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New edition of Tyler Cowen’s ethnic dining guide

Here is the one file, print it all out version, just revised.  Here is the blog version, which is easier to follow in bits and pieces, looks nicer, works better (thanks to the estimable Chug), and accepts comments.  Here are the links on Twitter. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Why thieves steal soap. 2. Farmers have stronger hips. 3. Has Singaporean meritocracy gone too far? 4. The most Canadian photo ever? 5. “Amazon can just make it themselves.” 6. The aging of Cindy Sherman (NYT). 7. Lonnie Mack has passed away; The Wham of that Memphis Man! is one of my favorite albums. The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

College socializes people into the mentality of the affluent

There is a paper on that theme (pdf) by Tali Mendelberg, Katherine T.McCabe, and Adam Thal, here is the abstract: Affluent Americans support more conservative economic policies than the non-­affluent, and government responds disproportionately to these views. Show More Summary

Interview with Axel Leijohufvud

Conducted by Arjun Jayadev and Josh Maso, here is one bit: John Hicks was a stammerer, and so when you had an ordinary conversation with him, every utterance started with uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh and sometimes was interminable. And...Show More Summary

Prince, R.I.P.

As all or most of you know by now, Prince has passed away.  I don’t listen to him nearly as much as I did in the eighties, but songs such as “When Doves Cry,” “Dirty Mind,” “Glam Slam,” “Starfish and Coffee,” and (most of all) the acoustic, CD-single version of “Seven” still stick in my […] The post Prince, R.I.P. appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Thursday assorted links

1. New Zealand is also undershooting its inflation target. 2. Computer generates all possible ideas to beat patent trolls. 3. Predicting stock market reaction to FOMC announcements via Twitter feeds (pdf). 4. Blind dates over age 90....Show More Summary

Another reason why Harriet Tubman is a good pick

It is also an example of great achievements in light of a disability: As a teenager, following a severe head injury—the result of her efforts to protect another slave—Tubman developed a lifelong, chronic condition, with debilitating symptoms that have been described as being similar to those of narcolepsy and temporal lobe epilepsy. Show More Summary

Regulatory Arbitrage, Rent-Seeking and the Deal of the Year

The NYTimes ran a full page ad yesterday congratulating NY real estate broker Mark Weiss for winning the Real Estate Board of New York’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award. I was curious, so I did some research and found some information about one of Weiss’s most succesful deals. Show More Summary

London markets in everything

A new pop-up restaurant coming to central London this summer will give diners the option to eat in the nude. The Bunyadi, which is opening in June for three months, will be split into clothed and unclothed sections, and even feature staff in the nude with certain body parts covered up, Time Out reports. Show More Summary

Paul Krugman on a carbon tax

If reducing emissions really has to involve moving on many fronts, anything that looks like an administrative solution — telling, say, power companies what to do or not to do — is going to be much more costly than carbon pricing that exploits all the possibilities. Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. Why are the suburbs so resilient?  Rambling but interesting essay. 2. Rich Chinese guy goes shopping with eight robot maids.  And Chinese bulldozer fight. 3. Profile of Justin Wolfers. 4. A Voxsplainer on alt-right. 5. NYT agrees with Jorma Kaukonen and the Uighurs: Crystal City is cool. Show More Summary

Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China

That will be the new Fuchsia Dunlop book, due out in October, July in the UK, self-recommending.  Her work is far more than recipes, but rather an extended meditation on food, history, culture and many other things.  She is one of my...Show More Summary

Optimal tax policy for a Keynesian recession?

This paper offers recommendations for how the design of labor income taxes should change during recessions, based on a simple model of a recessionary economy in which jobs are rationed and some employees value working more than others do. Show More Summary

Might CRISPR prove to be regulatory arbitrage?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that it will not regulate the cultivation and sale of a white-button mushroom created using CRISPR… In this case, no foreign organism’s genetic material was introduced into...Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

1. Pieter M. Judson, The Habsburg Empire: A New History.  Belknap Press, a carefully researched take on the political history of a poorly understood era.  A bit dry, but very well done and full of information. 2. Richard E. Feinberg,...Show More Summary

Ruchir Sharma on Brazil

Today the average Brazilian income is about 16% of the U.S. average, with basically no gain for 100 years. Even more striking, since the mid-1980s Brazil has seen its GDP growth rate track commodity prices more closely than any other nation in the world. Show More Summary

Tuesday assorted links

1. Chinese bond yields are rising. 2. Google Books can go back to scanning.  As an author, I am happy.  As a reader and researcher, I am happy too. 3. A game-design competition for Robert Caro’s book on Robert Moses. 4. Do we need more of “the slow professor”? 5. 48 percent of the people […] The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The Number of Publicy Traded Firms Has Halved

In the past twenty years [the] U.S. has lost almost 50% of its publicly traded firms [from 6,797 in 1997 to 3,485 in 2013, AT]. This decline has been so dramatic, that the number of firms these days is lower than it has been in the early...Show More Summary

Market urbanism and tax incidence

I put some of my worries about market urbanism being overrated by its proponents in an earlier post, and I thought I would clarify a bit.  I fully agree that we should deregulate building in major cities such as San Francisco, and just...Show More Summary

Buddhisms: An Introduction, or what do Buddhists argue about?

That is the new book by John S. Strong., which I recommend highly.  It won’t charm you or interest you in the subjecti f you don’t already care, but the already-motivated can learn a great deal from it. I find most books on BuddhismShow More Summary

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