Assorted links

by on May 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Betsey Stevenson on Bryan Caplan and unhappy parents.

2. What Abhijit Banerjee would do for South Sudan.

3. What death means to primates.

4. Ten year old food critic, he is better and more authentic than most.

5. More on the economics of Groupon.

lemmy caution May 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

This is the kindergarten study that Betsey Stevenson mentions:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:0afWxgyn5bIJ:obs.rc.fas.harvard.edu/chetty/STAR.pdf+%E2%80%9CHow+Does+Your+Kindergarten+Classroom+Affect+Your+Earnings?+Evidence+from+Project+Star,%E2%80%9D&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgi9nLrAGtNDvVOpGVY5ICjXjq4KXgT-S2Nrl2Jnz0Ex-IWaQlqQiYesMwzSOrjjMPGtlRevlrEgq3V_V4HDLnizQpscHhWIP1v_CsEvhJ_n3zhNP9TS3oJSlLkx7ZpUZWof78t&sig=AHIEtbSwiYQODLy5zsVqaEdxLHW7FLjpLg&pli=1

Quality teachers and small classrooms in kindergarten seem to have a big effect on earnings in adulthood even though the effect on test scores quickly fades. This is consistent with the perry preschool findings. These findings are odd.

Careless May 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Why are they odd?

caseynshan May 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

i still think they are missing the big piece of Groupon Economics.. what percentage get bought and unused.. I’m guessing > 30%

Geoff Robinson May 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I thought that Groupon created value by increasing the buying power of consumers through collective bargaining – that’s a loser for merchants all around. This concept is baked into the name. It seems fundamentally different from coupons, which are a retail segmentation tool.

It would be interesting to see a comparison of unions with Groupon. “Groupon membership” seems much more fickle than with unions, and maybe that’s its Achilles heel.

Pandaemoni May 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Speaking of what death means to primates…it seems clear that an understanding of “death” is not instinctive. For example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nn0UkdDArM

Dave May 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

Re: Sudan. Is Abhijit serious? Where is South Sudan going to get the resources for a universal cash grant, a biometric identification capability, and a catostrophic coverage health policy? I thought the motivation behind the question was that South Sudan has very little resources, so what should they do to obtain more? But apparently resources grow on trees.

Mulberry May 13, 2011 at 6:33 am

It seems fundamentally different from coupons, which are a retail segmentation tool.This is consistent with the perry preschool findings.

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