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12 декабря, 05:24

Paul Romer marries and wins Nobel Prize on the same day

Yup (NYT).  The story is interesting too: “By reintroducing Mr. Romer to Ms. Weber, who was now unattached, Mr. Marron gave him more than just another gift.” The post Paul Romer marries and wins Nobel Prize on the same day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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11 декабря, 22:36

Sorry people, but I will always be an independent…

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Senate Democrats are pushing back against attempts to pass a compromise bill in the lame-duck session that could speed the introduction of driverless cars onto U.S. roadways, saying it lacks safeguards that would protect drivers. Link here, and I’m sure you know the House Democrats don’t want to pass the new NAFTA. Elsewhere, in Chicago, […] The post Sorry people, but I will always be an independent… appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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11 декабря, 19:58

Tuesday assorted links

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1. Alex Zook tweet storm review of Stubborn Attachments.  Opener: “longterm-ism can be founded on many grounds, ranging from compounding economic growth to physics to intuitions about how to treat future generations. this felt *very* natural to me, and held stronger ground than typical moral philosophy arguments grounded in toy worlds”  And another review.  And […] The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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11 декабря, 15:29

Fewer, Bigger Entrepreneurs Explains Rising Inequality

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Why has wealth inequality increased in the United States? A lot of semi-plausible but vague theories have been offered–changes in the tax code, the diminished role of unions and so forth–but there are surprisingly few fully-specified models. In an important paper, Mohsen Mohaghegh (on the job market) has a new answer. Wealth inequality has risen […] The post Fewer, Bigger Entrepreneurs Explains Rising Inequality appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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11 декабря, 09:29

Cohort effects and life expectancy and many other facts about the history of American medicine

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The cohort reaching age 55 around 1982 (born around 1927) has significantly higher mortality than the cohort 10 years younger. That higher mortality continues through the cohort passing through that age range in the mid-1990s, roughly, when the cohort born in 1933 reaches age 65. That same cohort also has higher mortality when they are […] The post Cohort effects and life expectancy and many other facts about the history of American medicine appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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11 декабря, 08:01

Don’t arrest Chinese CFOs and CEOs

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That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is just one short excerpt: In the longer run, bringing charges against Meng is likely to accelerate the division of the world into two competing systems of law, technology and commerce — namely those of China and the U.S. That will encourage international relations to […] The post Don’t arrest Chinese CFOs and CEOs appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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10 декабря, 20:55

Monday assorted links

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1. Data on the growing on-line popularity of chess. 2. Econ envy?  Observations from psychology. 3. New David Zetland book on water economics. 4. Scott Sumner on Chinese IP theft. 5. New Thomas Nagel paper on the nature of moral progress (pdf). 6. Buterin tweetstorm on the non-financial applications of blockchains. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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10 декабря, 15:13

The Cryptoeconomics Lab at Ivey

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Ivey Business School at Western University (London Ontario, Canada) is looking for a Post doctoral Research Fellow to join our newly established CryptoEconomics Lab: http://cryptoeconomics-lab.com The focus of the position is on conducting foundational research in the emerging discipline of cryptoeconomics, which examines the protocols and incentives that govern the production, distribution, and consumption of digital […] The post The Cryptoeconomics Lab at Ivey appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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10 декабря, 10:30

Best movies of 2018

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In the order I saw them: Annihilation A Quiet Place Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Three Identical Strangers Crazy Rich Asians Widows Free Solo Roma You will find my reviews behind those three links.  Overall, you could take this year and multiply it by 2x, and still have the worst year for movies in my […] The post Best movies of 2018 appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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10 декабря, 08:10

Tom Lehrer, man ahead of his time

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Ever since I was a young teenager I loved Tom Lehrer (thanks to Ken Regan, by the way), and I thought I would re-listen to some fresh.  I tried the Copenhagen concert, a good overview of his work and with good visuals.  I was struck by the following: 1. Lehrer represented the IDW of his […] The post Tom Lehrer, man ahead of his time appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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09 декабря, 21:14

Sunday assorted links

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1. Buju Banton returns to Jamaica, released from prison. 2. China thread.  How China does and does not want to change the rules. 3. How and why Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are becoming less violent (The Economist). 4. It seems there are atheists in foxholes. 5. Does adult guardianship differ from slavery? (NYT)  Currently […] The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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09 декабря, 15:25

Increases in Inequality Have Been Overestimated

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Stephen Rose of the Urban Institute (not exactly a right-wing or libertarian think tank) compares recent studies measuring changes in inequality and finds that although inequality has increased the Piketty and Saez (2003) results, which generated a tremendous amount of discussion and research, are very likely over-stated. The results from at least four studies were […] The post Increases in Inequality Have Been Overestimated appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.