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Friday assorted links

Thursday assorted links

1. If he had titled thisWe have come to bury Ayn Rand,” he might have had a point.

2. Poor Chinese marketing.

3. “Alabama school district, once home to infamous Tuskegee study, nears full COVID vaccination level.

4. UK competition authority concerned about “supply of GIFs.”  (You can’t make this stuff up, and yes Ayn Rand remains relevant.)

5. New Zealand nonetheless is facing a hospital crisis (see parenthetical remark on #4).

6. Response to Newell, Prest, and Sexton on the temperature-gdp paper.  I think the critique scores some good points against the authors, but it does not dissuade me from their fundamental conclusion that the current literature does not have a coherent answer to the key question about costs.

7. Forthcoming Congressional approaches to the next pandemic.

Wednesday assorted links

1. Thomas Meaney on Singapore.  Good, interesting long read from LRB.

2. What is the ideological news slant of your Twitter account? (mine was 57% left-wing, 34% right-wing, not too many centrists, at least by their measures, maybe I prefer “the kooks”).  I don’t wish to embarrass anyone in particular, but some of the ideological bubbles you can find with this are…just remarkable.

3. Why it is important to translocate rhinos upside down.

4. Ten economists address overheating, my view is closest to that of Jason Furman (NYT).

5. Are the economics of tennis broken? (Bloomberg)

6. Update on the Swedish pandemic experience.

7. Ross Douthat on decadence and the intellectuals.

Monday assorted links

1. “Our estimation shows that wildfire damages in 2018 totalled $148.5 (126.1–192.9) billion (roughly 1.5% of California’s annual gross domestic product), with $27.7 billion (19%) in capital losses, $32.2 billion (22%) in health costs and $88.6 billion (59%) in indirect losses (all values in US$).”  Link here.

2. More on the who is Satoshi debate.

3. “… the presence of immigrant students has a positive effect on the academic achievement of US-born students, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Moreover, the presence of immigrants does not affect negatively the performance of affluent US-born students, who typically show a higher academic achievement compared to immigrant students.”  Link here.

4. “We find that elderly suicide rate decreases by 8.7% during the Chinese Lunar New Year.

5. Hitler’s parents.

Saturday assorted links

1. DNIonUFOs.

2. Florida bans pythons: ““People have literally spent millions and even moved to Florida from out of state, built cages and started businesses, and now they have to get rid of everything,” said Brian Love, a founding member of the group’s state chapter.”

3. Maps of the names of Donald Duck’s brothers in different countries.

4. “In Germany, there’s a very great reluctance to countenance imposing affirmative harm on people in trade-off situations,” Dr. Persad said. “It’s a very strong emphasis on not causing harm, even if you allow much more harm through inaction.”  (NYT link)

5. Can North and South Korea construct a shared dictionary?

Thursday assorted links

Tuesday assorted links

1. The new macroeconomic thinking, some of it is good, note that about half of it runs counter to long established empirical truths that never have been overturned (as always, so much faith in that Lucas supply curve!).

2. April 3rd is Callard on Pessoa on Interintellect, Pessoa being a favorite thinker of mine.

3. Stephen Bechtel has passed away (NYT).

4. Disulfiram against Covid?

5. Seller reputation and price gouging.

6. Is it time for a new World’s Fair?

Monday assorted links

1. The uses of “deepfake” videos are not always what you think.  More here from the NYT.

2. Does spending money on your pets promote your happiness?  Their happiness?

3. A guide to NFTs.

4. The European Union just doesn’t love privacy as much as it claims to.

5. A soul’s view of the optimal population problem.

6. “In what we call the Big Push region, the impact of idiosyncratic distortions is over three times larger than in models without such complementarity. This amplification enables our model to nearly fully account for the income gap between India and the US without coordination failures playing a role.”  Link here.

Friday assorted links