assorted links

Friday assorted links

1. The French may be moving back toward nuclear power.

2. “In fact, it is the least selective schools that are driving the national gender gap in bachelor’s degrees. For example, at for-profit colleges, most of which have very low admissions standards, 63 percent of students are female.”  Link here.

3. “…students at Oxford University are to replace clapping at student union events with “silent jazz hands” amid fears that applause could trigger anxiety.”  Link here.

4. David Brooks calls for 20-30 percent tipping (30 percent for smaller bills, say below $25, NYT).

5. Predict science to improve science, by Stefano DellaVigna, Devin Pope, and Eva Vivalt.  And here is a beta version of the associated “predict social science” website.

6. Who deserves the Nobel for China’s economic development?

7. Charles Barkley opines.

Thursday assorted links

1. Photomicography competition.

2. Even in Atlas Shrugged, this would not be a believable scene.

3. “It took Tesla just 168 working days to go from permits to a finished [Shanghai] plant.” (Bloomberg)

4. “Pakistan has been acknowledged by the World Bank among the top 20 global reformers this year. Pakistan is expected to improve its [Doing Business] ranking by 25 places in the report to be launched on Oct 24…”  Link here.

5. Roots of Indian economic reforms.

6. The title should be “Pedestrians are getting worse.”

Tuesday assorted links

1. The new left-wing critique of Facebook (and I predict it will stick, even if not always articulated as such).

2. How the internet is changing Russia’s most isolated major city (NYT).

3. Claims about Fortnite.  And transcript of my Elucidations philosophy podcast with Matt Teichman.

4. A rising expectations theory of the Chilean protests: ““Piñera’s government has always been preoccupied with reducing poverty, and has also designed policies that help the rich, so the middle class feels abandoned,” he said. “The middle class has been growing in Chile, but with a slowing economy, they feel like they were offered a path to the promised land and were never really let in.””

5. Ross Douthat on Watership Down (NYT).  And you can pre-order the new forthcoming Ross Douthat book The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.

6. Republican control of state governments has not stopped the growth of government at the state level (median voter theorem still underrated).

Monday assorted links

1. Drone deliveries start in Virginia town.

2. “All the US politicians and pundits and social media virtue signalers who are quick to windbag opine on Hong Kong protests are quiet on Chile and Barcelona this week where brutal rioters are destroying their cities and police are aggressively cracking down.” That is from Sameer Chisty.  Not exactly how I would frame it, but a perspective worth hearing.

3. Sweet beverage taxes had no impact in three of the four major American cities studied.

4. Particulate matter has been rising in the U.S. since 2016 and that is bad.

5. New Kleiner and Soltas results on occupational licensing.  As a side note, if you think quantity restrictions on labor entry are so bad, are you also committed to thinking the dual of price restrictions — minimum wages — must fail too?  If not, what is the exact difference between those two cases?

Sunday assorted links

Monday assorted links

1. Portuguese political path dependence.

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. New part of Tale of Genji found.

4. An ecologist on tree thinning and wildfires.

5. Why was Nepal never colonized?

6. Young people who are convinced they should give away all of their inherited wealth.