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1. “To look an elephant in the face is to gaze upon genius.” 2. Who needs an actual optometrist? 3. The obesity drop among young children is especially baffling. 4. The siege of Sevastopol (John Fahey video). 5. Does pre-K work?
Bob Tita reports: With more data available than ever before and markets increasingly unpredictable, U.S. companies—from manufacturers to banks and pharmaceutical companies—are expanding their corporate economist staffs. The number of private-sector economists surged 57% to 8,680 in 2012 from 5,510 in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Show More Summary
It will happen, in fact it has already happened and more than ten years ago: Novak is tall, solemn, polite and stiff in conversation, until the conversation turns to passenger pigeons, which it always does. One of the few times I saw him laugh was when I asked whether de-extinction might turn out to be impossible. […]
Hans Noel flunks this test and says no: I don’t think Clinton should be given a “tenured professorship.”+ Not because of his lack of a Ph.D. per se, but because, smart as he is, Clinton is not a scholar. He doesn’t do research. He is not in the business of contributing to the store of human […]
I write to ask your help recruiting promising undergraduate or graduate students for our annual Public Choice Outreach Conference. The 2014 Conference will be held on June 6 – 8, 2014 at the Hyatt Arlington conveniently located close to the National Mall and Georgetown areas of Washington DC. Applications are now available and are due […]
A new paper was presented at the AEA meetings this January, “Religion, Economics, and the Rise of the Nazis,” by Philipp Tillman and Jörg Spenkuch, and the abstract for one version of the paper is this: We investigate the role of religion in the electoral success of the Nazi Party in Weimar Germany. Among historians, […]
Mostly not. Again, Kevin Lewis points us to a fascinating paper: Does Immigration Undermine Public Support for Social Policy? David Brady & Ryan Finnigan American Sociological Review, February 2014, Pages 17-42 Abstract: There has been...Show More Summary
1. Play against earlier versions of Magnus Carlsen. And derivatives made simple. 2. Which countries have the greatest soccer inequality? 3. Does education cause thinness, or vice versa? 4. I don’t need this. 5. The Pew global satisfaction map. 6. Marc Andreessen is bullish on the future of the news business.
Maybe not, once we control properly for endogeneity: Islamic Rule and the Empowerment of the Poor and Pious Erik Meyersson Econometrica, January 2014, Pages 229–269 Abstract: Does Islamic political control affect women’s empowerment? Several countries have recently experienced Islamic parties coming to power through democratic elections. Show More Summary
JW, a loyal MR reader, writes to me: It’s 2018, Janet Yellen has been renominated to be Fed Chair by President Walker having served a successful first term of solid growth and low inflation. However, to achieve such growth Yellen has had to maintain very low interest rates. Then, disaster strikes. France leaves the Euro […]
Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a stunning 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke. The drop emerged from a major federal health survey that […]
When the Obama White House requested that I serve on the National Council on the Humanities, I agreed to have my name put forward. I went through the lengthy FBI check, including repeated probing of friends about my nonexistent drug use. But in the end the White House decided not to move my nomination forward. […]
1. Todd Kashdan reconsiders some of his own work. 2. Are small companies the future of medical innovation? 3. “The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.” 4. Axolotl found. 5. New report on financial crisis in […]
At the Olympics if you want to protest a decision, you must have cash: The reason that Mathieu — and many other coaches across most Olympic sports — make certain they always have a specific amount of cash on hand is that if they want to protest an official decision during competition, they need more than […]
The author is William Easterly and the subtitle is Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. This is Easterly’s most libertarian book, self-recommending. It is due out March 4.
In daily life it is thought that between 0.5% and 0.7% of the words we use are swearwords, but the proportion on the site is roughly twice this, at 1.15%. According to this study, about one in every 13 tweets contains a swearword of some kind. Intriguingly, swearing also seems to be an early-week thing. […]
ModeledBehavior tweeted: Name the period or event in economic history where we looked backed and said “hmm, money was less important than we thought at the time I would nominate much of the 19th century. To be sure, distribution in those times really did matter, more so than today because overall levels of income and […]
There is a new paper by Sebastian Galiani, Stephen Knack, Lixin Colin Xu, and Ben Zou, and the results are intriguing: The literature on aid and growth has not found a convincing instrumental variable to identify the causal effects of aid. In this paper we exploit an instrumental variable based on the fact that since […]
Via Mark Perry: In a ground-breaking technology move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars demonstrates the world’s first delivery of food to the car – a new form of ‘roam delivery’ services. The service will allow consumers to have their shopping delivered straight to their car, no matter where they are. Volvo’s new digital keys […]
1. What UPS drivers can tell us about the automated future of work. And using robots to enforce border control. 2. “Try to move from Pollock to Rothko, ok?” 3. Scott Sumner on exactly how the Fed could have done better in 2008. Overall the transcripts strengthen Scott’s claim that the Fed could and should […]