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Economic development in an “Average is Over” world

Here is my new paper on that topic (pdf), commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (but not yet approved or refereed by them).  The key question is what kind of development path will follow, given the realities of premature deindustrialization...Show More Summary

Used book perfume markets in everything

“Book smell” is now a thing in the perfume world, like vanilla or sandalwood. In the last few years, dozens of products have appeared on the market to give your home or person the earthy scent of a rare book collection. Sweet Tea Apothecaries...Show More Summary

Tuesday assorted links

1. Venezuela is falling apart. 2. The Amish PAC. 3. Many restaurants are returning to using tipping. 4. Why America cannot be Denmark, among other reasons. The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Austin City Limits Lemonade Stands

Uber and Lyft may have left Austin but don’t make the mistake of thinking that’s because the voters or the Austin City Council promote overly burdensome regulations. Not at all. Recently, for example, the council lifted some of its regulations so that young entrepreneurs could get a start in business by selling lemonade. Show More Summary

Google data on when people search for jokes

It seems we search more for jokes in better, cheerier times: …Monday is actually the day we are least likely to search for jokes. Searches for jokes climb through the week and are highest on Friday through Sunday. This isn’t because people are too busy with work or school on Mondays. Show More Summary

Cherokee Gothic channels Tyrone on Brexit

Discombobulated by my anti-Brexit post, apparently Kevin has been receiving secret messages for some time now, he writes: People, I just received the following Linkedin message from Tyrone which I reproduce here verbatim (apparentlyShow More Summary

Very good sentences

In my view, the focus of left-wing attention on trade restrictions is due not to the importance of international trade flows in altering income distribution, but rather springs from different motives: from attempts to hook up some of...Show More Summary

Twitter Reminder

You can follow Tyler on twitter @tylercowen, Alex @ATabarrok and this blog @margrev. The post Twitter Reminder appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Monday assorted links

1. Singlish is starting to win appreciation again (NYT).  And Singlish Bible. 2. When are ALL CAPS appropriate, and which are the best fonts for highway signs? 3. WSJ profile of Russ Roberts. 4. Fabulous at Fifty: the first two chapters of the new Rafael Yglesias novel. Show More Summary

Recent product innovations favor the wealthy

Xavier Jaravel now has a paper on this important topic: Using detailed product-level data in the retail sector in the United States from 2004 to 2013, this paper shows that product innovations disproportionately benefited high-income households due to increasing inequality and the endogenous response of supply to market size. Show More Summary

When can you stop reading?

A longtime faithful MR reader sends me this: Here’s a question I seem to recall you asking before (What? Me search?) but could probably use an update…What are the phrases which allow you to stop reading, safe in the knowledge that you...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. Eight minutes of Stephen Curry. 2. Safe driving nudge (photo…but is it profit-maximizing?) 3. The rule of law in New Zealand. 4. Do women prefer smaller competitions? 5. A Chinese perspective on the South China sea dispute (pdf, and far from reliable, but interesting). Show More Summary

Dung beetle sentences to ponder

Dung beetles record a mental image of the positions of the Sun, the Moon and the stars and use the snapshot to navigate, according to researchers. Scientists in Sweden found that the beetles capture the picture of the sky while dancing on a ball of manure. Show More Summary

The internationalization of Italy?

Two days ago I reported on how Italian food was the big winner from culinary globalization.  How are things going in Italy itself?: Annual spending by Italian families on restaurants and cafes shrank nearly 2% between 2007 and 2014,Show More Summary

A classical liberal case for the European Union

Dalibor Rohac had a new and important book just out — Towards an Imperfect Union: A Conservative Case for the European Union, obviously of great relevance to the Brexit debates.  Here is the book’s home page, here is the publisher’s home page for the book. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. The exorcism culture that is Spain. 2. How much do algorithms help us discriminate? 3. There is no great stagnation: PlayDate: World’s First Pet Camera in a Smart Ball.  Play with your dog or cat from anywhere. 4. David Beckworth will be joining the Mercatus Center. Show More Summary

Do Italians cheat on their taxes more than Swedes?

This study examines cultural differences in ordinary dishonesty between Italy and Sweden, two countries with different reputations for trustworthiness and probity. Exploiting a set of cross-cultural tax compliance experiments, we find...Show More Summary

From the comments — the economics of Mormon tithing

Jay McCarthy writes: I am Mormon. I am from Massachusetts, but lived in Utah for a long time, and have lived in prosperous and not-prosperous Mormon areas. I don’t think tithing is an effective way to get social status. Let me explain some mechanics. Show More Summary

The Evidence Is Piling Up That Higher Minimum Wages Kill Jobs

That is David Neumark in the WSJ, here is one excerpt: Another recent study by Shanshan Liu and Thomas Hyclak of Lehigh University, and Krishna Regmi of Georgia College & State University most directly mimics the Dube et al. approach. Show More Summary

Redesigning Sport to aid economic development

This is an email from Oli Cairns, a loyal MR reader: I’ve recently been thinking about the role sporting success plays in fostering patriotism. As a Brit, the only time my cynical friends, colleagues or fellow commuters stop complaining...Show More Summary

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