1. “The style of play is a key factor in the home advantage. Teams that make more two point and free-throw shots see larger advantages at home. Given the rise in three-point shooting in recent years, this finding partially explains the gradual decline in home advantage observed across the league over time.” Link here.
3. Tiebout Twitter.
4. “A giant tortoise has been reunited with his owner after the “world’s slowest police chase”.” Left- or right-wing link?
5. Javier Marías remains “old school.” (NYT)
4. Marxism and Progress Studies. A thread.
5. Forthcoming: “Towards an Economics of Natural Equals: A Documentary History of the Early Virginia School,” by David M. Levy and Sandra Peart.
6. Zeke Emanuel: Democrats should focus on health care affordability (NYT).
7. Regulatory reform in Ohio (WSJ).
4. Building iPhones in Vietnam? (NYT)
4. “This country does not rest on socialism and secularism. It rests on a bedrock of Jewish identity that has a lot to do with people who came here from Baghdad, Aleppo and Casablanca, and understand things that are deeply important about being Jewish in the Middle East and the Arab world.” Link here.
6. “Thanks to Hewlett and a few other people like him, I calculate that about 3% of billionaire philanthropy goes to climate change, compared to 0.01% of the federal budget.” Or try this: “…the government recently admitted that its California high-speed rail project was going to be $40 billion over budget (it may also never get built). The cost overruns alone on a single government project equal four years of all the charity spending by all the billionaires in the country.”
5. “When thinking about whether new generations can or cannot afford housing keep in mind that the currently existing stock of houses will all be sold to a new generation.” — That’s Alex T. on Twitter!
4. MbS plans for Neom, the new Saudi city. Here is the full WSJ piece, recommended, and this: “Building Neom will require money Saudi Arabia doesn’t have. The country has recently run budget deficits, and MBS has committed to bets like a $45 billion investment in a Softbank Group Corp. fund. The kingdom has used money borrowed from abroad to fund Neom’s first stages, according to people familiar with the matter.”
6. “In Hong Kong protests, faces become weapons” (NYT). “The police officers wrestled with Colin Cheung in an unmarked car. They needed his face.
They grabbed his jaw to force his head in front of his iPhone. They slapped his face. They shouted, “Wake up!” They pried open his eyes. It all failed: Mr. Cheung had disabled his phone’s facial-recognition login with a quick button mash as soon as they grabbed him.”
7. When animals interrupt sports (photo gallery).
2. My BBS comment with Michelle Dawson on social motivation and autism, full set of comments here.
4. Lama’s questions to ask people (“Skip the small talk”).
5. “Privatization of public goods can cause population decline“: but it’s about microbials.
6. More Magnus.
7. Many academics give advice to their younger selves — many sad, pathetic and whiny, self-pitying answers, really an indictment of sorts. Why did so few of the respondents say: “I had one of the most remarkable guaranteed jobs in history, and I used it somewhat to help the world, but I wish I had used it so much more”?
1. Health care and Medicaid effectiveness: “We find a 0.13 percentage point decline in annual mortality,
a 9.3 percent reduction over the sample mean, associated with Medicaid expansion for this population. The effect is driven by a reduction in disease-related deaths and grows over time…”
6. Apple disruption.
1. The culture that is West Palm Beach: “The loop of “Baby Shark” and “Raining Tacos” is a temporary fix to keep homeless people off the patio.”
6. “We are granting early access to our India local data series: 500k villages, 8000 towns, 4000 constituencies. 25 years of admin data on firms, public goods, consumption, labor, elections, demographics, forest cover, etc.. All hyperlocal.” Link here.