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Saturday assorted links

1. The culture that is Falls Church City, northern Virginia. 2. Bagpipe nudge. 3. Russ Roberts and Erik Hurst. 4. All of Bach, on-line. 5. Why would you sign a cryonics contract because you know it isn’t really binding?  And does your...Show More Summary

Pay by the minute coffee shop the Arrow-Hahn-Debreu markets that are Brooklyn

A café in New York has found a way around this whole awkward dance: customers pay by the minute, rather than the cup. The Glass Hour Café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn feels more like somebody’s living room than a coffee shop. Walking around, you see a couch, some bean bag chairs. Show More Summary

How much did tariffs drive 19th century U.S. economic growth?

Not so much: The role of high tariffs in the emergence of the U.S. as a leading industrial nation in the late 19th century is still hotly debated. Despite its symbolic signifi- cance in the arguments of Free Trade, the quantitative implications of the tariffs on key features of the development are still unknown. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. TLS books of the year list.  I can’t recall seeing such a good list from the TLS. 2. What has changed in the new Colombian peace deal? 3. Robust econometrics: “I am immortal.” 4. A tweet storm from my IO class, including on CEO pay. 5. David Brooks on Kahneman and Tversky (NYT). 6. […] The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

How might corporate income tax be changed?

This is what is circulating in the House, Trump and the Senate have yet to influence it directly: KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CURRENT U.S. CORPORATE TAXES AND HOUSE GOP PROPOSAL Corporate Tax Rate: Current: 35% Proposal: 20% Capital Expenses: Current: Depreciated over time Proposal: Deducted immediately Interest Expenses: Current: Deductible. Show More Summary

Is healthy food a luxury for low-income households in the United States?

It seems quite a few of the poor, when they get some extra money, want to keep on buying refined sugar.  Or in other words, it takes quite a bit of income (or is it education?) to “elevate taste.”  Here is the job market paper by Olga...Show More Summary

Best fiction of 2016

I was disappointed by most of this year’s well-known releases, and did most of my rewarding fiction reading in past classics.  But these are the fiction or fiction-related works I found to be outstanding this year: Eimear McBride, The...Show More Summary

Thanksgiving assorted links

1. Again affirmed that chess moves can’t be copyrighted. 2. My life with Tourette’s Syndrome. 3. The world map of every country’s tourism slogan. 4. How to keep your cranberries competitive. 5. China orders all Uighur residents to hand...Show More Summary

Why Is Turkey Cheaper When Demand Is Higher?

When you do your Thanksgiving shopping this week, you will encounter two vastly different options for the centerpiece: an expensive heritage, organic, antibiotic-free, freshly killed turkey; or a relatively cheap, mass-produced, rock-solid-frozen bird. Show More Summary

Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you admit it or not, you have much to be thankful for.  For one thing, agricultural productivity is higher today than ever before… The post Happy Thanksgiving! appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The Great Convergence

The author is Richard Baldwin and the subtitle is Information Technology and the New Globalization.  The new globalization is the vertical geographic spread of the supply chain, as enabled by information technology.  Think iPhone, the...Show More Summary

Betsy DeVos, selected for Secretary of Education

DeVos, an advocate for school vouchers, has chaired the Michigan Republican party and played a key role in some major education policy decisions there in recent years. But unlike former D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee and charter-school...Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. Down Syndrome models (NYT). 2. pdf deck for the new Richard Baldwin book on globalization. 3. Interview with Slavoj Žižek. 4. Stephen L. Carter on what to be thankful for. 5. An olfactory artist recreates the smell of 35 cities. The post Wednesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Arguments to ponder for Thanksgiving

The population of wild koalas in the southeast portion of Australia’s Queensland state has plunged by 80% in less than two decades, but researchers are offering a simple plan to save them. They can sum it up in three words: daylight saving time. Show More Summary

Freedom of association for me but not for thee

Last week, fashion designer Sophie Theallet announced she would refuse to sell or donate clothes to the next first lady, Melania Trump. Here is more from Veronique de Rugy. The post Freedom of association for me but not for thee appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Average is Over, computer skills edition

Summary: Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks. That is from Jacob Nielsen, via Roman Hardgrave. The post Average is Over, computer skills edition appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Are Americans demanding greater wealth redistribution?

America has long had a below-average voting rate, and those with lower incomes and lower levels of education are least likely to vote.  So the potential for low incomes, high inequality, and slow growth to give rise to further political...Show More Summary

What if Donald Trump wanted more illegal immigration?

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is the premise: Imagine that a new U.S. president, different from the one we just elected, set out to maximize the number of illegal Mexican immigrants. Maybe he or she saw electoral...Show More Summary

Clinton Won The Economy

Here’s a interesting breakdown of the Trump-Clinton vote from Jim Tankersley at the Washington Post. According to the Brookings analysis, the less-than-500 counties that Clinton won nationwide combined to generate 64 percent of America’s economic activity in 2015. Show More Summary

Medical Spending Variation: 1/2 Patients, 1/2 Places

In Miami, health care providers spent about $14,423 per Medicare patient in 2010. But in Minneapolis, average spending on Medicare enrollees that year was $7,819, just over half as much. In fact, the U.S. is filled with regional disparities in medical spending. Show More Summary

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