6. Seeking to abolish the family? Crazy and and maybe evil too, but interesting.
2. Profile of Zucman and Saez (NYT).
3. How the internet is changing chess (and by extension everything).
4. Dog surveillance.
5. De-convexifying the hotel checkout time (NYT). Small steps toward a much better world…
2. Additional results on migration and wages (The Economist).
4. The relentless bid? (from 2014)
4. When did “Big Hair” peak? The data.
6. U.S. higher education has a foreign money problem (my Bloomberg column).
4. “…the power costs less to generate in India than the cheapest competing fossil fuel—coal—even with subsidies removed and the cost of construction and financing figured in, according to the Indian government and industry trackers.” (WSJ)
3. Zambia had a space program in the 1960s (New Yorker).
4. Davos markets in everything in Trump’s DNA (speculative).
2. The Body Shop: “And there’s only three questions to get a job. It’s, ‘Are you authorized to work in the U.S.? Can you stand for up to eight hours? And can you lift over 50 pounds?’”
3. Here is a new NIMBY song, a kind of anti-recommended. The tree song, people are calling in on Twitter. A reflection of our time?
4. Elizabeth Bruenig on epilepsy (NYT).
4. Bringing actual innovation to real estate markets (The Economist).
2. “We show that in religious cultural contexts, religious people lived 2.2 years longer than did nonreligious people. In nonreligious cultural contexts, however, religiosity conferred no such longevity benefits.” The data are taken from tombstone inscriptions.
4. The economics of maps, interesting piece, worthy of its own link but difficult to excerpt from.
2. Justin Fox on the economics of textbooks. Greg Mankiw comments. I think OER [open educational resources] will do better, and is already doing better, than Greg suggests. A lot of “OER” is simply a mix of unmeasured uses of Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube, rather than a formal non-profit outcompeting the for-profit suppliers on their own terms. I do agree with Greg that “In any event, it is not a good time to be entering the market with a new textbook.”
1. Jordan Peterson update. Speculative?
2. Cancel culture comes to France (WSJ).
1. Does the quality of blog comments deteriorate? (MR post from 2008)
4. Africa has 1.2 billion people and only six labs that can test for coronavirus. And “We find that expansions of transportation networks have significant health costs in increasing the spread of viruses, and that propagation rates are pro-cyclically sensitive to economic conditions and increase with inter-regional trade.”
4. David Wolpe remembers Kirk Douglas (NYT, do see “Paths of Glory” if you never have).