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Monday assorted links

1. The beer pipe conditional public goods assurance game culture that is Belgium (NYT). 2. How meaning varies between speech and its typed transcript. 3. Dani Rodrik Op-Ed on how to do globalization right (NYT). 4. The classic books are making a commercial comeback. Show More Summary

Straight thinking about Bayer and Monsanto

That is my latest Bloomberg column, hardly anyone has a consistent and evidence-based view on this deal.  Here is one bit: Critics who dislike Monsanto for its leading role in developing genetically modified organisms and agricultural...Show More Summary

Theory of the umpteenth best, a classic New York parable

In two separate cases, thieves snatching bags from city streets and train stations inadvertently helped law enforcement get the upper hand in an ongoing bomb spree that’s hurt dozens of people and spans both sides of the Hudson River, sources said. Show More Summary

Robert Shiller on Open Borders

Nobelist Robert Shiller writes that the next revolution will be an anti-national revolution: For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another.Show More Summary

Why do people hate the media so much?

Haven’t you noticed this? I have a simple hypothesis.  No matter what the media tells you their job is, the feature of media that actually draws viewer interest is how media stories either raise or lower particular individuals in status. ...Show More Summary

What is wrong with African cities?

In Africa this process seems not to work as well. According to one 2007 study of 90 developing countries, Africa is the only region where urbanisation is not correlated with poverty reduction. The World Bank says that African cities “cannot be characterised as economically dense, connected, and liveable. Show More Summary

The culture that is Texas high school football

After Texas high school builds $60-million stadium, rival district plans one for nearly $70 million Need I say more?  I will nonetheless: In Frisco, which neighbors Allen and McKinney, the district will pay $30 million over several years...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. “…we find that the real price of watches in nearly all categories falls steadily by 1.3 per cent per year, equivalent to a fall of 75 per cent over a century, showing that sustained innovation in the production of a highly complex...Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

1. Europe Since 1989: A History, by Philipp Ther.  And yet it is all told through the vantage point of central and eastern Europe.  Recommended, not just the usual and interesting to see “the West” treated as the periphery.  Makes you wonder if eastern Europe ever had a chance. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. The geography of populist surges.  This update tells us that rural income did OK. 2. Airbnb + clapped out taxi cab = NYC on $39 a night.  This guy (NYT) pays $450 a month for a 40-square foot cubbyhole in Williamsburg.  And the homes of New Yorkers on TV are looking worse (NYT). 3. […] The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The economic decline of bowling the culture that was America

Bowling alone and for peanuts too: In 1964, “bowling legend” Don Carter was the first athlete in any sport to receive a $1 million endorsement deal ($7.6 million today). In return, bowling manufacturing company Ebonite got the rights to release the bowler’s signature model ball. Show More Summary

China facts of the day

Total outstanding mortgage loans rose more than 30 percent and new mortgage growth clocked in at 111 percent in the past year. Since June 2012, outstanding mortgage loans have grown at an annualized rate of 30 percent. Predictably, that’s pushed prices higher and higher. Show More Summary

It matters where robots live, robot nationalism next to come?

California police use a robot to take away a suspect’s gun. 100 robots queue for iPhones in New Zealand. Runaway robot arrested at political rally in Moscow. The post It matters where robots live, robot nationalism next to come? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Labor Force Participation and Video Games

Here is more from Erik Hurst discussing his new research: On average, lower-skilled men in their 20s increased “leisure time” by about four hours per week between the early 2000s and 2015. All of us face the same time endowment, so if leisure time is increasing, something else is decreasing. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. New Jersey’s deserted mid-century motels. 2. Smart dildos will violate your privacy.  Arguably the link is safe for work, arguably not, it does show a smart dildo (not in use). 3. Kevin D. Williamson on Hillybilly Elegy. 4. An updated take on whether football is doomed. Show More Summary

Model this Brexit is Brexit until it’s not or is it once again?

Senior figures in the EU believe that Britain will give up on Brexit if they make negotiations as tough as possible, the Telegraph understands. British officials are fighting to stop Europe adopting a no-compromise position in talks in the hope that the UK will change its mind about leaving the bloc. Show More Summary

If Trump wins, what is the best theory of why?

I can think of a few candidate theories: 1. His views are the right views, more or less, and American voters recognized this. 2. A quite significant percentage of America is very directly racist.  I don’t mean statistical discrimination here, I mean “downright racist.” 3. Show More Summary

Toward a theory of Marginal Revolution, the blog

I found this pretty awesome and flattering (I couldn’t manage to indent it or get the formatting right): Exploring the Marginal Revolution Dataset, by Will Nowak 1 Sept 2016 1 Introduction 2 Housekeeping 3 Exploratory Data Analysis 3.1...Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. “A law of conservation of violence” — through price effects. 2. Ten ways to adapt to prison. 3. “Taking a cue from those inflatable bounce houses at kids’ birthday parties, the Boston-based company rents out a blow-up version of an Irish pub, including the very real beverages for an authentic experience…” 4. Show More Summary

Globalization goes national

That is my latest Bloomberg column, and it address the common charge that globalization is over or has peaked.  Global trade has in fact slowed down a great deal.  But we are seeing a new kind of globalization, only inside the borders...Show More Summary

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