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1. The Danish film Another Round is perhaps the best film ever made about alcohol. It is also a movie about Denmark. Reviews are quite positive, but it is poorly understood by the critics.
3. Goethe in China. Supposedly Xi as a teenager read Faust multiple times and knows it by heart.
5. China proposed markets in everything; as I like to say, the best argument for “Woke” is to read the MR comments section. And since it constitutes a strong argument for a proposition (whether you agree with the view or not), that makes it a very very good comments section.
4. Jason Furman speaks truth on “overheating labor markets,” though in my view it goes much further than that. The evidence on this one really is not there, and that has been well-known for decades. Wages are at best moderately pro-cyclical (and that’s not even getting into causality), and for decades Keynesians were trying to argue they are not pro-cyclical at all. Except now.
5. Do the “Big Five” personality traits predict SES? And how much should that matter?
4. Claims about housing. And Samuel Hughes and Ben Southwood on very localized zoning — “strong suburbs.”
5. MIE?: Corporate tax futures.
6. Are universities really somewhat right-wing/centrist? (Teen Vogue)
1. “There are about 465,000 open positions in cybersecurity nationwide as of May 2021, according to Cyber Seek — a tech job-tracking database from the U.S. Commerce Department — and the trade group CompTIA” Link here, though if you bring up skills mismatch you still get shouted down these days.
2. One-minute Covid breath test approved in Singapore (Bloomberg). And my early April Covid predictions.
7. Yuan Longping, RIP (NYT).
8. Famous musicians pick their favorite Bob Dylan songs. Would mine be “Highway 61”? “Mr. Tambourine Man”? “Tangled Up in Blue”? “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”? Too many choices. Bob is today 80 years old. The most overrated is perhaps “Desolation Row”, with its pretentious lyrics?
4. Fear the fungi. Their computational powers may be stronger than you think.
4. Will the Mormon moderation persist? Good piece.
5. New issue of Works in Progress, recommended.
7. “In Canada, it’s possible to find a man lounging on a chesterfield in his rented bachelor wearing only his gotchies while fortifying his Molson muscle with a jambuster washed down with slugs from a stubby.” (Obituary, NYT)
2. For all the mockery, we are almost at Dow 36,000.
4. “Using event study analysis of recent minimum wage increases, we ﬁnd that these changes do not aﬀect the likelihood of searching, but do lead to large yet very transitory spikes in search eﬀort by individuals already looking for work.” Link here.
2. Why the EU fails repeatedly (NYT).
3. “Although the most inexperienced quartile of borrowers underestimate their likelihood of future borrowing, the more experienced three quartiles predict correctly on average. This finding contrasts sharply with priors we elicited from 103 payday lending and behavioral economics experts, who believed that the average borrower would be highly overoptimistic about getting out of debt.” Link here.
1. Economics, as taught at U Mass Amherst, does not make U Mass Amherst undergraduates more selfish. Good paper, but incorrectly framed. And which topics do then make them more selfish? Any?
6. “Drilling companies rarely recommend dowsers to their clients, but the practice is common nonetheless.” Starts slow, but interesting.
4. Markets in everything: out of order watches.
7. The education freedom program — should students have the right to take a class at any university whatsoever?