Assorted links

by on October 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Three frank questions about your research.

2. NYU Stern School now has some class macro materials on-line, and some short Jeff Ely videos on microeconomics.

3. The backlash against foodies, and the Swiss are at the Ricardian margin with cows.  No SMS in Romansch?  But is it art?

4. The new approach of Jeffrey Sachs and the UN to sustainable development.

5. Pakistan in the past, with photos.

6. My earlier post on how to improve the Presidential debates.

Mark Thorson October 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

The anti-foodie article was okay, but I enjoyed this one more.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/02/oregon-farmer-eaten-by-pigs

anonymous... October 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

No connection with foodies there, though.

Try this one from 2011:
The Moral Crusade Against Foodies

RPLong October 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

#5 – what might have been. :( So much potential on so many levels in both Pakistan and Bangladesh, waiting to be unlocked.

dcdrone October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

LOL-yeah, a state founded on religious chauvinism, a state that has ruthlessly cleansed its minorities, a state that illegally occupies half of Kashmir, a state of in-bred fools-has tons of “potentail.”
Pakistan delenda est.

Rahul October 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Don’t confuse the people with the Regime.

dcdrone October 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

The people are *worse* than the regime! At least the regime has a few Britain-returned whiskey drinkers . . . .

Ray Lopez October 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

True. Pakistan with 17x more people than Greece has a smaller GDP (nominal) and about the same as greater Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It also has nuclear weapons. Upper Volga with weapons. They say you reap what you sow… a Kalashnikov culture.

DELENDA EST October 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

Did anyone notice the circumcision check in one of the photos in #5

magilson October 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

#6 – Perhaps it’s an age thing. But I was disappointed no one mentioned introducing the act of being “slimed” (as in Nickelodeon) to the debates.

Turing Test October 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

#6 the presidential “debates” are a complete bore and waste of time — more like “dueling press conferences” than “debates” — plus, the debate “moderators” are usually quite dull and full of themselves (more so than the candidates are)

Andrew Marcum October 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

#4 How is this “new” program any different from what Sachs has been doing for years? Per Sachs’s usual treatment of development, the new plan calls for “new ways of decision making with more expertise at the table” and solutions need to be “innovative and technological based.” What am I missing about the novelty of this plan? Sachs has done similar things in the past and there are dozens of other development organizations doing the same currently.

Forget about functioning institutions, developing property rights, etc., Sachs and his team of “experts” will use technology to ensure sustainable development in the underdeveloped world. Yeah right.

TrollsWillTroll October 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Jacob AG October 3, 2012 at 3:47 am

It sounds like Sachs is just describing the internet. It’s sort of odd. Either that or like, an uber-think-tank, or super-website.

Sachs’ new idea is a “network” that will be “…the go-to place for… providing organized information on technological topics such as energy or agriculture… [which] will also respond to requests from cities and governments for help in thinking about how they can be more resilient and sustainable… [and] will help organize a more intensive flow of information, and thoughtful and integrated responses… the network will have helped bring about high-capacity, high-quality thinking within the participating universities… research and teaching would be strengthened as a result [of having been "part of the network"]… [with] a light-touch core operation that will comprise a worldwide secretariat… [and] a decentralized funding effort.”

So, like, Ted Turner and Paul Collier will be lead one of ten working groups cranking top-notch “information about technical topics” out of this techno-info-network core, in which governments and universities and others will participate so they can all answer hard questions about things like “green transport or waste management.”

…so it’s the internet.

Barkley Rosser October 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Regarding the anti-foodie complaint about overly fancy and politically correct names for items on menus, it was long a major part of education at the top-ranked Cornell Statler School of Hotel and Restaurant Management to train their students to write the fanciest and most incomprehensible names for the most humble of dishes. I remember well a manifestation of the same syndrome at a top-ranked French restaurant in London 45 years ago where all the items were in elegant and lengthy French, but one could hear waiters hollering into the kitchen, “Need another order of beans!”

Rahul October 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

What really annoys me is when the menu insists on educating me about geographical origins of ingredients.

With a liberal smattering of “organically grown”, “gluten free”, “locally produced”, “fair-trade”, “family owned” etc.

Komori October 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

Gluten-free is a valid allergen label. People with Celiac disease would not be eating at restaurants that don’t include such information (if it isn’t specifically marked as such, you pretty much have to assume it isn’t gluten-free; you’d be amazed what kinds of recipes end up with flour in them), so there’s a business case for it as well.

Mark October 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

#1 I learned this as “What is it?”, “Is it so?”, and “So what?”, switching the article’s questions 2 and 3. What’s nice about it is that each question ends with the word(s) to start the next question.

Nancy Lebovitz October 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Any thoughts about the market for snark?

It seems to me that any enthusiasm evokes people to explain why that enthusiasm is just awful.

Jason Haines October 3, 2012 at 2:30 am

3. Whilst Romansch is an official language of Switzerland, in practice it is rare to see it used nationally. All Romansch speakers will speak at least one other national language and it would be too hard and costly to find Romansch translators. English is a popular ‘fourth language’ choice for companies.

Jacob AG October 3, 2012 at 3:54 am

How to improve the presidential debates: require each candidate to state the strongest possible argument in favor of the other’s argument on three important issues.

Careless October 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

Re cows: I guess what I found most surprising is that a single… dose of bull semen costs a dairy farmer $320

Hasdrubal October 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

The heat-o-mometer has 90% accuracy? That’s pretty horrible, you’re going to have false positives All The Time. Swiss herders might not have a problem with only 40ish cattle, but American farmers with hundreds or thousands of cattle? They have to get a lot better than that.

Enrique October 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I read the paper in link #1 — while Klein’s topic is interesting, his empirical analysis of the 2004 JET papers is totally arbitrary and artificial — especially the sequential ordering of his three question — worse yes, his paper reveals more about his own subjective aesthetic preferences instead of providing a testable or economic analysis of theories versus models

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