3. The new cultural debate that is France. France is pretty conservative.
4. Have individuals become more inattentive to prices over time? Data from TV game shows.
2. Japanese ninja student gets top marks for writing essay in invisible ink. “Eimi Haga followed the ninja technique of “aburidashi”, spending hours soaking and crushing soybeans to make the ink. The words appeared when her professor heated the paper over his gas stove.”
3. The California power outage and labs. How are those cadavers doing?
5. Haiti update (New Yorker).
3. How to conclude an agreement with the EU, recommended.
6. The U.S. tax system is progressive (Bloomberg).
4. Veronique on Trump and trade (NYT).
6. “Greenland went from a fertility rate of 7 children per woman to a fertility rate of 2.3 children per woman in *eight years*.” Link here.
1. “Throughout the first half of the 19th century, male students studying at Southern universities regularly mistreated, beat and raped the enslaved men, women and children who catered to their everyday needs…”
5. “The distrust persists even half a century after the [Great Chinese] Famine, has been transmitted to the subsequent generation, and has spilled over to a broad range of political attitudes unrelated to the Famine.” Link here.
6. Interview with Amartya Sen. He can’t bring himself to admit that Modi is fairly popular.
1. Knur and Spell: the creative destruction of bygone sports.
6. China announced fact of the day: “China’s Ministry of Education announced that the country has built the world’s largest higher education system with the gross enrollment ratio in higher education rising to 48.1 percent from 0.26 percent in 1949.”
2. “It’s possible that in the long run, then, we face a choice: Fixed money supply. Proof of work. Adequate security. Pick two (at most). How Bitcoin addresses this trilemma will be fascinating to watch. If not in 2020, then at some point.” Link here.
4. Tools for transformative thought, by Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen. A better way of learning?
1. “Cheap books make authors canonical.” From a new study of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas.
2. “Wealth taxes: a future battleground” — my 2013 NYT column. Recommended.
3. “In contrast to most modeled price paths, EZ-Climate suggests a high [carbon] price today that is expected to decline over time as the “insurance” value of mitigation declines and technological change makes emissions cuts cheaper.”
1. Felt anger in the previous day. A national ranking.
2. Which Medicare innovations really worked? (NYT)
5. Black women in economics (NYT).