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Tyler Cowen  Alex Tabarrok

Marginal Revolution is a blog focused on economics run by economists Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, both of wh [Read More]

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On Preferring A to B, while also preferring B to A
When people evaluate two or more goods separately versus jointly it's common to see "preference reversals". In a random survey, for example, people were asked to value the following dictionaries: Dictionary A: 20,000 entries, torn cover but otherwise...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gendered language
Languages use different systems for classifying nouns. Gender languages assign many — sometimes all — nouns to distinct sex-based categories, masculine and feminine. Drawing on a broad range of historical and linguistic sources, this paper constructs...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Simplifiers vs. constructors in science
Simplifiers give one a better overall picture of how the world works, whereas constructors are trying to build something.  The balance seems to be shifting, for instance in physics: Within the Physics label…we find the simplifiers dominated three qua...
Marginal Revolution
Saturday, July 14, 2018

What I've been reading and browsing
1. Gaël Faye, Small Country.  Short, readable, and emotionally complex, one of my favorite novels so far this year.  Think Burundi, spillover from genocide, descent into madness, and "the eyes of a child caught in the maelstrom of history."  Toss in ...
Marginal Revolution
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday assorted links
1. The dating culture that is libertarian? 2. New Yorker Nathan Heller review of Annie Lowrey on sending people cash. 3. "The video games of Ecuadorean fishing village Santa Marianita." 4. Should everything be run by Thai Navy SEALS, and British hobb...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, July 13, 2018

*Kolyma Stories*, by Varlam Shalamov
It is difficult to express just how good these Gulag short stories are.  I would very literally second the blurb by David Bezmozgis: "As a record of the Gulag and human nature laid bare, Varlam Shalamov is the equal of Solzhenitsyn and Nadezhda Mande...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, July 13, 2018

Teacher wages and upward mobility
From David Card, Ciprian Domnisoru, and Lowell Taylor, the last few sentences are the most interesting: We use 1940 Census data to study the intergenerational transmission of human capital for children born in the 1920s and educated during an era of ...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, July 13, 2018

Canadian immigration sentences to ponder
It's that commitment to policing immigration that has, paradoxically, sustained such high levels of support… As for illegal and irregular immigration, Canadian governments from both ends of the political spectrum have worked—quietly—to ensure there i...
Marginal Revolution
Friday, July 13, 2018

The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining
By Michael Lovenheim and Alexander Willén: Teacher collective bargaining is a highly debated feature of the education system in the US. This paper presents the first analysis of the effect of teacher collective bargaining laws on long-run labor marke...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Who's complacent?
A strata on Vancouver Island is experiencing a backlash after passing a bylaw last week banning outdoor play — a rule that is not unusual but goes further than most, according to the Condominium Home Owners' Association of B.C. In B.C., ownership in ...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, July 12, 2018

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