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    Thursday assorted links

    1. https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/sep/23/how-to-cook-the-perfect-dosa-recipe-felicity-cloake 2. The Supreme Court will not wreck Obamacare. 3. Some guy something to do...

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    Challenge Trials in Britain!

    From the FT: London is to host the world’s first Covid-19 human challenge trials — in...

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    The COVID Storyline

    Do you have good intuition for the time path of per capita (million) deaths from COVID...

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    The game theory of SCOTUS nominations

    Despite the conventional wisdom that Trump would surely nominate a judge to secure a conservative majority...

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    Wednesday assorted links

    1. Russian billionaire wants to buy cancelled Confederate statues. 2. “Nursing homes have new COVID-19 tests...

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    My Conversation with Alex Ross

    Here is the video, audio, and transcript.  Of course Alex has a new book out Wagnerism:...

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    The Great Forgetting: How to Stop Tooth Decay

    What if I told you that a cheap, effective and painless method of stopping tooth decay...

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    Cases vs. deaths in the Covid debates

    Once upon a time, there were some herd immunity theorists.  They claimed that once a certain...

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    Gangs, Labor Mobility and Development

    We study how two of the world’s largest gangs—MS-13 and 18th Street—affect economic development in El...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. What is the marginal cost curve like for gravediggers? 2. 66% herd immunity in the...

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    The Distribution of Vaccines in the 19th Century

    Distributing a COVID vaccine to billions of people will be challenging. We will require vials, needles,...

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    How should America regulate TikTok and other Chinese tech companies?

    I say focus on data protection but let them keep the algorithm.  From my new Bloomberg...

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    Unintended Consequences of Criminalizing Sex Work

    We examine the impact of criminalizing sex work, exploiting an event in which local officials unexpectedly...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. More detail on the Venus phosphine discovery. 2. Wes Pegden on herd immunity and transmission...

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    What should I ask Audrey Tang?

    I will be doing a Conversation with Taiwanese Digital Minister Audrey Tang, so what should I...

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    America, meet India

    Tata group has received approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for the commercial...

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    From my email, on QAnon

    This is perhaps a bit whacky, but along similar-ish lines to the uniqueness theory, I have been...

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    America fact of the day

    …according to recent polls from Quinnipiac and Monmouth, 38 percent of registered Hispanic voters in 10 battleground states...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. More American soft power: it seems BLM is one reason why Barbados might cast off...

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    What does QAnon stand for?

    Here is my Bloomberg column on that question.  This is not my central point, but it...

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    Claims about antibodies and T-cells and Sweden

    Buggert’s study in Sweden seems to support this position. Investigating close family members of patients with...

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    Saturday assorted links

    1. New York Film Festival looks strong this year. 2. Tattoo artists in Japan no longer...

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    Our Antigens, Our Selves

    In 2013 ago I wrote, Our DNA, Our Selves, arguing against the FDA’s crackdown on genetic...

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    Papers that have come from Fast Grants

    Here is a non-complete list.  I am reluctant to speculate on what I see as some...

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    What happened to the mandate, the third leg of the stool?

    But Congress did ultimately chop off a leg when it repealed the mandate penalties in 2017 — and,...

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    *How to Make the World Add Up*

    The author is Tim Harford, and the subtitle is Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers. ...

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    Friday assorted links

    1. German soccer team thrashed 37-0 after socially distancing from opponent. 2. AT&T wants to put...

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    University of Pennsylvania update and correction

    “The email sent by Penn SAS Deans last Tuesday needs to be interpreted with some care....

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    What I’ve been reading

    1. Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics.  One man’s version of “the...

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    The educational culture that is Dutch

    Academics should not be forced to squeeze their research into weekends and holidays, according to the...

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    No economics Ph.D admissions for U Penn next year

    The School of Arts and Sciences will pause admissions for school-funded Ph.D. programs for the 2021-2022...

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    Thursday assorted links

    1. Did Covid-19 trigger nostalgic taste in music? 2. The philanthropy of Chuck Feeney who gave...

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    The international game theory of vaccines

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: Ideally, a government...

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    American distress (average is over)

    The proportion of the US population in extreme distress rose from 3.6% in 1993 to 6.4%...

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    What is new in behavioral genetics?

    Here is an excellent conceptual survey article by K. Paige Harden, it goes well beyond the...

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    Incentives matter, high school college football divorce edition

    For a transfer student to be immediately eligible under Georgia High School Association rules, he or...

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    Wednesday assorted links

    1. Warsaw Ghetto state capacity. 2. Anger increases susceptibility to misinformation. When I see all you...

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    How is Defunding the Police Going in Minneapolis?

    Not well. MPR News: The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on...

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    Horror fans and morbidly curious individuals are more psychologically resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Fans of horror films exhibit less psychological distress during COVID-19. Fans of “prepper” films reported being...

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    Kiwi start-up to the Venus rescue

    On Monday, scientists announced the astonishing discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. This chemical...

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    Green vs. green: whose side are you on?

    An Australian mining firm wants to turn a Nevada valley into a quarry for lithium and...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. UAE announces emergency approval use for vaccine. 2. Doubts about the duration of protective immunity....

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    Which economic methods are in practice statistically more honest than others?

    …our results suggest that the [instrumental variables] and, to a lesser extent, [difference-in-difference] research bodies have...

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    Determinants of life expectancy

    Life expectancy in the US increased 3.3 years between 1990 and 2015, but the drivers of...

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    Reconstructing microeconomics as a kind of anthropology

    Here is the closing part of my introduction to what will be a forthcoming Taiwanese, classical...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. Gottlieb and McClellan, both former FDA heads, call for accelerated vaccine approval for designated groups,...

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    How to make yourself happier during the pandemic

    There is plenty of relevant psychological advice, here is some more narrowly economic advice from my...

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    The durability of violent revolution

    …regimes founded in violent social revolution are especially durable. Revolutionary regimes, such as those in Russia,...

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    On-line education in Oklahoma, from my email box

    I have not applied further indentation: “…this is seemingly starting to be a big deal in...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. The culture that is Singapore golf club script theft punishment. 2. Very good thread on...