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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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Spatial Competition, the Industrial Revolution and the Great Divergence
There is a new NBER working paper on those topics by Klaus Desmet, Avner Greif, and Stephen Parente: A market-size-only theory of industrialization cannot explain why England developed nearly two centuries before China. One shortcoming of such a theo...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday assorted links
1. Brief for an inclusive anti-canon (in philosophy, and otherwise). And a transcendental argument for liberalism. 2. Krugman on the possibility of a trade war. 3. Vintage antique showers. 4. Applying Moneyball techniques to team chemistry in sports...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, June 18, 2018

Why consume the most recent news?
Here is another left-over question from my recent talk: How do you think about when it makes sense for to consume the most-recent news, in light of Robin Hanson's "news isn't about info"? How would you advise the rest of us? I consume the news avidl...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, June 18, 2018

What I've been reading
1. Susan Napier, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art. A thorough and serious treatment of Miyazaki's career, focusing on his creative works rather than biography per se. 2. Helen DeWitt, Some Trick. Conceptual and informationally dense short stories for h...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunday assorted links
1. Classic Merkelism (16/16). And a more worrying thread. 2. Harvard Asian-American ouch: "Harvard admissions evaluators staffers who are likely under pressure to deliver a target mix of ethnicities rate Asian-American applicants far lower on su...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Technology in Kubrick's *2001: A Space Odyssey*
This post serves up some spoilers of detail, though no major spoilers of plot until the penultimate "you must go see it" paragraph. Upon a re-viewing of this movie, I found the following striking: 1. There is a Skype-like service for phone calls, bu...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Economists in the Media
I am quoted on how economists are portrayed in the media: It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. It is not uncommon, for example, to see critiques of economics in the media which are about as sophisticated as saying "look at those silly p...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, June 17, 2018

*Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years, 1984-1996*
By Robert L. Bradley, this is the first of several volumes, covering the entire history of the company. Due out in August, it will be definitive. The post *Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years, 1984-1996* appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION....
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, June 17, 2018

*Divided: Why We're Living in an Age of Walls*
That is the new book by Tim Marshall, yes Trump and Israel and the like, but it goes much further than that. Here is one excerpt: Since 1971, Assam's population has more than doubled, from 14.6 million to over 30 million, much of which is due to ill...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Saturday assorted links
1. Is mindfulness demotivating? 2. "The likelihood of selling the company increases by 4X after migration to Silicon Valley (from 1.4% to 7.1%), and migrants also have higher patenting, commercialization, venture capital financing, and sales." Link ...
Marginal Revolution
Saturday, June 16, 2018

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