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The Gender-Equality Paradox in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

That is a new paper by Gjisbert Stoet and David C. Geary, here is the abstract, noting that the last sentence is perhaps the most important: The underrepresentation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is a continual concern for social scientists and policymakers. Show More Summary

My debate with Noah Smith on fiscal policy

This is at Bloomberg, I think this is the most interesting paragraph: But Noah, I have a question for you. You’ve written several columns about how the American economy is becoming more monopolistic. If true (and it is not exactly my...Show More Summary

Is Los Angeles America’s most “right-wing” city?

Right-wing isn’t exactly the right word, but neither is conservative nor libertarian.  Let’s put it this way: in which American city is the principle of sexual dimorphism so pronounced and so accepted and so built into the city’s most...Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. Russ Roberts’s 12 Rules for Life. 2. The rise and fall of the waterbed. 3. Spy lizards? (speculative, very speculative) 4. The Posner-Weyl proposal for individual hosting of immigrants. 5. Small steps toward a much better world, Norwegian...Show More Summary

The side effects of the decline of men

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, and it is not just about male wage stagnation: The researchers Guido Matias Cortes, Nir Jaimovich and Henry E. Siu split jobs into categories, with “cognitive” occupations relying on brain power corresponding closely to what many call white-collar jobs. Show More Summary

Can it Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America

It will be out soon, you should buy it.  I’ve only read my own essay in the book, but that one is very good and also original, I haven’t made the argument elsewhere.  Presumably the other essays are better yet, as they feature Jon Elster,...Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. “A transcriber on the Isle of Man can decipher almost anything.” 2. Why don’t skateboards get any cheaper? 3. Is the Cold War game of provocative street-naming coming back? 4. Can Washington be automated? 5. The Obama portraits are...Show More Summary

My Conversation with Matt Levine

Here is the transcript and audio, Matt was in great form.  We covered Uber, derivatives, crypto, Horace, Latin and the ancient world, neighborhoods of New York City, whether markets are volatile enough, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, whether...Show More Summary

Why the center-left became immoderate

Lack of ideology and belief in nothing in particular (except perhaps more redistribution): In polarized times, political competition comes to resemble tribal warfare. Everyone is under pressure to close ranks and boost morale. Lacking...Show More Summary

The evolution of eurish

Over years of attending conferences, chairing panels and running training programmes in more than a dozen European cities, I have begun to note the contours of this changing language that I call Eurish. It is still English, but it has its own features that are often common to both romance and Germanic languages. Show More Summary

What should I ask Martina Navratilova?

I will be having a Conversation with her on March 19, in Arlington at George Mason University.  So what should I ask? I thank you all in advance for your usual enthusiasm and sagacity. The post What should I ask Martina Navratilova? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Tuesday assorted links

1. Ad-blocking really matters. 2. John Collison and Alex Rampell podcast on the future of payments.  Bitcoin uses 40x times the power of the Visa network. 3. Is there any better poorly written, rambling narrative on why D.C. is a kind of nightmare? 4. Show More Summary

Two men and a bulldog showed up unannounced at Caitlin Strickland’s after-school job on a Friday afternoon.

Admissions officers are traveling hundreds of miles with a live animal to inform high-school seniors they have been accepted to a college—and to urge them to enroll. It’s not just the star athletes or scholarship winners who get the treatment. Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

1. Kathryn Lomas, The Rise of Rome: From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars.  A very thorough, reasonable, and well-researched account and synthesis of what we know about the origins of the Roman empire.  By my standards it is insufficiently concerned with generalizations, but I do understand how many might consider that an advantage. Show More Summary

The distribution of cities, then and now

In today’s developed countries, cities are thus scattered across historically important agricultural areas; as a result, there is a relatively higher degree of spatial equality in the distribution of resources within these countries. ...Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. Women in Carnatic music. 2. New interview with Knausgaard. 3. Naples solve for the equilibrium four minute parking video builds slowly. 4. Automation is slow, cotton pickers edition. 5. “In 35 states, it’s legal for cops to detain and have sex with someone in their custody.“ The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Direct Instruction: A Half Century of Research Shows Superior Results

What if I told you that there is a method of education which significantly raises achievement, has been shown to work for students of a wide range of abilities, races, and socio-economic levels and has been shown to be superior to other...Show More Summary

Should we censor porn?

In 1971 Irving Kristol said yes, today Ross Douthat says yes.  I am sympathetic with the notion that porn in the “I know it when I see it sense” is a net negative bad for society, even if it helps some people revitalize their sex lives (Alex differs).  That said, I cannot find an attractive […] The post Should we censor porn? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The twenty-page essay exam

Imagine giving all professional economists (and other academics) an essay test.  Determine their area of expertise, and then ask them to write a twenty-page essay on one of the most basic questions in that field.  So it might be “Why...Show More Summary

Work habits while traveling

Brian Hollar writes to me: You spend quite a bit of time traveling and seem to remain highly productive while doing so. I was wondering if you’d be willing to share your work habits while you are on the road? I’ve read several interviews...Show More Summary

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