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Capital control effectiveness: Firm-level evidence from Brazil

Capital controls are back in fashion. This column discusses new firm-level evidence from Brazil showing that capital controls segment international financial markets, reduce external financing, and lower firm-level investment. They disproportionately affect small, non-exporting firms, especially those more dependent on external finance. Show More Summary

Digitised @SLQ – Boer War Diary describes Queensland troops’ movements

A newly digitised Boer war diary of the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen by Major F.W. Toll shows “actual movements and marches of the unit whilst attached to Genl. Plumers’column” from April 1901 through May 1902.  It is  in the John Oxley Library as part of Collection OM84-11. The Toll diary immediately transports one through time [...]

The servicification of manufacturing and trade policy

The manufacturing sector in OECD countries increasingly buys, produces, sells and exports services. This is now known as the servicification of manufacturing. This column, using firm-level data from Sweden, shows that as firms’ share of in-house services increases, so does their export intensity. Show More Summary

Measles and the anti-vaccination movement meet at Disneyland

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Read this terrific column by the Los Angeles Times' Michael Hiltzik from the heart of the anti-vaccination movement. It's not Disneyland's fault, of  course, but it does show what can happen in a place where many visitors come from all over the world.Read full article >>

Q&A: How Alan Taylor, online photography pioneer, is rethinking The Atlantic’s photo site

On Monday, NASA released a high definition version of one of its most iconic photos ever, the Pillars of Creation — a shot from the Hubble Space Telescope that shows three massive columns of gas about 6,500 light years away. Atlantic senior editor Alan Taylor, who runs the site’s In Focus photography blog, knew immediately...

Maureen Dowd Denies Showing Column to Amy Pascal’s Husband

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

The latest scandal to emerge from the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures concerns an email exchange between studio co-chair Amy Pascal and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd regarding a column published earlier this year about women in Hollywood. Show More Summary

Sony Leak: How Your New York Times Fluff-Piece Sausage Gets Made

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

How do you get a quote from Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal for a column you want to write about her? It helps if you're good friends with her husband—and it helps even more if you show him your column in advance to assure Pascal that the coverage is positive. Read more...

Sony Leak: How Your New York Times Fluff-Piece Sausage Gets Made

2 months agoEntertainment : Defamer

How do you get a quote from Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal for a column you want to write about her? It helps if you're good friends with her husband—and it helps even more if you show him your column in advance to assure Pascal that the coverage is positive. Read more...

Central-bank credibility, reputation and inflation targeting in historical perspective

Central bank credibility is critically linked to communication and commitment. This column analyses the historical evolution of credibility, showing its prewar peak and the subsequent dip from which it did not fully recover until the 1980s. Inflation targeting has played a key role in establishing credibility in both developed and emerging market economies.

Eco Alert: Warming Pacific May Release Greenhouse Gas Sealed for Millions of Years

Sonar image above shows methane bubbles rising from the seafloor off the Washington coast. The base of the column is 1/3 of a mile (515 meters) deep and the top of the plume is at 1/10 of a mile (180...

Global banking: Structural change vs fragmentation

The Global Financial Crisis has triggered a reduction in cross-border bank lending. This column uses evidence from an updated bank ownership database to show that global banking is not becoming more fragmented. It is rather going through structural transformations. Show More Summary

SL Letter of the Day: Sticking to the Point

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Having been away from the online world for the past week, I didn't notice until just now that my question was featured (and answered) in this past week's column. I am so honored! I kind of want to show everyone I know... and absolutely...Show More Summary

"The tens of thousands of people who both read my columns and listened to my radio shows through two decades in the media know this has been a carefully orchestrated attack..."

"... to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government. The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record."Said Lee Hansen, who'd said a lot, in print and on the radio over the past 2 decades. You can see "the tip of the iceberg" here.

Rattner on Income Inequality

Steve Rattner gets many things right in his NYT column on income inequality. (Okay, I'm going soft because he used a chart from CEPR on mandated vacation.) But there is one point worth correcting. His charts showing income inequality before taxes and transfers across countries is misleading. Show More Summary

Foreign Exchange Settlement Shows the Lessons Banks Have Learned

Perhaps the biggest lesson from the settlement was seen after other cases involving big fines -- there will be little real change in how global banks act, Peter J. Henning writes in the White Collar Watch column.

NYT corrects: ‘She is a performer from the show, not a drag queen from the show

4 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

An excellent correction rides below Michael Powell’s Oct. 8 column about the San Francisco Giants: An earlier version of this column, using information from the San Francisco Giants, described incorrectly the cast member of “Beach Blanket...Show More Summary

The illusion of choice: Evidence from Barcelona

The Boston mechanism for school assignment is well studied and widely used. This column shows two crucial failings of the variation that gives priority based on neighbourhood, using an exogenous policy change in Barcelona. Since assignment to any school not picked first is unlikely, most parents make the ‘safe’ pick and rank the local school first. Show More Summary

Were we wrong about Gillespie’s strategy?

What should be the takeaway from a new survey by the respected Quinnipiac University showing Sen. Mark Warner (D) beating Republican challenger Ed Gillespie by only 48-39 among likely voters? In our recent column, we questioned the rookie...Show More Summary

Fox's Outnumbered Defends Forbes Contributor Fired For Offensive Campus Sexual Assault Column

From the September 25 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered: Related: Forbes Fires 'Drunk Girl' Columnist Previously: The Show That Sexism Built: Fox Drops All Pretense With Outnumbered "Let Men Be Men": Fox News Hosts Defend Catcalling Fox Host: "Why Should There Be Anything Controversial" About Telling Women Not To Drink To Avoid Sexual Assault?

Scenic Routes: Unforgiven offers a three-act drama in one crackerjack scene

As I’ve mentioned before, the idea for this column came from an annual movie clip party that a friend of mine and I have been throwing for the past 16 years, to which guests bring favorite short scenes. (In the old days, people showed up with VHS tapes cued to the scene in question. Show More Summary

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