Bookmarks (2419)

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    *An American Pickle*

    I am not giving away anything by telling you the basic premise of this film is...

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    Why herd immunity is worth less than you might think

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  The evidence in favor of at least...

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    The classical theory of economic growth, by Donald J. Harris

    By Donald J. Harris, here is the abstract: Focused on the emerging conditions of industrial capitalism...

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    The film culture that is royal Britain

    There have been few insights into what the Queen’s favourite film is but one might assume...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. Pre-dating communism, East German women have been more likely to give birth outside of a...

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    Which time lags matter for testing regimes?

    What determines the success of a COVID-19 Test & Trace policy? We use an SEIR agent-based...

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    The U.S. selects better for Asian immigrants than does Australia

    Whereas Australia has pursued a skills-based migration policy, the United States has privileged family-based migration. The key contrast between these...

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    Coming soon, to a country near you

    But let’s start with the UK: The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has fallen...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. How safe is it to fly? (Bloomberg) 2. What is the share of the population...

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    The Contemporary Impact of Black G.I.s in Europe in WWII

    Abstract: Can attitudes towards minorities, an important cultural trait, be changed? We show that the presence...

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    Rapid Tests

    Good video with Michael Mina on rapid tests. See especially graph starting at 2:29. Here’s a...

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    Three areas where you never run out of great books to read

    Those three areas are: 1. The history of the British Isles 2. The history of the...

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    “Israel Versus Anyone”

    That is the title of a new research paper by Kenneth S. Brower, focusing on the...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. Scathing but insightful piece about “the Right,” by Julius Krein. 2. Further results on cross-immunities. ...

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    Claims about Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir

    Viking society wasn’t homogeneous. They had dealings with many different cultures and they lived in varied...

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    No brain drain for Filipino nurses

    We exploit changes in U.S. visa policies for nurses to measure brain drain versus gain. Combining...

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    From the comments, on coronavirus and humidity

    I am not convinced by the humidity hypothesis, as I don’t see it having much macro...

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    Don’t mention the fake news

    Even exposure to the ill-defined term “fake news” and claims about its prevalence can be harmful....

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    Saturday assorted links

    1. The polity that is Germany: “Light traps for insects are to be banned outdoors, while...

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    Bill Gates is Angry

    But people aren’t getting their tests back quickly enough. Well, that’s just stupidity. The majority of...

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    Beware of coronavirus moralizing

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: Then there is...

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    Are pre-docs in economics a good idea?

    Formal pre-doc programmes have burgeoned, especially in elite universities such as Harvard, Stanford, the University of...

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    Friday assorted links

    1. MIE: The Clash jigsaw puzzles. 2. Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from...

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    Ideas Of India

    Ideas Of India is Shruti Rajagopalan’s new podcast about India. This is going to be an...

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    Stack-Push-Pop COVID Testing

    A COVID test that doesn’t come back in a few days is close to useless and...

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    What I’ve been reading

    My local public library has reopened!  From the library and from elsewhere, I have been enjoying:...

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    The YIMBYs win one, in the UK

    The government is determined all the same, in keeping with the prime minister’s desire to “build,...

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    Thursday assorted links

    1. Bradykinin, and icatibant, danazol, stanozolol, ecallantide, berinert, cinryze and haegarda.  Here is the actual link.  Are those usable Scrabble words? 2. New...

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    Is Early Vaccination a Good Idea?

    On August 2, bio-statistician Steven Salzberg argued that We Should Consider Starting Covid-19 Vaccinations Now. But,...

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    What did the China hawks get right and wrong about China?

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is part of the closing bit:...

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    The Flynn Effect is stronger than you think

    Despite the lack of effective treatments or preventive strategies, the dementia epidemic is on the wane in...

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    Wednesday assorted links

    1. The rise, fall, and rise of the status pineapple. 2. Jennifer Doleac with Rob Wiblin...

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    The Hawaii bastion has fallen

    “We must accept the new reality: The virus is widespread on Oahu,” said Anderson, noting that...

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    Textbook Talk: Teaching Online

    Modern Principles was designed to work online and has more resources for teaching online than any...

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    *Finntopia: What We Can Learn From the World’s Happiest Country*

    That is the new book by Danny Dorling and Annika Koljonen, and I opened randomly to...

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    Some doubts about medical ethics, and maybe that Russian vaccine is underrated

    Most major questions in ethics are unsettled, though of course I have my own views, as...

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    Do beliefs cause the great stagnation to persist?

    The Great Recession was a deep downturn with long-lasting effects on credit, employment, and output. While...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. “Agriculture, generally believed to have formed the basis of the Judaean economy, could not alone...

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    Textbook Talk: Modern Principles and Pandemics

    Tyler and I talk about the pandemic economics in our textbook, Modern Principles of Economics. And...

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    How the workday is changing post-lockdown

    Using de- identified, aggregated meeting and email meta-data from 3,143,270 users, we find, compared to pre-...

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    Why do some states have such low unemployment rates?

    That is for June, Kentucky is at 4.3 percent but West Virginia at 10.4?  Here are...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. “Sociable weavers work together to construct large nests in southern Africa, often in acacia trees....

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    Nursing home networks and Covid-19

    We construct network measures of nursing home connectedness and estimate that nursing homes have, on average,...

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    The Great Psychometric test continues (U.K. fact of the day)

    And the results ain’t always pretty: The number of high-risk drinkers nearly doubled in lockdown and...

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    *Missing: The Need for Closure after the Great War*

    That is the new and excellent book by Richard Van Emden, and it covers how the...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. New results on income inequality and the equity premium.  The premium should fall with the...

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    CEO stress, aging, and death

    We show that increased job demands due to takeover threats and industry crises have significant adverse...

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    Unbundling the Police in Kentucky

    In Why Are the Police in Charge of Road Safety? I argued for unbundling the police:...

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    How not to fight modern-day slavery

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: The Slave-Free Business...

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    Infected versus Infectious

    As I said in my post Frequent, Fast, and Cheap is Better than Sensitive we shouldn’t...