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17 сентября, 23:14

A Technology Story in Three Headlines

From 2013, The Washington Post Has 640 Journalists — Here’s How Many It Can Actually Afford: Answer 500. The Washington Post’s robot reporter has published 850 articles in the past year. ‘Profitable’ Washington Post adding more than five dozen journalists (to over 750). The post A Technology Story in Three Headlines appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 сентября, 20:24

Sunday assorted links

1. New Hampshire income and addiction. 2. Why are Humpback whales organizing in such large numbers? 3. Washington Post’s robot reporter published 850 articles last year. 4. Godzilla director rents out London home with murals of dictators. 5. Chinese village makes giant QR code from trees. 6. Will a single crime revolutionize Iceland? The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

17 сентября, 14:43

A City on the Hill

The Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria has built its own private city. A 25-megawatt power plant with gas piped in from the Nigerian capital serves the 5,000 private homes on site, 500 of them built by the church’s construction company. New housing estates are springing up every few months where thick palm forests grew just […] The post A City on the Hill appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 сентября, 09:33

Why men are not earning more

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“And it all starts at age 25,” Mr. Guvenen said. The decline in lifetime earnings is largely a result of lower incomes at younger ages rather than at older ages, he said, and “that was very surprising to us.” Most younger men ended up with less because they started out earning less than their counterparts […] The post Why men are not earning more appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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17 сентября, 07:03

Peer review is younger than you think

Via Ben Schmidt, the term becomes common only in the 1970s: I’d like to see a detailed look at actual journal practices, but my personal sense is that editorial review was the norm until fairly recently, not review by a team of outside referees.  In 1956, for instance, the American Historical Review asked for only […] The post Peer review is younger than you think appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16 сентября, 21:32

Why do Swedes support their far-right parties?

This is from a job market paper at Stockholm University, by Sirus Dehdari: This paper studies the effects of economic distress on support for far-right parties. Using Swedish election data, I show that shocks to unemployment risk among unskilled native-born workers account for 5 to 7 percent of the increased vote share for the Swedish […] The post Why do Swedes support their far-right parties? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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16 сентября, 18:21

There is a hot hand after all

This paper, “The Hot-Hand Fallacy: Cognitive Mistakes or Equilibrium Adjustments? Evidence from Major League Baseball,” delivers on both the theory and the empirics: We test for a “hot hand” (i.e., short-term predictability in performance) in Major League Baseball using panel data. We find strong evidence for its existence in all 10 statistical categories we consider. […] The post There is a hot hand after all appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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16 сентября, 08:26

Saturday assorted links

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1. Should Amish use smart phones? (NYT) 2. Versatile people are more likely to be self-employed. 3. Is giving money to poor people now considered morally questionable? 4. The long death of Product 19. 5. The Ig Noble economics prize goes to a study of the effect of saltwater-crocodiles on problem gamblers. The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16 сентября, 07:28

I find it remarkable that cement is exported at all

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of cement during 2016: China: US$692.4 million (7.6% of total cement exports) Thailand: $612.2 million (6.8%) United Arab Emirates: $544.4 million (6%) Turkey: $494.8 million (5.5%) Germany: $486.3 million (5.4%) Spain: $477.3 million (5.3%) Vietnam: $403 million (4.4%) Japan: $391.3 million (4.3%) Canada: […] The post I find it remarkable that cement is exported at all appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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15 сентября, 20:33

Food stamps and crime

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We find that staggering SNAP benefits throughout the month leads to a 32 percent decrease in grocery store theft and reduces monthly cyclicity in grocery store crimes. That is by Jillian B. Carr and Analisa Packham (pdf), via Alexander Berger. The post Food stamps and crime appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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15 сентября, 18:20

Friday assorted links

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1. What makes people dislike their doctors. 2.  Kevin Hassett is now confirmed, and Richard Burkhauser is named as the third CEA member (WSJ), Tomas Philipson is the other. 3. 6 free cop dating sites. 4. New Hampshire was the highest earning state in 2016. 5. The new economy of excrement. 6. Stephon Marbury in […] The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

15 сентября, 15:12

Is the great wage stagnation over?

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Possibly so, though some more good years would be nice, to say the least.  To some extent this could be noise, or delayed catch-up growth.  Still, there seems to be a break in the previous trend: In 2015, median household incomes rose by 5.2 percent. That was the fastest surge in percentage terms since the […] The post Is the great wage stagnation over? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.