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The Gender Gap in STEM is NOT What You Think

In a new NBER working paper David Card and Abigail Payne have a stunning new explanation of the gender gap in STEM at universities. The conventional wisdom is that the gender gap is about women and the forces–discrimination, sexism, parenting, aptitudes, choices; take your pick–that make women less likely to study in STEM fields. Show More Summary

Will China invest $30 billion in Haiti?

The People’s Republic of China is preparing to carry through with plans to invest a massive US$30 billion in developing Haiti’s infrastructure, including power plants, sanitation works, water systems, railways, affordable housing, and marketplaces, in an agreement that is expected to have a major social, economic, and developmental impact. Show More Summary

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

That is the new biography by William Taubmann, who won a Pulitzer for his Khruschev book.  At first I didn’t want to read it, feeling I was already too familiar with the topic, but it was a fascinating treatment throughout, with many...Show More Summary

The “Trade Talks” podcast series

Chad Bown writes to me: “I write and take the liberty of drawing your attention to a new and weekly podcast series called Trade Talks that Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and I are publishing. According to the iTunes description, we promise to cohost a weekly podcast on developments in international trade and policy. Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. UK fact of the day: the NHS uses 10 percent of the world’s pagers. 2. Did they steal the de Kooning just for themselves? (NYT) 3. “Fruit names do not invite ghosts, [Taiwanese] food official says” 4. Modeled Behavior argues for Amazon in Philly. Show More Summary

Parenting by Panopticon?

The cameras record the families’ lives — conversations, arguments, every interaction. If something is amiss, Cognition Builders can provide instant direction on how to remedy the situation, either verbally through a microphone in the camera or by sending a text to the parent. Show More Summary

Fischer Black’s classic 1986 essay “Noise”

Here is the pdf link, every now and then I feel I should put up an “oldie but goodie.”  This is one of the essays that has influenced my thought the most, noting that Fischer had his own language and could be quite opaque.  Here is the abstract of his 17 pp. essay: The effects […] The post Fischer Black’s classic 1986 essay “Noise” appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Would North Korea consider a first strike?

Vipin Narang says yes: The strategy turns on Kim’s main calculation that the United States will say it’s not worth losing a major American city to get rid of him. Of course he could not knock out a major American or allied target, but...Show More Summary

Tesla’s Damaged Goods Problem

TechCrunch: Tesla has pushed an over-the-air update to some of its vehicles in Florida that lets those cars go just a liiiittle bit farther, thus helping their owners get that much farther away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma....Show More Summary

Florida price gouging by the airlines?

Maybe, but consider this: Airfare data by Hopper shows that the price hikes that took place this past week are similar to those from two weeks ago, suggesting that the price changes are typical for a week of departure flights. Here is the full NYT story. The post Florida price gouging by the airlines? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Sunday assorted links

1. Forthcoming collection of Eugene Fama papers. 2. Small steps toward a much better world. 3. Nicole Krauss By the Book (NYT). 4. Is ageism also sexism? 5. Insect burgers of mealworm larvae come to Switzerland. 6. Cass Sunstein defends nudges. The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

MIT to offer Degree in Computer Science + Economics

Designing electronic marketplaces will be the focus of a new degree to be offered jointly by MIT’s economics and computer science departments. “This area is super-hot commercially,” says David Autor, the Ford Professor of Economics and associate head of the Department of Economics. Show More Summary

Luxury canine markets in everything

How is making clothing for animals different than for humans? “There is a whole different physiology when you’re designing for a pet. The animal has to be able to go to the bathroom without removing the clothing. The design must be comfortable,...Show More Summary

Is the Great Chocolate Stagnation over?

I say no, but some disagree: There hasn’t been an innovation in the world of chocolate since the white variant was introduced in 1930, which is fine because — in the immortal words of Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast” — if ain’t baroque, don’t fix it. Show More Summary

China Philippines fact of the day

Gulangyu — known as Kulangsu in the local Fujian dialect — is a typical example of this [growing tourism] trend, which has been repeated from Tibet to the Great Wall. The 2 sq km island just off the thriving port city of Xiamen gets more than 10m visitors a year, almost double the number that […] The post China Philippines fact of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Saturday assorted links

1. Is the middle class abandoning football? 2. It’s not quite The Drone Wars, but New York to See Release of GMO Murder-Moths. 3. MIE: Stock spirit Financial Economist John Maynard Keynes 3D crystal company Desk art statue. 4. A taxonomy and analysis for finding good restaurants. 5. The story of Quillette. The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Should Harvard admit more legacy students?

That is the question behind my latest Bloomberg column, and basically the answer is yes.  Schools could scale up, using legacy admissions as a further source of finance.  But why don’t they?: So why don’t top schools do more to expand...Show More Summary

Incontinence of the Void

That is the new, forthcoming Žižek book, here is one brief excerpt: Peter Sloterdijk endorses Badiou’s thesis, from his Le siecle, that the defining feature of the twentieth century was “the passion for the real,” the gravitational pull...Show More Summary


Long ago, in the ancient city of Cyrene, there was a herb called silphium. It didn’t look like much – with stout roots, stumpy leaves and bunches of small yellow flowers – but it oozed with an odiferous sap that was so delicious and useful, the plant was eventually worth its weight in gold. That’s the […] The post Silphium appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Friday assorted links

1. Five Karl Polanyi lectures from 1940. 2. The plans to guarantee everyone a job. 3. Arnold Kling on mark-ups. 4. The evolution of women’s stock photos (NYT). 5. Catalonia’s insurrection day (a quick read will offer numerous reasons to be skeptical of this initiative). Show More Summary

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