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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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Thursday assorted links
1. Crowdfunding markets in everything: a Romanian jazz album with plants used as the musical instruments.  Dandelion sample here.  It grows on you. 2. Mongolian Neo-Nazis? The lesson here is simply, but neglected nonetheless.  And grammar Nazis. 3. I...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are younger societies more innovative?
François Derrien, Ambrus Kecskes, and Phuong-Anh Nguyen have a new paper on this topic, and basically the answer is yes, because of labor supply effects: We argue that a younger labor force produces more innovation. Using the native born labor force ...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, December 14, 2017

How to understand modern China
Ari emails me: On a completely different note, if I want to understand modern China what books, articles, etc. should I be reading? Do I start with a textbook? Historical scholarship? Fiction? Is Wikipedia the way to go? Start by asking someone who u...
Marginal Revolution
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wednesday assorted links
1. More Lyman Stone on falling fertility. 2. Conversations with Tyler contest, win a pair of headphones. 3. When to drop a bombshell (game theory). 4. Russ Roberts video on how the middle class is doing. 5. The Russian Siri is "…a bit politically inc...
Marginal Revolution
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

*Between Quran & Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities*
That is another truly splendid book by Navid Kermani.  Imagine deep and thoughtful essays on Goethe and Islam, Kleist and love, Shiite passion plays, Wagner and empathy, and why he doesn't so much sympathize with King Lear, all from a George Steiner ...
Marginal Revolution
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The culture that is San Francisco
Animal shelter faces backlash after using robot to scare off homeless people. Via ChiefRobot and Will Knight. The post The culture that is San Francisco appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION....
Marginal Revolution
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Facts about uh and um
…if a speaker marks a delay with "um," that delay will be longer than if it had been marked by "uh."  If "uh" is used, the delay that follows before resumption of fluent speech is roughly a quarter of a second; if "um" is used, the anticipated delay ...
Marginal Revolution
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Just remember the password people!
I have some tricks for doing this, which I have scrawled in the inner part of the margin of the manuscript.  Here is Matt Levine on Bitcoin: I half-joked yesterday that "perhaps the cost of bitcoin storage — keeping your private key in a vault, worry...
Marginal Revolution
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tuesday assorted links
1. The Western elite from a Chinese perspective. 2. Podcast with NPR Planet Money. 3. Bershidsky on Bitcoin futures. 4. "The timing of the agreement also coincides with speculation that India, Japan, the US and Australia will soon formally reconvene ...
Marginal Revolution
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The social origins of inventors
That is a new paper by Aghion, Akcigit, Hyytinen, and Toivanen, here is one brief excerpt: In particular we see that IQ is by far the main characteristic for the probability of becoming an inventor in terms of the share of variation it explains, foll...
Marginal Revolution
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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