Bookmarks (2914)

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    My podcast with Darren Lipomi

    He is a well-known chemist (and more) at UC San Diego. We started with classic Star...

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    MIT graduate micro exam, 1961

    From the archives of Irwin Collier (I won’t do any extra indentation): Economics Candidates: Answer any...

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    Edward Lazear has passed away

    He was one of the true microeconomists, from Wikipedia: Edward Paul Lazear…an American economist, the Morris...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. What Vietnam has been like.  And the Katya Simon recommendations. 2. Leopold Aschenbrenner is now...

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    Why is bitcoin at $18,000?

    We can all admit now that it isn’t a bubble, right?  Of course you still might...

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    The Flat Tax Increases Growth

    There is something to be said for tearing it all down and starting again. The flat...

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    Do pandemics boost public faith in science?

    No, according to Barry Eichengreen, Cevat Giray Aksoy, and Orkun Saka: It is sometimes said that...

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    The case for geographically concentrated vaccine doses

    Here goes: A central yet neglected point is that vaccines should not be sent to each...

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    The pandemic is indeed a big deal

    In our estimation, and with standard preference parameters, the value of the ability to end the...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. Short video, Beijing residents on Biden and Trump.  They are better thinkers than the lot...

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    Rapid Antigen Tests in Europe

    ‘If rapid antigen tests are so good how come other countries aren’t using them’? is a...

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    Externalities and Covid

    I am getting a little ornery with all of the people citing Covid externalities, and then...

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    Vaccination economic resumption sentences to ponder

    If you think of state governments as basically being as permissive as possible consistent with not...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. 40 labs in 21 states (SalivaDirect update). 2. “One travel job that is booming during...

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    I guess we will learn something from this experiment

    Hong Kong will give a one-time HK$5,000 ($645) payment to anyone in the city who tests...

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    Favorite books by female authors

    Elena Ferrante named her top forty, and I am not sure I approve of the exercise...

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    The death curve is going vertical

    Via Eric Topol. The post The death curve is going vertical appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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    Saturday assorted links

    1. Why did Wikipedia’s competitors fail? 2. Wallabies from Australia have gained a foothold in the...

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    Radio and riots

    Although the 1960s race riots have gone down in history as America’s most violent and destructive...

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    The political economy of Swine flu vaccine allocation

    Previous research has isolated the effect of “congressional dominance” in explaining bureaucracy-related outcomes. This analysis extends...

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    “The FDA’s vaccine advisory committee will meet Dec 8-10”

    Why not sooner? Inquiring minds wish to know.  Was the meeting hard to schedule? The post...

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    Mental health and Covid — correction

    Earlier I had reported incorrectly that one in five Covid patients developed subsequently mental health problems. ...

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    Friday assorted links

    1. Redux of my March Conversation with Russ Roberts on the coronavirus. 2. Is Wall Street...

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    Progress against HIV-AIDS hasn’t been reported enough

    While an effective vaccine against HIV may still be a long way off, a new HIV...

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    Covid travel markets in everything

    EVA Airways, one of the largest carriers in Taiwan, is partnering with travel experience company Mobius...

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    Is the Great Stagnation over?

    – A working mRNA vaccine (first ever in humans!), – Apple M1 chip, – SpaceX rocket...

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    Thursday assorted links

    1. The only thing worse than a meritocracy… 2. Covid betting markets in everything? 3. Matt...

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    Russell Roberts update Israel fact of the day

    Excited and humbled to announce that as of March 1, I will be president of Shalem...

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    What should I ask Benjamin M. Friedman?

    As noted, Ben has a new and very interesting book coming out Religion and the Rise...

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    International Trade in Modern Principles

    The Trump tariffs are the biggest change in trade policy since Smoot-Hawley. Whatever the economic merits...

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    Why conspiracy theories are on the rise

    There are certain ideas that are highly seductive, so much so that even “WEIRDOS” occasionally dabble...

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    David Splinter responds to Saez and Zucman

    When estimating income inequality with tax data, accounting for missing income presents many challenges. Researchers have...

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    Wednesday assorted links

    1. Rob Schneider likes Mises. 2. Nakamura’s life and income. 3. Where are the Covid deaths...

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    My Conversation with Jimmy Wales

    It was excellent throughout, here is the audio, video, and transcript, here is part of the...

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    Bt Eggplant is Great

    A very important result from Ahmed, Hoddinott, Abedin and Hossain in The American Journal of Agricultural...

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    The Chilean pension system is in crisis

    Chile’s celebrated $200bn private pensions system has served as a model for dozens of emerging markets...

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    Erasmus Darwin, apostle of progress

    Erasmus Darwin plunged into popular scientific poetry.  Cantering along in the style — if not with...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. I did a Firewall podcast with Bradley Tusk. 2. Complacency and American girl dolls. 3....

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    Post-Covid, is the U.S. falling behind China?

    I don’t think so, as I argue in my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:...

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    Platform Economics in Modern Principles

    Why is Facebook free? Why are credit cards less than free? Why do singles bars sometimes...

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    More immigrant founders and co-founders, in this case Moderna

    Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, is a two-time immigrant. He was born to Armenian parents...

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    LaMelo Ball What Price Fame?

    Ball, though, wasn’t content with just having been a solid player in Australia. Instead, he raised...

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    Sentences to ponder

    How many will speak up for science today?: Our results show that the enormous expansions of...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. State capacity: Italian Police Use Lamborghini To Transport Donor Kidney 300 Miles In Two Hours....

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    Modern Principles, New Edition!

    The new edition of Modern Principles is here! We take our title, Modern Principles of Economics,...

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    Intertemporal substitution remains underrated (Covid in Scotland)

    He suggested the announcement that the roll-out of a vaccine within weeks had persuaded people to...

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    Economics and epidemiology, revisited

    The Economist was kind enough to reference my earlier blog post on this topic, from April...

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    Asking for a friend

    What is the current take on foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election?  I hardly hear...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. Andrew Gelman on driving and the stock market. 2. Covid and complexity (Scott Sumner, I...

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    Sunny Days Protect Against Flu

    Vitamin D supplementation is cheap. Walking in sunlight is even cheaper. I’ve been doing more of...