Assorted links by Tyler Cowen October 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm in 1. Luigi Zingales on the decline of meritocracy. 2. Blog on cocktail party economics. 3. Merkel calls for a minimum wage, and how the German post office is restructuring, and Italy is not multiple equilibria. 4. How the really desperate buy their automobiles, excellent story. 5. Hackers vs. Mexican drug cartel, who will win?