3. “…different types of metal fans exhibit different moral reasoning styles dependent on their metal sub-genre identification. Further, it was found that moral reasoning styles explain a portion of the variance in lyrical preferences that weren’t already explained by personality traits.”
2. “We use multiple methods – difference-in-difference (DID) model as well as synthetic control methodology – to show that marijuana and cigarettes are complements and legalizing recreational marijuana is associated with an increase in cigarette consumption by about 4-7%.”
3. MIE: meat cleaver massage.
4. “The Central Social Institution in Prague was home to the world’s largest vertical file cabinet. It consists of 3,000 drawers, 10 feet high, reaching from floor to ceiling and covering approximately 4,000 square feet.”
1. The 2018 Danish movie The Guilty is excellent start to finish.
2. Apps lower women’s dating standards. [this one a joke it turns out]
2. Joseph Ferraro does a podcast with me, his core theme is how to get one percent better every day. Much of this one is on my interviewing philosophy. With the passing of Terry Jones, it is worth noting that the single biggest influence on my interviewing philosophy probably is Monty Python. Whenever they would start a skit with an interview set up, and two people in chairs, I felt something especially good was coming up (try “Miss Anne Elk”). What a delicious sensation! Thus it seemed to me that an interview should grab the attention of the listener/viewer right away. My friend Noam understands quite well how rooted a good podcast (including CWT) is in entertainment, no matter what the ostensible topic may be.
3. Coronavirus data?
5. Bryan Caplan on austerity for education, a response to me. I say the actual equilibrium of price controls for higher education is that public spending does not make up the gap, and you end up with something like the German system. I don’t favor this, to be clear, but there is much less higher ed signaling in Germany than the United States, even though the German system is very close to nominally free for students.
1. New Sam Peltzman paper about people moving to the political right as they age: “The change in mean Libcon from early adulthood (25) to old age (80) is substantial (over. 20 on the -1, 1 scale), and around half of this occurs after age 45.
5. Malaysian 3-year-old joins Mensa (NYT).
1. Megan McArdle on Elizabeth Warren, recommended.
3. “The church wants to attract more young families. The present members, most of them over 60 years old, will be invited to worship somewhere else. A memo recommends that they stay away for two years, then consult the pastor about reapplying.” Link here. Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
2. “‘Royal Peter’ for hire in China: As Prince Harry flies to Canada to earn millions, the Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips is revealed to be trading on his royal status by advertising milk on TV.”
3. Daniel Drezner on the China deal (among other things, a response to my China trade war column).
5. What can social scientists learn from surveillance camera footage? Should they be allowed to?
3. Are investors confusing bitcoin and blockchain? Or is that confusion possibly not wrong?
5. N.K. Jemisin profile (New Yorker).
1. On the history of Prohibition (NYT).
2. In contrast, I say museum dates are good (though brutally enforcing a separating equilibrium).
5. “Many Amish are moving north, leaving their historic districts in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana for relatively cheap farmland in the deindustrializing Rust Belt and the prairie out west. This means they are farming colder, rockier ground and need plows that are stronger and more pliable. At the same time, different Amish communities have different sorts of religious proscriptions—some reject rubber wheels, for example, while others embrace them—so Pioneer offers roughly 90 different options.” Link here (WSJ), from the new Adam Davidson book.
6. That was then, this is now, from a co-founder of Occupy Wall Street: “Rejecting Davos is easy when one hasn’t been invited. Now that I have a chance to go, I want to discover its revolutionary potential.” (Not from The Onion.)
3. Some guy’s blog, covers manufacturing and trade (Conrad Bastable).
6. Is there a great stagnation in emerging economies as well? (The Economist)
2. “According to Novokmet, Piketty & Zucman, the UK’s “per adult national income (€ PPP)” was just ahead of Russia’s in 1980” — No further comment from me.
1. Residential home services: “Our results show that more stringent licensing regulations are associated with less competition and higher prices but not with any improvement in customer satisfaction as measured by review ratings or the propensity to use the platform again.”
1. The most checked out books of all time from the New York Public Library. #1 is The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.
2. Why gaming is outperforming TV, recommended.
3. Flying has become much cheaper over the last five years (sometimes trotted out as a case of “monopoly,” because the number of major carriers went down).
7. Randian response to Greta, over the top, not recommended.