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Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World

That is the new Ian Bremmer book, with the subtitle Three Choices for America’s Role in the World.  It can be Indispensable America (our postwar role), Moneyball America (pick priorities and accomplish them), or Independent America (limited foreign policy aspirations but lots of nation-building at home and trade abroad), and Ian prefers the latter — […]

Assorted links

1. What is the relationship between the economics blogosphere and academic economics?, Alex on Quora. 2. There is no great glue stagnation. 3. For fiscal consolidations, tax boosts hurt consumer confidence but spending cuts are more positive (pdf). 4. The Chinese cement comparison. 5. Thais pay tribute to Mexican gangs.

The under-representation of women in the movies and on TV

Will Radford and Mathias Gallé have a new and interesting paper on this topic, here is one excerpt: Law and corporate professions had around 15% of female representation…the medical domain (doctors) had a female probability of 0.23…Religion does not score at the bottom with regards to female presentation (although very low with 0.08). From the […]

New arguments on a carbon tax

From Adam Ozimek, here are some very good points, which I had not previously pondered: …what a carbon tax does is push the required cost threshold up. This would allow solar to become the more profitable source of energy in the US sooner and increase the speed of its dominance here. However, a carbon tax would raise the threshold in the US relative […]

Breast milk markets in everything sentences to ponder

When Medolac Laboratories, a competitor of Prolacta, said last year that it wanted to buy milk from women in Detroit, it was accused of profiting at the expense of black women. “We are deeply concerned that women will be coerced into diverting milk that they would otherwise feed their own babies,” the Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding […]

Monday assorted links

1. Interview with the NYU professor banned from UAE: “But once the decision was made and the university is up and running, the position of myself and others is that NYU has responsibilities there and one of the responsibilities is to try to generate solutions to the terrible situation that migrant workers labor under in […]

Tradeable Pollution Permits

The latest release of our principles of economics class covers Externalities, Costs and Profit Maximization, Competition and the Invisible Hand, and Monopoly. I am especially fond of our video, Trading Pollution, which explains the economics of tradeable pollution permits. Tyler and I worked with the incredibly talented team at Tilapia Film for a long time on a montage […]

The economics of busking

Mark Sandusky has a good article on that topic, here is one excerpt: Time your busks wisely! Profits can vary widely from day to day, hour to hour. Our low for a Friday night was $98 for two hours of performance. Our high for two hours of performance on a Monday afternoon was $3. This […]

How nepotistic are we?

In just about every field I looked at, having a successful parent makes you way more likely to be a big success, but the advantage is much smaller than it is at the top of politics. Using the same methodology, I estimate that the son of an N.B.A. player has about a one in 45 […]

Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew) on Marginal Revolution

Our previous blog entries on Singapore are here, there are many dozens of them.  And yet Singapore is about the size of Fairfax County. For the last fifty years, Singapore has been one of the truly special places in the world and a large part of that credit has to go to Lee Kuan Yew. […]

“There are dozens of such analogies between the Maori and the Welsh…”

Daniel Davies reviews New Zealand.  Here is one excerpt: The key to understanding the economy of New Zealand is that it’s an industry cluster, and the industry in question is agriculture. Or, and this might be a bit more controversial, the industry in question is agriculture marketing, the most perfect example of which being the […]

Sunday assorted links

1. New evidence on robots. 2. Too bad it wasn’t holy water. 3. Football player mathematician.  And more here. 4. Why trade unions are so opposed to TPP. 5. Ben Yagoda reviews Culture Crash. 6. The kitchen of the unwanted animal.

Why is subtitling and closed captioning so bad?

Jan asks: Why is the (global) state of subtitling and closed captioning so bad? a/ Subtitling and closed captioning are extremely efficient ways of learning new languages, for example for immigrants wanting to learn the language of their new country. b/ Furthermore video is now offered on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, televisions… but very frequently […]

Conventional wisdom, from me, on the Israeli election

Corey Robin has a useful survey of responses from the Left, some of which include repudiations of Zionism, in addition to claims that the current Israeli policies simply have to unravel, to the detriment of virtually everybody.  Think of the latter as a prediction of comeuppance, much like how inequality critics sometimes predict eventual doom […]

The stagnation of Los Angeles fact of the day

There are just 6 per cent more people working in greater Los Angeles than there were 25 years ago. By contrast, the Inland Empire has nearly doubled in size. In fact, the absolute number of jobs added in the Inland Empire since 1990 is nearly double the absolute number of jobs added in greater LA. […]

Saturday assorted links

1. Vancouver average is over. 2. The bestselling book in each year. 3. Russ Roberts interviews Paul Romer. 4. “Being salamanders, they’re pretty slow.” 5. Yet another reason to eat beans (the Hispanic Paradox).

How good a marginal rebounder are you really?

Maybe this is too strange and squirrelly an example to deserve mention on MR, but I found it fascinating.  It starts with this: This year’s rebounding leaderboard, at least in terms of rebounds per game, is topped by DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond, who also finished 1-2 last season. In a bygone era, you’d simply […]

Alain Badiou on the French headscarf law

This is from his Polemics book: 43. In point of truth, the headscarf law expresses only one thing: fear.  Westerners in general, and the French in particular, are no more than a bunch of shivering cowards.  What are they afraid of?  Barbarians, as usual.  Barbarians both at home, the ‘suburban youths’, and abroad the ‘Islamic […]

The new economic history of Africa

This 2010 piece looks very interesting, I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, source here.

Friday assorted links

1. AT&T charging customers not to spy on them. 2. Driverless, flying car, in the works, maybe sort of.  And Jonathan Rauch on disruptive innovation and health care. 3. Possible genetic factors behind economic growth. 4. Peter Thiel’s anti-aging investments. 5. The invention of underwear with pockets, there is no great stagnation. 6. The story […]

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