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    Singapore sentences of the day

    Singapore has developed a “globally inter-operable” standard based on blockchain technology to facilitate cross-border verification of...

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    Saturday assorted links

    1. Douglas Murray on Greg Clark.  By no means do I agree with Greg on everything,...

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    Single-Shot and First Doses First

    The FDA panel voted unanimously to authorize the J&J vaccine. Good. Note, however, that the single-shot...

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    Is all that extra money trapped in high asset prices? (no)

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  Here is one bit: The hypothesis is...

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    UK to fast track drug trials

    Drugmakers will be offered fast-tracked approvals for innovative medicines in the UK as ministers seek to...

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    Vaccine markets in everything

    The German national carrier Lufthansa plans to set up a first class “Corona Lounge” in a Moscow airport...

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    Friday assorted links

    1. How much is the Tuskegee history still a factor? 2. Biggest archaeological findings of 2020?...

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    Market Design to Accelerate Vaccine Supply

    Market design to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine supply is my new paper in Science, co-authored with Camilo...

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    My Caribbean podcast with the excellent Rasheed Griffith

    One hour, fifteen minutes, almost all of it about the history and culture and economic future...

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    What I’ve been reading

    1. Kevin Donnelly, Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics, & the Average Men of Science, 1796-1874.  The Belgian...

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    The energy optimism of Austin Vernon

    I’m pretty convinced that even with business as usual carbon emissions will drop like an anvil...

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    Thursday assorted links

    1. The writing of philosophy.  And what is up in chess yes the world is really...

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    My Conversation with Patricia Fara

    The last chat was with Brian Armstrong about bitcoin, this one started with Isaac Newton and...

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    Potential yet still thwarted Filipino nurse vaccine barter markets in everything?

    The Philippines will let thousands of its health care workers, mostly nurses, take up jobs in...

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    Wednesday assorted links

    1. Robin Hanson: Is Status-Seeking A Context-Neglecting-Value? 2. UFO skeptic West has not in fact debunked...

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    A Majority of Doses are Now Second Doses

    As of Feb. 18 (last day of full data) we gave out 817,708 second doses and...

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    Duke is a Trademark Bully!

    Duke University has gone to incredibly and absurd lengths to contest other people’s trademark applications. For...

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    Texas utilities should have had more dynamic pricing

    But there was also a missed opportunity on the demand side. Texas has retail choice for...

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    “Beeple is an artist”

    Beeple is an artist. He makes digital art—pixels on screens depicting bizarre, hilarious, disturbing, and sometimes...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. Thwarted markets in everything: “Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. says he won’t give up...

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    The AstraZeneca Vaccine Works Well

    A new study looking at essentially the entirety of the Scottish population finds that both the...

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    Cool, green Britannia

    Over the summer of 2020, as coronavirus cases fell and life in Britain felt briefly normal,...

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    Clementine Jacoby, Emergent Ventures winner

    More than 2 million people are imprisoned in the U.S., among them hundreds of thousands who...

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    The new world of digital art on the blockchain

    In the 10 years since Chris Torres created Nyan Cat, an animated flying cat with a Pop-Tart...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. When it came to actual human affairs, John Rawls was in fact a mediocre, ordinary...

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    Hungary’s Vaccine Approval Rule

    AP: Hungarian health authorities were the first in the EU to approve the Sinopharm jab for...

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    My days as a teenage chess teacher

    I’ve already blogged my earlier job working in the supermarket, so I thought I would add...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. Rohit Krishnan reviews Stubborn Attachments. 2. “South Korea was the only country in the Organization...

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    The equitization of human labor, Fernando Tatis Jr. edition

    Fernando Tatís Jr. was 18 years old, just a low-level prospect from the Dominican Republic trying...

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    From the Comments, On FDF

    Sure and Tom Meadowcroft have been hitting it out of the ballpark in the comments sections....

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    Venezuelan relative price fact of the day

    As Venezuela enters its eighth year of economic crisis, a deeply personal drama is playing out...

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    Should unemployment benefits be taxed?

    A number of people on Twitter were mocking this earlier idea of Martin Feldstein’s, now a...

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    Saturday assorted links

    1. Do birth subsidies lead to more babies? (NYT) 2. Heartland visas will be part of...

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    Medical ethics? (model this)

    Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, a medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, said he doesn’t believe...

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    The First Dose is Good

    WSJ: The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE generates robust immunity after one...

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    British real wealth is rising

    Sterling climbed to $1.40 for the first time in almost three years as investors looked past...

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    Profile of Youyang Gu, data scientist

    In mid-April, while he was living with his parents in Santa Clara, Calif., Gu spent a...

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    Friday assorted links

    1. Some relative optimism from YouYang Gu.  And from Trevor Bedford. 2. Working for Zuckerberg and...

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    The demand for crypto

    Here is an email from a loyal MR reader: I’ve been importing a few things for...

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    Personnel economics working in the supermarket

    Yesterday I outlined my supermarket job from ages 16-18 in suburban New Jersey.  I did know...

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    Texas power cut bleg

    What should I read and follow on this topic? The post Texas power cut bleg appeared...

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    Thursday assorted links

    1. “Work on things that aren’t prestigious.” 2. Patricia Lockwood on Ferrante. 3. How to get...

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    Myopic Voters and Natural Disaster Policy

    Do voters effectively hold elected officials accountable for policy decisions? Using data on natural disasters, government...

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    Canada and First Doses First

    …With such a highly protective first dose, the benefits derived from a scarce supply of vaccine...

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    Diem is getting underway

    Diem has been through several iterations since it was first announced in June 2019, with adjustments...

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    My history of manual labor

    Here is another request: What is the hardest manual labor you’ve ever done? I love intellectual...

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    Political economy matters

    Schools in Oregon, Washington, and much of the west coast are slow to reopen, even with...

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    Wednesday assorted links

    1. Arnold Kling on feminized culture. 2. SSC on vitamin D.  He is fairly skeptical, I...

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    Canada and Novavax

    Canada has made some smart moves with the Novavax vaccine. First, they initiated a rolling review...

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    The problem with rapid testing was always on the demand side

    The U.S. government distributed millions of fast-acting tests for diagnosing coronavirus infections at the end of...