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Monday assorted links

1. Arnold Kling on Cass Sunstein and books to change people’s minds. 2. “Methodological terrorism“?  With a significant cameo by Andrew Gelman. 3. Dan Wang on Melancholy. 4. “A 2015 analysis published in The BMJ found 727 potential references...Show More Summary

Robin Hanson: Futurist

A great cover and story in The Chronicle of Higher Education on our colleague, Robin Hanson. The answer, of course, is yes. The post Robin Hanson: Futurist appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

What should I ask Fuchsia Dunlop?

In case you have been living under a quiche shop, she has written the very best Chinese cookbooks ever, and her memoir is excellent too. No, the public chat with Steven Pinker has not been held yet, but I will be recording with Fuchsia soon due to schedule constraints, so I am asking now for […] The post What should I ask Fuchsia Dunlop? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

India’s biometric smartcards, a good sentence about them

Overall, our results suggest that investing in secure payments infrastructure can significantly enhance “state capacity” to implement welfare programs in developing countries. That is from Muralidharan, Niehaus, and Sukhtankar in the...Show More Summary

The death of football, installment #1437

…the NFL is seeing its ratings tumble in the same way that the Olympics, awards shows and other live events have, falling more than 10 percent for the first five weeks of the season compared with the first five weeks of last season.Show More Summary

Does Diversity Reduce Freedom or Growth?

The founding father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, credits ‘social discipline’ for the phenomenal economic rise of his country (Sen, 1999). Countries such as Singapore apparently demonstrate that autocratic measures are probably necessary,...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. Ursula Le Guin profile.  And Bob Dylan as Richard Wagner. 2. Tom Sietsema on the Michelin picks for D.C. 3. Maria Konnikova reviews Tim Harford at NYT. 4. Inaction markets in everything, age of television college football edition....Show More Summary

I guess I was traveling when Congress took the vote on this one

The Americans are providing targeting intelligence and refueling Saudi warplanes involved in bombing rebel positions. But coalition strikes have also destroyed hospitals, markets and residential neighborhoods, killing large numbers of civilians. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. Summary of Charles Taylor. 2. Did China just win? 3. Slowdown in Singapore. 4. Is the House really on the line? 5. Wallonia blocks EU-Canada trade deal. 6. Sky Ladder is a splendid documentary, Netflix.  It’s the story of Cai Guo-qiang,...Show More Summary

Department of Ho-Hum

Universe has two trillion more galaxies than previously thought. Back to worrying about the election! The post Department of Ho-Hum appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Friday assorted links

1. I still don’t get why banks will keep their blockchain current without something like Bitcoin attached. (NYT) 2. How to lower crime in Latin America. 3. The ISIS drone wars have begun (NYT).  And the drone wars come to the prisons, part II. Show More Summary

What I’ve Been Watching: Knox, Cage, Westworld

Amanda Knox on Netflix is a shorter version of Making a Murderer. Shorter because there isn’t much evidence that Knox had anything to do with the murder of her housemate. The documentary has extensive interviews with the lead investigator,...Show More Summary

The coach who never punts

In Little Rock, Arkansas, the Pulaski Academy Bruins play the game of football differently than you’ve ever seen before. They don’t punt. They onside kick every time. And they always go for two. Kevin Kelley, the architect of the system, studied years and years worth of data and implemented the system with absolute success. Show More Summary

Wage stickiness in Italy is much weaker for the informal sector

We find that the wage differential between formal/regulated and informal/unregulated sectors increased after 2008. Moreover, while wages in the informal sector decreased by about 20% in 2008-13, wages in the formal sector virtually did not fall. Show More Summary

Arbitrary power at the CFPB

That is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, part of Dodd-Frank.  Here is the Wall Street Journal on the recent court decision to restrict the powers of the Bureau: The panel’s decision limited the broad discretion granted the five-year-old...Show More Summary

Piketty, Housing, and Capital Share

Gianni La Cava has a very interesting article (based on a longer paper) on what accounts for the rising share of capital in the income accounts: A key observation in Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Piketty 2014)...Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. David Beckworth podcast with Claudio Borio.  And Stuart Warner interviews Peter Thiel. 2. Cass Sunstein picks five books to represent conservative thought. 3. Baby elephant topology problems (very short video). 4. What Beirut did wrong with its rebuilding. Show More Summary

Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate!

I had heard the rumors for years, but I didn’t think it actually would happen.  My takes on a few Dylan albums: FreeWheelin’ Bob Dylan: One of his most listenable and underrated albums, the same is true for Another Side of Bob Dylan. Bringing It All Back Home: The album I fell in love with […] The post Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate! appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Male Average is Over, sentences to ponder male fact of the day

In 1980, 66% of high-skilled men worked in cognitive occupations. Over the next 20 years, this proportion fell by 3 percentage points (pp) to 63%. Interestingly, this fall in the probability of working in a COG job was accompanied by...Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

1. Stephen M. Bainbridge and M. Todd Henderson. Limited Liability: A Legal and Economic Analysis.  One of this year’s sleeper books, it is probably the best extant treatment of corporate limited liability and one of the best books on...Show More Summary

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