything. 3. “…improved long run economic performance has occurred primarily through a decline in the rate and frequency of shrinking…” 4. Jill Lepore on the challenge of explaining things. Show More Summary

Interview with Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields)

I loved The Dispossessed as a kid, though The Left Hand of Darkness was considered the best of her novels. I am about to read The Word for World Is Forest. The idea of space travel privileging homosexuality really struck me as a child. Show More Summary

Matchmaker markets in everything

Mishpacha Magazine featured an article by Philanthropist, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles California discussing his view and approach to the age gap problem in frum circles and calling the current situation a Shidduch Catastrophe. Show More Summary

Europe has lower fiscal gaps, here is why Italy is still in business

(By the way, if you’re feeling superior and taking comfort that Europe will go first off the cliff, Kotlikoff disagrees. Europe’s debts are larger, but their social programs are better funded, so their fiscal gaps are much lower than ours. Show More Summary

How will AI shape linguistic survival?

But the revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both in the tourism industry and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue. Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. Poor Alice Hofmann academia has gone crazy.  Here is the full letter. 2. Shipping container architecture. 3. Libertarianism should be more realistic. 4. Model this (photo of the British electoral process). 5. Software that produces and sells its own art.  And you can own a piece of it. Show More Summary

The culture and polity that is Singapore, strategic sand reserve edition

Lim had told me that Singapore holds a strategic sand reserve, for emergencies.  It lies somewhere near the area called Bedok, I said.  I spotted it one day as I rode past in a taxi.  The site was strewn with No Trespassing signs, installed...Show More Summary

The Dynamics of War and Revolution, by Lawrence Dennis

Dennis was actually the first stagnation theorist I read, at about the age of eighteen, due to a recommendation from Walter Grinder.  His strength is to tie stagnationist claims into the political economy of war.  This is from 1940 (book...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. Profile of Macron. 2. Is Facebook bad for you? 3. “Take back control? Make America great again? Restore the caliphate? We can do better than these. Storytellers, now is the time to try.”  Link here. 4. Ben Casnocha on The Complacent Class. Show More Summary

The Dark Triad across academic majors?

In general, I am skeptical of such results and their typical interpretations, still economics plays a role in this paper and perhaps it is worth at least a casual ponder: The Dark Triad traits (i.e., narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism)...Show More Summary

China beggar innovation fact of the day

Beggars in Jinan in China’s eastern province of Shandong use QR codes, the technology used by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s [NYSE:BABA] Alipay and Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s [HKG:0700] WeChat Wallet, in hopes of getting money transferred to them by passersby with smartphones. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. The best short guide I’ve seen to Lagos. 2. “At 2,573 pages, it contains a complete account of Sloterdijk’s sphero-immunological thoughts.” 3. A failed artist ponders his own work and history, recommended. 4. What happened to Google book search?  Excellent piece, also recommended. Show More Summary

When Labor is Cheap

Labor is cheap in India which leads to some differences from the United States. The first couple of times I took a taxi to a restaurant I was surprised when the driver asked if I wanted him to wait. A waiting taxi would be an unthinkable expense for me in the United States but in India the […] The post When Labor is Cheap appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

That was then, this is now, immigration edition

Some of Trump’s first actions in office were two executive orders meant to crack down on illegal immigration by implementing tougher enforcement not just at the border but also within the country. This week The Washington Post reported that U.S. Show More Summary

Public sector expenditure cut when economies are not already imploding

Portugal slashed its public sector deficit by more than half in a single year, when measured as a proportion of GDP, the national statistics bureau has said, taking the shortfall comfortably below euro zone limits. The deficit dropped to 2.1%  of gross domestic product in 2016, a staggering reduction from its 4.4%  level a year earlier. Show More Summary

Insider trading terrorism

German police arrested a man on Friday suspected of detonating three bombs that targeted the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus in the hope of sending the club’s shares plummeting and making a profit on an investment, prosecutors said. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Which body part hurts most when stung by a bee?  A study in self-experimentation. 2. Autocrats build more skyscrapers. 3. Was Trump sad when he won the election? 4. How the San Francisco fire of 1906 drove subsequent land use patterns.  And Canaan, Haiti’s start from scratch “city.” 5. Show More Summary

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