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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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Stunning Figures on Energy Efficiency
Over the past 60 years, the energy efficiency of ever-less expensive logic engines has improved by over one billion fold. No other machine of any kind has come remotely close to matching that throughout history. Consider the implications even from 19...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, December 17, 2018

Mid-level urban average is over?
Forty years ago, Nashville and Birmingham, Ala., were peers. Two hundred miles apart, the cities anchored metropolitan areas of just under one million people each and had a similar number of jobs paying similar wages. Not anymore. The population of t...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, December 17, 2018

Measures of cultural distance
A new paper with many authors — most prominently Joseph Henrich — tries to measure the cultural gaps between different countries.  I am reproducing a few of their results (see pp.36-37 for more), noting that higher numbers represent higher gaps: Dist...
Marginal Revolution
Monday, December 17, 2018

Sunday assorted links
1. "Our results reveal that biographies remain in our communicative memory the longest (20-30?years) and music the shortest (about 5.6?years)." 2. Facial boarding. 3. Erik Torenberg free lunch list. 4. "In 2016, Marriott Hotels, which had 19 hotel br...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto
Tim May, physicist, libertarian-Randian, cypherpunk revolutionary, has died. Here is his Crypto-Anarchist Manifesto first published in 1992. A specter is haunting the modern world, the specter of crypto anarchy. Computer technology is on the verge of...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Deconstructing cultural codes
As I continue to do Conversations with Tyler, more people ask me about "the Tyler Cowen production function."  Well, here is one piece of it I don't think I've written about or talked about before.  I'm going to bring you there in slightly long-winde...
Marginal Revolution
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Alexa for animals
A peckish parrot has been caught ordering strawberries, a watermelon and even a water boiler through his foster owner's electronic personal assistant. Rocco, an African Grey, requested the items through an Alexa device while his minder was out of the...
Marginal Revolution
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Michael's short review of *Stubborn Attachments*
From my email, he said this was the entirety of his review: A reflection on how to best worship humans or some form of enduring human community as a god or gods. From a religious perspective, such an approach may at first seem illusory, but an attent...
Marginal Revolution
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Quito, Ecuador bleg
I haven't been for about twenty-five years, so I very much welcome your recommendations on what to do, see, and eat there.  And what should one do with a spare day in Guayaquil? I thank you all in advance for your extreme wisdom and counsel. The post...
Marginal Revolution
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday assorted links
1. Birth rates for conservative Protestants are doing worse than you think. 2. Ethereum update. 3. Professor freed her graduate student from Islamic state war zone. 4. "Individuals expect honesty to be less pleasant and less socially connecting than ...
Marginal Revolution
Saturday, December 15, 2018

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