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24 сентября, 21:17

Monday assorted links

1. California tax revenue is fairly dependent on the area surrounding Palo Alto. 2. Why are wasps less popular than bees? 3. An ode to free trade. 4. Should JP be threatening to sue for defamation? The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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24 сентября, 21:11

F.A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy, by Peter J. Boettke

In the Great Thinkers in Economics series, buy it here.  Here is a related podcast.  This book is the result of Pete thinking about Hayek for now 35 (!) or so years.  There are good criticisms of me on pp.61-65.   The post F.A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy, by Peter J. Boettke appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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24 сентября, 19:53

World War II and African American Socioeconomic Progress

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Here is a job market paper from Andreas Ferrara, University of Warwick: This paper argues that the unprecedented socioeconomic rise of African Americans at mid-century is causally related to the labor shortages induced by WWII. Results from combining novel military and Census data in a difference-in-differences setting show that counties with an average casualty rate […] The post World War II and African American Socioeconomic Progress appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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24 сентября, 14:25

Syverson on Productivity

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The FRB of Richmond has a great interview with Chad Syverson: EF: Some have argued that the productivity slowdown since the mid-2000s is due to mismeasurement issues — that some productivity growth hasn’t been or isn’t being captured. What does your work tell us about that? Syverson: It tells us that the mismeasurement story, while […] The post Syverson on Productivity appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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24 сентября, 08:49

Claims about alcohol

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From Tom McKay at Gizmodo: Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years. The Guardian writes that the report found that roughly three million deaths in 2016 can be attributed to alcohol, […] The post Claims about alcohol appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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24 сентября, 07:03

Congestion pricing is not just slanted toward the elite

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From Luz Lazo at The Washington Post: The average user [of the optional toll lanes] is younger than 45 and has a household income of less than $100,000 a year, according to a new survey. About 60 percent of the frequent users said they have household incomes of less than $100,000, and a similar share […] The post Congestion pricing is not just slanted toward the elite appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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23 сентября, 20:05

Sunday assorted links

1. Do earthquakes make people more religious? 2. Interview with Yan Lianke. 3. Why are books so long right now? (contra common claims about the shortening of attention spans, I would sooner say the variance of attention spans has gone up). 4. Alone with Elizabeth Bishop. 5. “John McDonnell said Labour would set up Public […] The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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23 сентября, 07:39

How to have a good conversation

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Here is an excerpt from Tim Herrra in the NYT, under the title “Three [sic] Tips to Have Better Conversations“: To be a true conversation superstar, try these tips: Be attentive and give eye contact. Make active and engaged expressions. Repeat back what you’ve heard, and follow up with questions. If you notice something you […] The post How to have a good conversation appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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23 сентября, 07:22

Ethiopia fact of the day

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Here is another reason to be optimistic about the country: In Ethiopia, once among Africa’s top five countries for child marriage, the practice has dropped by a third in the past decade, the world’s sharpest decline, says the World Bank. The government wants to eradicate child marriage entirely by 2025. In contrast: Three out of […] The post Ethiopia fact of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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22 сентября, 21:07

The forthcoming Chinese charter city?

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From Bloomberg BusinessWeek: The government intends to ring-fence Port City from Sri Lanka’s legal system to facilitate currency movement and create favorable tax and investment incentives. Harsha de Silva, a state minister who once campaigned against the project but is now one of its most vocal supporters, is involved in drafting the separate legal structure. […] The post The forthcoming Chinese charter city? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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22 сентября, 17:33

Saturday assorted links

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1. “Using stylometric analysis, I show that pseudonymous authors exploit the perception that they are trustworthy, only to switch identities after losing credibility with the market.” 2. “Our results provide no evidence that TABOR [Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights] affected taxes or spending in Colorado and are precise enough to rule out large negative effects.” 3. […] The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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22 сентября, 07:47

The three kinds of charter cities

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First, there is the minimal charter city.  During a cruise ship vacation, everyone lives under cruise ship law.  This works fine, and is easy to start up, but it also has limited applicability.  No one has to make a big cultural shift, as long as they don’t get too drunk while playing shuffleboard out on […] The post The three kinds of charter cities appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.