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Saturday assorted links

1. “My most important advice here is stark and politically very incorrect: Don’t give too much weight to the social importance of the issue; instead, do what captures your intellectual interest and creative imagination.” That is from Avinash Dixit (pdf). Show More Summary

Coups are less frequent these days, but more likely to succeed

In other words, last night was an outlier.  Here is Jonathan M. Powell and Clayton L. Thyne in the Journal of Peace Research: We also see some interesting trends in the frequency of coup attempts over time. As shown in Figure 2, there...Show More Summary

Are military coups based on popular opinion? Poor growth performance?

Here is Naunihal Singh, writing at Monkey Cage a few years ago: More fundamentally problematic, however, is the assumption that popular opinion has an impact on coups. Although this claim is common in political science, there is no evidence to support it. Show More Summary

Turkish economist Timur Kuran is doing plenty of coup tweeting

From Istanbul, follow him here.  Here is my 2010 post “Why Timur Kuran is one of our most important thinkers.”  Timur’s work has held up very well since then, to say the least. The post Turkish economist Timur Kuran is doing plenty of coup tweeting appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The rise of coup-proofing in Turkey?

Go to this link, and click on “Coup-proofing in Turkey.”  (Or try here.)  It is a recent 2006 account of what the Turkish government has tried to do to make the country coup-proof, by Gokhan Bacik and Sammas Salur.  They tried many institutional...Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Do you have a doppelganger?  The chance is higher than you might think. 2. What do scientists report as some of the main problems facing science?  Hint: one of them is “not enough money.” 3. Why pharma opposes pot legalization: “…in...Show More Summary

The FDA versus the Tooth

The NYTimes has an incredible story on a simple, paint-on liquid that stops tooth decay and prevents further cavities: Nobody looks forward to having a cavity drilled and filled by a dentist. Now there’s an alternative: an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on cavities to stop tooth decay — painlessly. Show More Summary

How social science got the “psychoticism” factor wrong

Remember the paper that said “conservatives” were on average more likely to exhibit “psychoticism,” but then it turned out there was a statistical mistake and this should have been attributed to “liberals,” at least within the confines...Show More Summary

Middle Kingdom & Empire of the Rising Sun

This excellent book by June Teufel Dreyer has the subtitle Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present.  Here is one short bit: Moreover, the Chinese distinction between themselves as civilized and all others as barbarians was, they [the...Show More Summary

My Fall 2016 Industrial Organization reading list, Ph.d class

This is tentative, and I still will make further changes, so by all means please leave your suggestions in the comments.  The list is long, so I am putting it under the fold… Competition Einav, Lira and Levin, Jonathan, “Empirical Industrial Organization: A Progress Report,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, (Spring 2010), 145-162. Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. Hyperuniformity. 2. The fastest growing market for Chinese goods is the Philippines. 3. The PR culture that is Faroe (warning: violent images at the link). 4. Howard Raiffa has passed away (NYT). 5. An African free trade agreement on the way. 6. Radley Balko on the Roland Fryer study, very good piece. The post Thursday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The Great Chocolate Boom

The explosive growth of a mass market for chocolate from the 1880s transformed the world cocoa economy more radically than at any other time in history.  The consumption of chocolate increased more rapidly than that of either coffeeShow More Summary

A Book About Love, by Jonah Lehrer

Here is my deliberately short review: It is a good book. Here is David Brooks’s NYT review, he notes “The book is interesting on nearly every page.” I am well aware of Lehrer’s previous failings, but today I am evaluating only this book.  Paul Celan went so far as to try to kill his wife, […] The post A Book About Love, by Jonah Lehrer appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

European Union fact of the day

A Timbro study by Alexander Fritz Englund showed that E.U. membership for the 28 countries resulted in a statistically significant increase in economic freedom in all of the sub-categories in The Economic Freedom of the World index. The biggest improvement comes in the year of membership, but it increases afterwards as well. Show More Summary

Hacked medical records markets in everything

For some time now I have had mixed feelings about the move to electronic medical records, here is another reason why: On the dark web, medical records draw a far higher price than credit cards. Hackers are well aware that it’s simple...Show More Summary

Predicting the sea and naval policies of nations

Who else would be up to speed on this but Kevin Lewis?  He sends me this article: Why do states claim limited, moderate, or expansive jurisdiction over the waters adjacent to their coasts? I argue that because of the unique role of the...Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. Better dating through Powerpoint? 2. Why Vietnam does so well on PISA for its income level.  And Jerome A. Cohen’s quick take on the South China Sea ruling.  And no massive protests in China so far. 3. Profile of Jill Lepore. 4. Could...Show More Summary

Kidney Gift Vouchers

I am not expecting a market in kidneys anytime soon but ever more sophisticated barter is slowly improving kidney allocation. Most recently, UCLA has started a program where a kidney donation may be swapped for a kidney gift certificate good for a kidney transplant at a time of the recipient’s choosing. Show More Summary

The economic policies of Theresa May

Also in The Sun on Sunday, May argued that outside of the EU, “we’ll be able to do lots of common-sense things, like cut back on red tape and let local councils buy British.” She went further in her speech launching her leadership campaign...Show More Summary

The culture that is China

A Chinese man was recently in the news for not only winning millions of yuan in a lottery, but also for the bizarre costume he wore while collecting his prize. The man, believed to be about 40 years old, was so worried about revealing his identity that he actually turned up dressed as the popular […] The post The culture that is China appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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