Assorted links

by on May 29, 2011 at 1:11 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. And this joke is on whom?

2. Ezra Klein and Paul Ryan, Q&A; and Ezra responds to Ryan.

3. Career advice from Bob Hall.

4. How do CEOs spend their time?

5. Getting rid of older workers.

6. Are fish noodlers high status?

ryan May 29, 2011 at 3:18 am

markets in everything – psychics:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/us/27psychic.html?_r=2&hp

killer quote: “Many of them are not trained,” she said of her rivals.

Andrew May 29, 2011 at 7:04 am

2. How does Klein know Germany and France get more from their medical system? He doesn’t even trot out the mortality canard. That is an assumption. To know this, he’d have to know something that I’ve never seen any pundit discuss, the inputs, the health of the patients prior to treatment.

Also, he says that other countries are controlling costs. Not necessarily. Their costs are growing, some of them at a faster rate than ours. Ryan is right here, while Klein accuses him of ‘changing the countries’ of comparison that Klein obviously chose arbitrarily to support Klein’s argument. If we were Germany, which we aren’t, maybe we could do what they do and get identical results, which we can’t.

JonF May 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Mathematics, economics and biology are all universal. The Germans are not a different species, nor do they inhabit an alternate universe where the laws of logic and arithmetic work otherwise. Just as with TVs and computers, if it works in Deutschland it should work here too.

dearieme May 29, 2011 at 7:15 am

#5: how do US universities cope? It’s obvious that tenure and lack of a retirement age are incompatible. So what’s done?

Andrew May 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

You make them earn the bulk of their remuneration from grants and the like.

DK May 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Which doesn’t really work because the remainder of their renumeration is still significantly above median income. So there is no strong financial incentive to be good at what you do once you get a tenure.

CK May 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

In re Fish noodling.
Won’t someone think of the hypothetical children drawn to a watery grave while trying to wrestle a 60# channel cat into submission and ultimately onto the grill? Fish noodling was recently shown on Swamp People. I have myself in the distant past tickled a trout and bopped a bass but unfortunately 60# channel cats were unavailable to noodle.
The reason fish noodling is illegal is that it is a cheap way to put food on the table. No flys, no rod, no fancy gear; just an arm or two and a bit of hunger.

DK May 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

#4 – Fig.1. So according to their PAs, about 2/3 of CEO of the leading Italian companies work less than 40 hours per week, with about 1/4 of them working less than 30 hours per week and virtually no one working more than 50 hours per week. This sort of statistics ought to be better known.

Jeffrey Deutsch May 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Is the juxtaposition of 4. and 5. intentional, or at least a Freudian slip?

Jeff Deutsch

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