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27 июня, 21:27

Algeria America fact of the day

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Perhaps surprisingly, [U.S.] immigrants from Algeria have higher educational attainment than those from Israel or Japan. That is from a new paper by Ed Lazear.  More theoretically, there is this: …average immigrant attainment is inversely related to the number admitted from a source country and positively related to the population of that source country. Worth […] The post Algeria America fact of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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27 июня, 20:34

*The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone*

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An excellent book by Brian Merchant.  Two neat things I learned that I hadn’t known before.  First, when you are typing the software guesses which letters might be coming next and gives you extra latitude in hitting those keys.  (I believe this oddly makes the QWERTY keyboard efficient once again, also.)  Second, there are non-disclosure […] The post *The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone* appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

27 июня, 18:22

Tuesday assorted links

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1. Interview with me in French, on complacency. 2. Canada, bees, honey. 3. Current famine in Africa could be the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. 4. “Last year, expenditures on chemical plants alone accounted for half of all capital investment in U.S. manufacturing, up from less than 20% in 2009…” (WSJ) 5. Girardian […] The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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27 июня, 10:09

*Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America*

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That is a forthcoming volume edited by Cass Sunstein.  The contributors include Cass, myself, Timur Kuran, Duncan Watts, Martha Minow, Bruce Ackerman, Jack Goldsmith, Geoffrey Stone, and Noah Feldman, among others.  Self-recommending, if anything ever was… My essay, by the way, says no, it cannot happen here.  Counterintuitively, American government is too bureaucratized and too […] The post *Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America* appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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27 июня, 07:32

Shenyang notes

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You don’t see many luxury goods shops, as the region has been deindustrializing since the 1990s.  There are modernist 1920s cement buildings scattered in some of the old central parts of the city, but nowhere is it attractive.  There is a nine-hour Chinese movie about the city falling on hard economic times, with its three […] The post Shenyang notes appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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26 июня, 20:46

Do plants minimize surprise?

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Calvo and Friston came up with this: In this article we account for the way plants respond to salient features of their environment under the free-energy principle for biological systems. Biological self-organization amounts to the minimization of surprise over time. We posit that any self-organizing system must embody a generative model whose predictions ensure that […] The post Do plants minimize surprise? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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26 июня, 19:00

Monday assorted links

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1. New Jersey considering a bill to have schools teach kids how to interact with the police. 2. Does risk-taking make people happier? 3. Uber-like hailable public toilet. 4. New paper on whether we are collecting the right health information. 5. Kangaroos vs. driverless cars. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

26 июня, 18:44

The Seattle Minimum Wage Study

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The Seattle Minimum Wage Study, a study supported and funded in part by the Seattle city government, is out with a new NBER paper evaluating Seattle’s minimum wage increase to $13 an hour and it finds significant dis-employment effects that on net reduce the incomes of minimum wage workers. I farm this one out to […] The post The Seattle Minimum Wage Study appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

26 июня, 14:23

What I’ve Been Watching: Four Indian Movies

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In honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States here are four Indian movies, not movies about India, but Indian movies, that are well worth watching. Most are available on Netflix. Kahaani is a Hindi mystery-thriller starring Vidya Balan as Vidya Bagchi (there is a funny scene involving the pronunciation of Vidya, I wonder if […] The post What I’ve Been Watching: Four Indian Movies appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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26 июня, 07:36

Do Americans spend more money on the health care of the poor than the rich?

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From Twitter I see this statistic: Ratio of mean health care spending in richest quintile to mean health care spending in poorest quintile For the United States, as reported, that ratio is 0.884 for ages 25-64, and for 65 and up the ratio has two varying estimates, from 0.87 to 0.9. If I am understanding […] The post Do Americans spend more money on the health care of the poor than the rich? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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25 июня, 19:56

Sunday assorted links

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1. In one study, young children learn how to deceive in ten days. 2. “A new kind of elevator uses linear motors, similar to those in maglev trains and HyperLoop, to whiz its cabins through shafts, and will be able to move people up, down, left, or right.” Link here. 3. New Chinese movie stars Stephon Marbury […] The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

25 июня, 14:29

Canada’s “Shortage” of Marijuana

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I never imagined that Canadian finance ministers would one day worry about a shortage of marijuana. Welcome to 2017. Bloomberg: The biggest challenge for Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legal recreational marijuana market is a shortage of pot, the finance minister of Canada’s most-populous province says. …Finance ministers were told demand is “quite high” for marijuana already […] The post Canada’s “Shortage” of Marijuana appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.